Fife Coastal Path

Fife Coastal Path

A walk from North Queensferry to Newport-on-Tay along the golden coastline of Fife.

4 to 10 nights
35-83 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £570 per person

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About the trail

Enjoy an engaging hike through changing landscapes from Fife’s industrial south to the rural north. The Fife Coastal Path explores an area of low cliffs and rocky bays, grass-tufted dunes and picturesque fishing villages. Glimpse grey seals basking on the rocks just off the shore, and count the abundant reminders of Scotland’s rich history, including the caves with prehistoric paintings, the castles and the old watch houses, to name but a few.

Between the many thriving little ports along the trail, the path explores a large part of Fife’s coastline, with plenty of beachside walking and scenic views over historic ruins to enjoy.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

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  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Fife Coastal Path Short Break

About this route

4 to 5 nights
35 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate
2nd January to 24th December

From £570 per person

Fife Coastal Path Short Break

Setting off from the seaside town of Leven, this short break explores the beautiful East Neuk fishing villages that dot the coastline of Fife along this central section of the Fife Coastal Path. All the best parts of the full-length trail are here, with long walks along sandy beaches and the occasional assent to clifftop paths, where you’ll find staggering views out to sea.

This walk draws to its conclusion in St Andrews, where you can visit a ruined 12th century castle, the famous golf club, or the towering remains of the largest cathedral in Scotland, making this an excellent place in which to celebrate the completion of your walk.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
FCPSB1 From Leven(L) to St Andrews 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £570
FCPSB2 From Leven(L) to St Andrews 5 nights, 4 days walking Easy / Moderate £710

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
FCPSB1 From Leven(L) to St Andrews 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £570
FCPSB2 From Leven(L) to St Andrews 5 nights, 4 days walking Easy / Moderate £710

Fife Coastal Path Short Break 4 nights, 3 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

Please note that accommodation in St Andrew's is in very high demand and many accommodations have a minimum two night booking policy. As a side effect of this high demand an upgrade supplement charge may be necessary for St Andrew's or alternatively, transfers to nearby accommodation may be provided. You will be contacted if this circumstance will arise for your booking. 


Travel to Leven(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Leven(L) to Elie(L). 10 miles (16km) / 433 ft (132 m) ascent

Day 2

Elie(L) to Crail. 11 miles (18km) / 456 ft (139 m) ascent

Day 3

Crail to St Andrews. 13.5 miles (21.5km) / 722 ft (220 m) ascent


Depart from St Andrews after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays Fife Coastal Path Short Break map
Leven to St Andrews
35 miles (56 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Breathing in the fresh sea air, surrounded by the beautiful coastal scenery.

Wandering right through Fife’s heritage of sea-fishing, which still thrives in East Neuk’s fishing villages.

Visiting the historical landmarks of Lady’s Tower, a 16th-century dovecote, Newark Castle, St Monans Windmill, and the museum at Crail.

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to experience more of the sights and sounds of the Fife Coastal Path, consider taking an extra night, so that you have more time to spend exploring.

The town of St Andrews, home to the third oldest university in the English speaking world and also the home of golf, is a wonderful place to spend an extra night. There are the ruins of St Andrews Castle, atop the cliffs, a range of shops and the beautiful buildings of the university to explore.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 34.5 miles (55.5 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Maximum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Code: FCPSB1 Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Leven(L)
End of holiday: St Andrews

Route Profile

Fife Coastal Path Short Break Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Leven) are either Markinch (about 10 miles away) or Kirkcaldy (about 15.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (St Andrews) is at Leuchars (about 5.5 miles away).

By Bus - Buses run from both Markich & Kirkcaldy to Leven. Buses also run from St Andrews to Leuchars.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross/Euston stations to Markinch & Kirkcaldy. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Leven.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi. There is a bus from St Andrews to Leven, but it takes much longer.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Customer reviews from the Fife Coastal Path Short Break

“It was an excellent decision to book such a holiday! Great experience! I’ve already recommended this holiday to others.”
Mr Ofir, Israel
“Went extremely smoothly from start to finish. All lovely places to stay.”
Mrs Mullen, UK
“Overall - a FABULOUS holiday. We will return & thank you.”
Mrs Cameron, UK
“The scenery was spectacular. All our B&B hosts were so welcoming and helpful.”
Miss Hardman, Canada
“We fully enjoyed our Scotland Fife hike.”
Mr Parillo, USA
“Hello, we’ve had a great holiday, thank you so much. We managed to miss the rain as well, which was extra lucky. The person who took us to/ from the accommodation locations was very friendly and helpful too. Thank you!”
Mrs Hoy, UK
“We enjoyed our holiday very much, and we got lucky with the weather all the way as well . The accommodations we stayed at were absolutely great. I have already recommended this and other holidays from Contours Holidays to several friends. Yes, I’m sure I will book another holiday from you in the future. I already had the pleasure of walking the West Highland Way with you a few years ago.”
Mr Opedal, Norway
“We loved our trip! Thank you for the wonderful planning and communication.”
Ms Glassman, USA
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