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Independent Walking Holiday
  • Fife Coastal Path

Dates for 2023
  • 1 April – 31 October
  • From £925 per person based on 2 sharing a room
  • Loyalty scheme reduction applies for returning customers (see terms and conditions)
  • moderate to challenging walking holiday
  • 7 nights, 6 days linear walking between guest houses
  • A wonderful walking holiday following the coastal path of the Fife Peninsula.
  • Observing the great variety of birds present on the coast, renowned for its abundance of fish
  • Discovering some of the most beautiful fishermen’s villages around the UK all along the itinerary.
Accommodation and Meals
  • 7 nights B&B in ensuite 2 person rooms (double or twin) in very good quality Guest Houses or Hotels.  Some locations have very limited choice, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
What's included
  1. 7 nights accommodation in ensuite 2 person rooms on a B&B basis
  2. Transfers from Edinburgh to North Queensferry on day 1 and from St Andrews to Leuchars station on day 8
  3. Detailed walking notes including information about the area
  4. Walking maps
  5. Baggage transfers (1 bag per person, max weight 20kg)
What's not included
  1. All lunches, dinners and drinks
  2. Travel to Edinburgh at the start and from Leuchars at the end of the holiday
  3. Travel insurance
  4. Entrance fees
  1. Take a look at our other independent walking holidays in Scotland: West Highland Way & Skye - Trossachs National Park, Oban & Islands - West Highlands Way & Wild West Coast

Fife Coast

The Fife Coast independent walking holiday links the Forth and Tay Estuaries in Scotland. The full length of the Fife Coastal Path runs for over 183km though varied landscapes and coastal scenery, but we have chosen the most interesting 6 days which link North Queensferry, directly north of Edinburgh and St Andrews on the North Sea coast.

The walk goes via some of Scotland's most picturesque villages, mainy containing small fishing ports such as the pretty coastal town of Anstruther. From village to village, harbour to harbour, enjoy the cool summer of Scotland and witness the marine wildlife of the North Sea around the Fife Peninsula. Indeed, this hike is the perfect occasion, for bird watchers, to attend a daily flying show of a great variety of birds.

Your walk starts immediately after crossing the Forth Estuary by train, and ends in St Andrews, the home of golf, with its ancient University. In between are miles of golden beaches, attractive woods and nature reserves as well as some more functional towns such as Leven. The Fife coast also has a rich history with castle and church ruins, industrial remnants such as pulleys from the former coalyards and the pictish and prehistoric carvings in the Wemyss caves.

Walking Profile

Walking on tracks, paths and small roads with daily distances varying between 13 and 22km. The daily ascent varies from 100m to 220m.  Over the 6 days, the average daily distance is 18km and height gain is around 165m. Some paths along the coastline can be narrow at times with some uneven and sandy conditions underfoot. Suitable for regular walkers, as well as fit and healthy novices.


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Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Edinburgh and night in a comfortable hotel or guest house close to the train station and city centre. Explore the wonderful historic streets of the Old and New Towns.

There is the option of booking extra nights in Edinburgh. As well as booking extra accommodation, we can arrange visits to historic sites and a variety of tours such as food tours, walking tours, historic tours etc.

Day 2: North Queensferry - Aberdour

The first section of our Fife Coastal Path in Scotland starts at the iconic Forth Rail Bridge and alternates between rural coastal scenery and settlements including Aberdour with its art galleries, harbour and sandy beach. In Queensferry your hike starts by the Waterloo Well also known as Napolean Well as it is shaped like Napoleon’s hat, and was built to commemorate Wellington’s victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. Your trail passes through the Scottish Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve of Carlingnose Point where you can look out for rare species of fauna and flora.

Day 3: Aberdour - Kirkcaldy

Today's walk covers avaried stretch of the Fife Coastal Path exploring some quiet shorelines, picturesque harbours and ruined castles. You'll end the day in Kirkaldy which is home to Europe's longest street fair, with over 200 fairground rides and attractions, held each Easter on the town esplanade. The Kirkcaldy Galleries houses a stunning collection of artworks and artifacts, and the Adam Smith Theatre, just across the road, provides a wide program of entertainment with everything from pantomime and music to theatre and comedy.

Day 4: Kirkcaldy - Lower Largo

This part of the Fife Coastal Path has a fascinating stop by the Wemyss Caves and a grand finish along a fine sandy beach. Following a more built-up section around Buckhaven and Leven you'll reach Largo Bay. This is a beautiful 7 mile stretch of beach punctuated in the middle by the pretty village of Lower Largo. Many birds can be spotted along this stretch of coast including oystercatchers sanderlings, ringed plovers, and curlews. You'll also have a good chance of seeing common seals and the larger, ‘roman nosed’ grey seals. It is also worth keeping a look out for a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins. The path passes above the sands and is bordered by a host of wildflowers.

Day 5: Lower Largo - Anstruther

Explore Lower Largo before you continue your walk. An ancient fishing village, Lower Largo is an attractive village with a wide variety of charming cottages, a pretty harbour and beach. Andrew Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who was born in the village, spent four years as a castaway on an uninhabited island and is said to have inspired Daniel Defoe’s fictional character Robinson Crusoe. Your onward trail is an easy-going section of the Fife Coastal path linking three of the celebrated East Neuk fishing villages: St Monans, Pittenweem and Anstruther. There is plenty to see along the way.

Days 6: Anstruther - Kingsbarns

This is one of the most popular sections of the Fife Coastal Path, linking the largest of the East Neuk fishing ports - Anstruther - with perhaps the most photographed - Crail. Halfway between Anstruther and Crail are the fascinating Caiplie Caves. Eroded over time by weather and sea, the caves were once part of a sea cliff. Continue along the boulder-strewn coast, awash with wildflowers and shrubs to reach Crail harbour. Charming cobbled streets tumble down to the miniature harbour, which is sheltered by cliffs and surrounded by historic fishing cottages. Your trail then passes around the headland before going a small way inland to Kingsbarns.

Days 7: Crail - St Andrews

Your walking trail to St Andrews is along a lonely and picturesque stretch of coast, sometimes rough and occasionally muddy. Wading birds are common here. Eider and sometimes shelduck can be seen. This is a beautiful and fascinating stretch of coast. Look out for the pink sandstone Buddo Rock and the Rock and Spindle by St Andrews Bay. St Andrews, the home of Golf, is known for its historic university, medieval streets and wonderful traditional buildings. In addition, its ruined cathedral and castle are well worth a visit.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Leuchars train station and train travel to Edinburgh.

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For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided walking holiday please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.

Once you have booked on this independent walking holiday, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.


Accommodation & Meals

7 nights B&B in ensuite 2-person rooms (double or twin) in very good quality Guest Houses or Hotels. They are often in historic buildings with charm and character, and they have often rated 3 or 4 stars by local tourist board standards. Some locations have a limited choice. Packed lunches and evening meals are not included in the price of the holiday. Examples of the type of accommodation used are shown below.

Name Type Details Rating  

Aberdour Hotel

Hotel The Aberdour hotel is a family-run establishment with a very central location. The restaurant gives the opportunity to have a fresh and local meal. 3 stars  

The Waterfront, Anstruther

Guest house The Waterfront, as its name suggests, offers a view over the local harbour from the well-decorated 4-star rooms and its restaurant. 4 stars  
Travel Options

Travel Options

Travel Between Edinburgh and the walking holiday is included at the begining and end of the trip.

Edinburgh is well connected to the rest of the UK by train. It also has an international airport.




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