- Created: August 23, 2016
- Updated: February 8, 2017
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 6.29 km
- Duration 1 h 34 min
- AVG speed 4.0 km/h
- Min altitude 7 m
- Peak 51 m
- Climb 89 m
- Descent 89 m
The Aberdour Circular is a favourite walking route of mine on a summers evening and takes in a small section of the Fife Coastal Path.
The route starts at the Braefoot Bay Car Park (following turning at roundabout for Braefoot Bay Terminal.
The car park is popular with dog walkers and cyclists and can be busy in the early evenings.
The route snakes it way past the Aberdour Golf Course and offers stunning views across the Firth of Forth towards Edinburgh. Once past the golf course you make your way through the village down to the harbour where the beach is an excellent rest point before making your way aling the foot of the cliffs that shelter the small bay.
The path here is very uneven and slighty hilly with rough stone stairs cut into the cliff making unsuitable for those with limited walking abilities.
Follow the cliff path to the top and you will be treated to a stunning view down to Inchcolm Island and the Forth bridges in the West and an amazing view East to the widening estuary ad beyond.
As you walk down from the hill, Silver Sands beach will come into view. The award-winning beach has toilet facilities and a lovely seafront cafe and plenty of picnic benches are available.
Leaving the beach you head back towards the village and past Aberdour Castle and Gardens (well worth visiting but there is a fee for doing so). You then make your way back through the village following the main road as you go.
On leaving the village follow the path down to the roundabout and cross over towards Braefoot Bay Terminal as before. Care must be taken as there is no footpath on the road leading back to the car park.
Route shared with Walk Fife by Sean Makin.
View route on OS Maps -
1. Start - Braefoot Bay Car Park
The route starts at the Braefoot Bay Car Park (following turning at roundabout for Braefoot Bay Terminal. The car park is popular with dog walkers and cyclists and can be busy in the early evenings.
2. End - Braefoot Bay Car Park
Care must be taken as there is no footpath on the road leading back to the car park.