• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: October 12, 2017
  • Updated: October 13, 2017
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 19.99 km
  • Duration 4 h 59 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 0 m
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St Andrews is a popular starting point for many long distance walking routes.

This 20km circular route is one I discovered last year during my first year of study at University of St Andrews.

The route begins in the car park of the East Sands Leisure Centre. Leave the car park and head out to the main road. Cross over the road and look for Grange Road. This the first of many roads that make up this route. The road has some narrow verges and the occasional length of roadside track but you will mainly be walking on the road itself so be careful.

Walk Fife note: Please abide by the Highway Code for walkers - you can learn more by visiting http://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/safety/highway-code-for-walkers.aspx

Follow the road for 5km as it weaves it’s way through the farmland. There are few places of shelter along the way so if you are walking this route in summer make sure you have sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water. At the 5km mark you will reach a t-junction where you need to turn left and head towards Stravithie. This stretch of road is slightly busier than the previous road but the grass verges are wide enough in most places to stand upon when traffic does pass you.

You will eventually reach a t-junction where you will turn left and follow the road for approximately 600m you will see a turning right (signposted for Kingsbarn and Crail). This is quiet stretch of road and very easy going under foot. Follow this road for just under 3km until you reach a t-junction where you will turn right and head towards Boarhills. This short part of the route is very busy with traffic so be very careful when walking the segment.

Turn left in to the tiny village of Boarhills. Follow the main road (not much traffic here) through the village until you reach the sign post marking the Fife Coastal Path. Follow the sign and head down to the coast. From here all you have to do is follow the Coastal path back towards St Andrews and your end point at the leisure centre (just over 4km). This stretch of the coastline is stunning no matter the weather and I suggest you bring a camera with you.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Ewan F.

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