• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: February 3, 2017
  • Updated: August 12, 2017
Route type: Mid-distance Walk
Difficulty grade: Grade 1

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 10.85 km
  • Duration 2 h 42 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 0 m
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The coastal towns of Rosyth, North Queensferry & Inverkeithing provide a several pleasant road walks.

This route is a favourite of my fellow walkers and one we enjoyed in the summer thanks to the many stops along the way.

The route begins in the main street of Rosyth. There are plenty of places to park your car at the start point and the town is served well by the regional bus service.

The route takes the walker through Rosyth which is one of the few towns to hold  “Garden City” status. Garden cities were intended to be planned, self-contained communities surrounded by "greenbelts", containing proportionate areas of residences, industry, and agriculture. You can still see the streets are lined with trees throughout the town. The trail makes it way out of the town following the road that takes you up and over Castland Hill from which you get some great views down over the new Forth crossing.

This stage is easy going with fields to the right of you and the very noisy motorway to left of you. If you have a keen eye you may see some wild deer grazing in the fields and woodland. At the end of the road you cross over taking the new road towards North Queensferry.

The village provides plenty of nice places to stop and have a cup of tea (or a sneaky beer) and the view of the Forth Estuary from the pier are stunning so make sure you bring your camera. Nearby there is Deep Sea World aquarium which is known for it’s sharks. Well worth visiting if you have the time.

You next leave the seafront and walk up a very steep hill which leads you out of the village and onwards to Inverkeithing. This small town again offers plenty of nice places to stop and have a cup of tea (or another sneaky beer). As you make your way along the high street you may notice some of the interesting architectural heritage hidden among the modern buildings. The route takes you out of the town following the main road headed back to Rosyth.

On entering Rosyth you make a turn into the housing estate where you will shortly arrive at the park. The park is well kept and plays hosts to many community events and the nearby civic centre hosts a Sunday market once a month and it is well worth visiting. Passing the park you will follow the road back to your start point.

Although a long route, this is a easy walk thanks to the plenty of stopping points along the way and is very enjoyable in the spring and summer months.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Jake Muir

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