Best of the Fife Coast
Guided Trail: New for 2016
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
On the eastern side of Scotland lies the often undiscovered jewel known as The Fife Coastal Path. From Dalgetty 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.
Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links - 7nts
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 1500 hours and you will meet your trail leader prior to your evening meal.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Check-in at the hotel is available from 1500 hours and you will meet your trail leader prior to the evening meal for a welcome meeting. For information on how to get there please see our travel section.
Day 2: Dalgety Bay to Kinghorn
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), 1,250 ft (225m) of ascent.
Day 3: Ravenscraig to St Monan’s
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. We shall see remains of the salt pans which once occupied the shore, when salt was worth more than gold and exported to the continent. 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), 850ft (260m) of ascent.
Day 4:The Lomond Hills
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. 10 miles (16km), 1,050 ft (325m) of ascent and 1,900 ft (590m) of descent.
Day 5: Rest Day
A free day, with the opportunity to make a day-trip by train, south across the Forth Bridge to Edinburgh, or north across the Tay Bridge to Dundee.
Day 6: St Monan’s to Fife Ness
We rejoin the coastal path at St. Monan's, and pass a restored windmill as we 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. 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. 10.5 miles (16.5km), 600ft (180m) of ascent.
Day 7: Cambo to St Andrews
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 (14.5km), 530ft (160m) of ascent.
Day 8: Departure Day
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors
The nearest main line rail station is Markinch, about twenty minutes away from the hotel at Lundin Links. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The hotel can arrange a taxi from the station (at your expense), but please ensure that you give the hotel a call the day before your arrival to arrange this.
You can leave your car in the hotel car park for the duration of the holiday. The hotel is at Lundin Links on the main A915 road from Kirkcaldy to St Andrews, about one hour's drive from Edinburgh and one and a half hours from Glasgow.
From Edinbugh Airport catch the Jet 747 bus to Inverkeithling station, then on by train to Markinch. Buses run every 30 minutes - see www.edinburghairport.com
Dates & Prices
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- Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide
- All transport to and from the route is provided on walking days
Prices are per person
- Single room: £140 (complete holiday)
If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person