• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: January 11, 2018
  • Updated: January 12, 2018
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 13.64 km
  • Duration 3 h 24 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 7 m
  • Peak 60 m
  • Climb 237 m
  • Descent 237 m

The paths and trails around the coastal village of Aberdour are wonderful to walk all year round.

This walk is a combination of two I have previously shared on Walk Fife with a little additional leg added in.

The route begins in the parking point near St Colmes House. Leaving the carpark walk down the road to join with the Fife Coastal Path.

Head East along the path as it passes by Aberdour Golf Course and into the village itself. Walk along the main street and turn right on to Shore Road. This will lead you down to the Blacks Sands where you will find plenty of benches to sit down on and enjoy the view over towards Inchcolm Island.

Follow the coastal path towards and around the harbour and onwards around the rocky headland towards Silver Sands. Again the views that you are treated to as you make your way along the path are captivating so make sure you have a camera with you.

When you reach the beach and you need a break then The Sands cafe is a good stop and is open all year round. From the beach walk along the path towards Burntisland. This section of the route can be muddy in places in the wetter months so make sure you wear suitable footwear.

The path eventually leads you into the outskirts of Burntisland. The route then turns 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. Eventually the path stops and at this point you have to carefully cross the road to a access road heading back down to the coastal path.

Head west back along the coastal path for approximately 300m until you see an ScotWays signpost with directions for “Aberdour by The Heughs”. At this pint the route gets more demanding especially in wet weather so if you aren’t too keen on tackling this part you can follow the coastal path back to Aberdour. The Heughs path starts off with a very rough and muddy improvised steps. There are some parts of the staircase that have fallen would of minor landslips so please be careful. Once at the top of the steps you will find a woodland path that will lead along the ridge that overlooks the bay.

As you follow the path through the woods you will again be treated with plenty of stunning views down over Silver Sands and further towards the three bridges. The path will lead down to the main road running through the village. Walk through the village and turn left through the gateway towards the golf course. Follow the path alongside the course back to your finishing point.

This is a grade 3 walk and one that you need to be prepared for mud along the way. Very enjoyable thanks to the spectacular views.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Sean Makin.

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