• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: April 21, 2017
Route type: Mid-distance Walk
Difficulty grade: Grade 2

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 8.67 km
  • Duration 2 h 10 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 0 m
  • Descent 0 m

The Fife Coastal Path is hugely enjoyable to walk and this looped walk takes in a small but beautiful section of it.

This route begins and ends on Aberdour’s Silver Sands beach and is a nice stroll for all the family.

The starting point for the walk is the main car park. There is a small parking fee in the holiday periods (£1.50 per day). Leaving the car park you walk down the hill on to the shore.

Silver Sands is a very popular beach and offers plenty of places for picnics and fun. The shore has a restaurant (Sands), toilets and a small play park for kids.

The route follows the shore towards the coastal path proper that heads alongside the coastal railway line. This section of the walk can be muddy in areas but in vernal it is easy walking.

There are plenty of places to stop along the shore to enjoy the views over the Forth and beyond.

As the route nears Burntisland there is a very picturesque waterfall and even a place for man’s best friend to stop and have a drink.

On entering the outskirts of Burntisland the route begins to turn inland away from the Fife Coastal Path and heads through the edge of the town until exiting on the A921. This leg of the route heads up a steep hill alongside fields (plenty of cows for the little ones to see).

Eventually the path stops and at this point you have to carefully cross the road to a minor road heading back down to the coastal path. The route then backtracks the initial stages of the route back to Silver Sands.

When you reach Silver Sands follow the path out to the point (marked with a light beacon) where you will get some nice views of the bay. This section is quite rocky so if you are unable to cope with the rocks you can bypass this part of the walk but you can still get a nice view from the parking point.

The final stage of the walk takes you up the hill via steps to yet another view point but take care if you decide to head over the style on to the cliff top. The route then heads back through the wooded area towards your start point.

This is a route we often walk in the summer evenings to relax after work.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Sean Makin.

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