Walking The Fife Coastal Path

Discover Scotland on foot with the Fife Coastal Path, on a walk that incorporates the wilder side Britain’s beaches with historic castles and caves, fascinating wildlife and quaint fishing villages along the coast paths route.

Highlights
  • Exploring characterful East Neuk fishing villages
  • Kincraig Hill – the place that inspired Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe
  • The medieval city of St Andrews
  • A range of incredible castles including Aberdour Castle, St Andrew’s Castle and Wemyss Castle
  • Spotting a wealth of wildlife including sea mammals and migratory birds
  • Visit offshore islands of Incholm and Isle of May
  • Picturesque harbours at St Monans and Pitenweem
  • 7 to 8 nights
  • 63 mls (view km)
  • N. Queensferry (Edinburgh), Eastern Scotland
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Apr to Oct
  • £615

Walking Holidays Made Simple with Celtic Trails

The official coastal walk runs from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north. Whether you’re keen to explore the historic town of St Andrews with its ancient university and fascinating 12th-century castle or trek up Kincraig Hill, book a walking holiday with Celtic Trails and take advantage of our expertise and experience.

From offering guidance on the best trails for experienced walkers to organising transfers for overseas clients, booking with us ensures a hassle free holiday. We have been organising walking holidays for the past 20 years and consider ourselves to be market leaders.

Call us today on 01291 689774 to book your expedition.

Path Walkthrough

Fife Coastal Path walk map
Our Fife coastal path route take you from North Queensferry to St Andrews

Low lying coastal areas meet rocky outcrop, nature reserve, forest and the inevitable odd tarmac path and pavement. The path takes in a succession of historic sites, running through wildlife conservation areas and long stretches of sand as well as rugged northern coast. The route is mainly low-lying, however poor weather conditions can make some sections more challenging.

The path out of North Queensferry meets quarry, beach and bay as well as patches of woodland along the route to Burntisland. Over tarmac through Kirkaldy to woodland and shoreline paths, Ravenscraig and Macduff Castle are along the way. As you navigate the clifftops over Kincraig point, your route narrows in on the fishing village between Leven, Elie and Crail. After leaving Loch Fife, the route crosses rugged coast before finishing at St. Andrews

 

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Fife Coastal Path Walking Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

North Queensferry to St Andrews

Length: 63 miles/ 101 km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Code
Duration
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FCP1
7 Nights / 5 Days
£615 pp

North Queensferry to St Andrews

7 Nights / 5 Days
Holiday Code: FCP1
From: £615 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £30 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive North Queensferry
Day 2:North Queensferry to Burntisland12 miles/19km
Day 3:Burntisland to Leven16 miles/25km
Day 4:Leven to Elie10 miles/16km
Day 5:Elie to Crail11 miles/18km
Day 6:Crail to St Andrews14 miles/22km
Day 7:Rest Day St Andrews – optional walking or sightseeing
Day 8:Departure Day

Itinerary Information: 7 nights accommodation with 5 walking days. Arrive in North Queensferry on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from St Andrews on morning of day 8.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Apr to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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FCP2
8 Nights / 6 Days
£675 pp

North Queensferry to St Andrews

8 Nights / 6 Days
Holiday Code: FCP2
From: £675 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £30 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive North Queensferry
Day 2:North Queensferry to Aberdour8 miles/13km
Day 3:Aberdour to Kirkcaldy10 miles/16km
Day 4:Kirkcaldy to Leven10 miles/16km
Day 5:Leven to Elie10 miles/16km
Day 6:Elie to Crail 11 miles/18km
Day 7:Crail to St Andrews14 miles/22km
Day 8:Rest Day St Andrews – optional walking or sightseeing
Day 9:Departure Day

Itinerary Information: 8 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in North Queensferry on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from St Andrews on morning of day 9.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Apr to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • High standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers (one bag per walker, max 18kg per bag)
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning
  • Pricing Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £50 per night

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £30 per night. Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £50 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Recommended locations for a rest day are: St Andrews (included in holiday itinerary)

    Please note that if there is unavailability at our usual B&B accommodations in St Andrews that hotel accommodation (at an additional cost) will be booked instead to complete the booking.  Please do let us know if you are happy for us to upgrade here if necessary or if you would rather choose different holiday dates.

  • Getting There

    By Air: Nearest airport is located in Edinburgh (regular bus/tram to Edinburgh City for transport connections)

    By Rail: Nearest railway stations are located in North Queensferry (20 minutes train journey from Edinburgh) and Leuchars for St Andrews

    By Bus: Bus stations are located in Edinburgh, Leuchars and St Andrews

    Bus journey from St Andrews to Leuchars is 11 minutes

    Frequent bus services along the Fife Coastal Path

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    If you prefer to arrive by car, we can advise on car parking arrangements.

  • Best Time to Travel

    Statistically, the best months to travel are May and September, winter walks will suit shorter distance journeys as the weather can be highly variable. That being said, bad weather can occur at any point of the year, the important thing is to be prepared. Remember to check the weather forecast and tidal data for whenever you plan to walk.

    Some walkers may be surpised at how remote sections of the Fife Coast Path are, particularly between Leven, Elie and Crail. Mobile phone receptions is not always guaranteed along this particular trail.

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Client Reviews of our Fife Coastal Path Walking Holidays

Our past clients rated this walk 4.5 out of 5; read a selection of 6 reviews below.

We are regular long-distance walkers. Fife was new to us. Length of walk suited the time and dates we had available. Stunning scenery, interesting villages, friendly locals, great time of year for wildlife and wonderful weather. Well maintained and signed path.

4.2 out of 5

June 2019

Nikki was very attentive and efficient. I fell relaxed and refreshed after a week or so walking outdoors.

4.5 out of 5

August 2019

Celtic Trails were a positive way of doing a long-distance walk, where accommodation and luggage transfers were all arranged, leaving us to just enjoy the walking.

4 out of 5

August 2019

I most enjoyed the scenery, walking on beaches, the seals and the birch.

4.6 out of 5

August 2018

"We want to thank you and others at Celtic Trails who made our recent holiday so delightful. We enjoyed all the B&B hosts we met, the weather co-operated, and we completed our walk with a sense of the beauty of the coastline and the excellence of the trail itself."

5 out of 5

September 2017

"Spectacular scenery, kind hosts."

4.75 out of 5

June 2017

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