Best of the Fife Coast

Ruins of St Andrews Castle
Duration: 6 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,049pp

On the eastern side of Scotland lies the often undiscovered jewel known as The Fife Coastal Path. From Dalgety Bay to the historic town of St Andrews we can enjoy amazing wild coastline, pretty fishing villages and harbours, historic castles and caves, and abundant wildlife. We also explore the rolling Lomond Hills with their distinctive twin peaks, commanding spectacular views over the Kingdom of Fife and across the Firth of Forth to Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh.

Holiday Highlights

  • Fishing villages full of charm and character
  • Historic town of St Andrew's famous for its university and golf
  • Walk along Cambo Sands and the North Sea and enjoy bird-life and striking geological features
  • Near to Edinburgh 

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

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51½ miles over 5 days, sometimes on rough and uneven terrain with up to 1,250 feet of ascent in a day. Expect to be walking 6-7 hours each day.

Check-in at The Old Manor Hotel is available from 15:00 hours. Your leader will be at reception at 18:30 to meet the group and for a quick introduction to the holiday before dinner.

We walk from Dalgety Bay, within sight of the famous Forth Railway Bridge which takes the main line across to Edinburgh.  On our way we pass the ruins of St. Bridget's Kirk, and then reach Aberdour, an attractive village with a castle dating back to the 12th century. We walk round the pretty Silver Sands Bay and climb onto the Binn, a striking hill overlooking the town of Burntisland, with panoramic views up and down the Firth of Forth. From here we drop down, past the peaceful Kinghorn Loch, renowned for its bird-life, to reach the old port of Kinghorn.

11 miles (18 km) with 1,250 feet (225m) of ascent.

In the morning we walk from Ravenscraig Park, on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy, past the historic harbour at Dysart as far as East Wemyss. Dysart’s history goes back to the beginning of Christianity in Scotland, and it has also been a busy commercial port. Coal was also mined here, for Fife had more working pits than anywhere else in Scotland. At lunchtime we travel from East Wemyss to Shell Bay, and then continue our walk over Kincraig Head, where there are old defences from the Second World War, to reach the twin resorts of Earlsferry and Elie. Our route then passes the Lady Tower, an 18th century summerhouse, built for Lady Anstruther who used to come and bathe here, and ends at St. Monan's, a small fishing village with narrow streets, a stone-built harbour and an impressive cliff-top church.

11 miles (18km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.

Today we head inland to explore the Lomond Hills and climb the Western peak. There are fine views all round, north to the River Tay, west to the Ochil Hills, south to the Forth, and east to the North Sea. Our walk ends by descending pretty Maspie Glen, with its succession of waterfalls, to historic Falkland with its 16th century royal palace, a favourite retreat of King James V and his daughter, Mary Queen of Scots. Here there may just be time to visit Falkland Palace - National Trust Scotland ( cost £12.50 /£9 concessions - 2019; free to National Trust members).

10 miles (16km) with 1,050 feet (325m) of ascent and 1,900 feet (590m) of descent.

We rejoin the coastal path at St. Monan's, and pass a restored windmill and see remains of the salt pans which once occupied the shore, when salt was worth more than gold and exported to the continent. We then make our way eastwards to Pittenweem, still a working fishing village. The white houses here, with their red-tiled roofs, illustrate the classic East Neuk style of building, influenced by centuries of trade with Flanders and the Netherlands. Our next stop is Anstruther, a busy seaside resort, where there'll be a chance to visit the impressive Scottish Fisheries Museum (cost £9/£7 concessions). Crail comes next, a smaller, traditional village with a 17th century harbour, full of charm and character. From here the path heads through Kilminning Wildlife Reserve to Fife Ness, the most easterly point of the Kingdom.

10½ miles (16.5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.

Our final day's walking begins in the impressive grounds of Cambo House, as we follow a wooded glen down to re-join the coastal path. We are now facing the North Sea, and our route becomes more remote and rugged, though never far from a series of cliff-top golf-courses. We will see plenty of sea-birds, and pass striking geological features like the Rock and Spindle, as we head to the historic town of St. Andrews. Here there will be a little time to view its historic buildings: the castle, the ruined cathedral, the University colleges, and the iconic Royal and Ancient golf-course.

9 miles (14.5m) with 530 feet (160m) of ascent.

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The Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links - Best of Fife Coast

This is a centre-based holiday located in the village of Lundin Links, where you'll stay at the family owned Old Manor Hotel, in one of the most scenic parts of this glorious corner of Scotland. The hotel is at the gateway to Fife's East Neuk, an attractive area of picturesque fishing villages and countryside. It has 23 ensuite rooms, beautiful sea-view dining, and comfortable lounges; Lundin Links’ fine beach is only ten minutes' walk away. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, TV and radio and free WiFi. Limited drying facilities are available.  Check in at the hotel is available from 3pm and you will meet your trail leader prior to your evening meal. 

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Essential Information

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment need to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Waterproof walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast-drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for a hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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02 Jul - 08 Jul 2022
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03 Sep - 09 Sep 2022
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Important Information

Double room for sole occupancy: From £150 (complete holiday)

Did you book to share?

If so, you will be allocated a same-gender twin sharing room. Please note that if (at ten weeks prior to the start of the holiday) a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room will be allocated to you with the resulting single room supplement applicable. Any additional charge for the single supplement will be confirmed at the point of final payment. Bookings are accepted on this understanding.

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