Exploring the narrow cobbled streets of Culross, on the Fife Coastal Path
Rough map of Scotland, showing the location of Fife
THE POSITION OF FIFE
IN SCOTLAND
Fife Coastal Path
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 MAPS OF SECTIONS OF THE FIFE COASTAL PATH
View of the Forth railway bridge from North Queensferry, on the Fife Coastal Path
The Tay Railway Bridge
THE FIFE COASTAL PATH is a long-distance walking route in Scotland. It runs from the Firth of Forth not far from Edinburgh to the Firth of Tay at Dundee, linking the magnificent Forth and Tay bridges. The actual route has been added to over the years, and you may, if you wish, walk all the way from Kincardine to Newburgh, a distance of some 117 miles, but I prefer to think of it as the walk between the bridges, between North Queensferry and Dundee, a distance of some 80 miles or so. This is a truly wonderful walk, taking in the utter beauty of Fife's East Neuk on Scotland's East Coast. There are pretty little harbours, colourful cottages with red pantiles, and scenery that is more than likely to make you cry with happiness. Like all long-distance walks there is no stipulation to do it all at once. Walking it in small sections is permitted. You could, for talking's sake, just walk one teensy weensy mile between St Monans and Pittenweem, but I can guarantee that that one little mile will make you want to come back again and again for more.
If you decide to walk the whole thing all at the same time, between the Forth Bridge and the Tay Bridge, then 80-odd miles is a fair trek, and you should spend some time going over maps and planning what distance you will do each day. I walked it many years ago, before it was recognised as the Fife Coastal Path, and like all long-distance walks it was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. For some reason I find the last day of trekking always reduces me to tears. It's usually that first sight of a recognisable feature, like the sea or whatever. On this occasion, it's more than likely to be the Tay Bridge and the fine city of Dundee. I generally end such walks as a bubbling but contented wreck.
Some of you may wish to plan it in some detail, to book all your accommodation in advance, to know what shops and toilets may or may not be open, and know precisely where you will be at any given moment on any given day. That's okay. Others may wish to just wander off and see how things go. It's always a risk doing it like this; you may struggle to find accommodation, shops may be shut, and you may find a very long and almost unmanageable day of trekking presents itself. The thing about the Fife Coastal Path is that unlike other long-distance routes, you're never that far from civilisation, so if it all goes horribly wrong you're never going to be that far from some help. That said, you should still be reasonably prepared. At least have a skeleton plan to work to. Always know what the weather forecast is. Carry waterproofs and food and water and, last but by no means least, always carry paper Ordnance Survey maps for the sections of the route you intend to walk. Because while the Fife Coastal Path pretty much hugs the coast for much of the way, it's nice to always know exactly where you are and how far you've got to go to reach that bowl of soup, umpteen pints of good Scottish ale, and a soft fluffy pillow. Enjoy yourself.
The links below will take you to maps of sections of the route that pass through towns listed in The Good Soup Guide. To look at sections in places that are not yet listed in The Good Soup Guide, merely click a link that is nearest the place you are interested in, then use the directional arrows on the map.
CULROSS
This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path between Kincardine and Culross. Click HERE to view the Culross map.

LIMEKILNS
This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path around Limekilns. Click HERE to view the Limekilns map.

NORTH QUEENSFERRY
This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through North Queensferry. Click HERE to view the North Queensferry map.

ABERDOUR

This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through Aberdour. Click HERE to view the Aberdour map.

BURNTISLAND
This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through Burntisland. Click HERE to view the Burntisland map.

KIRKCALDY AND DYSART

This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through Kirkcaldy and Dysart. Click HERE to view the Kirkcaldy and Dysart map.


WEST WEMYSS
This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through West Wemyss and East Wemyss. Click HERE to view the West Wemyss and East Wemyss map.

LOWER LARGO

This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through Lower Largo. Click HERE to view the Lower Largo map.


ELIE
This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through Elie. Click HERE to view the Elie map.


ST MONANS, PITTENWEEM AND ANSTRUTHER
This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through St Monans, Pittenweem and Anstruther. Click HERE to view the St Monans, Pittenweem and Anstruther map.


CRAIL AND FIFE NESS
This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through Crail and Fife Ness. Click HERE to view the Crail and Fife Ness map.


ST ANDREWS
This page covers the section of the Fife Coastal Path that passes through St Andrews. Click HERE to view the St Andrews map.
The full Fife Coastal Path passes through the following places: Kincardine, Culross, Charlestown, Limekilns, Rosyth, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Dysart, West Wemyss, Buckhaven, Methil, Leven, Lundin Links, Lower Largo, Earlsferry, Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther, Cellardyke, Crail, Fife Ness, Boarhills, St Andrews, Guardbridge, Leuchars, Tayport, Newport-on-Tay, Newburgh.
The Fife Coastal Path as it leaves North Queensferry to pass under the Forth railway bridge
The coast between Kirkcaldy and Dysart, on the Fife Coastal Path
Dysart - on the Fife Coastal Path
The railway bridge at Lower Largo, on the Fife Coastal Path
Colourful houses overlooking the harbour at St Monans, on the Fife Coastal Path
The Fife Coastal Path at Pittenweem
The Fife Coastal Path near Anstruther
Looking down towards the harbour at Crail, on the Fife Coastal Path
Looking towards the castle in St Andrews - on the Fife Coastal Path
RRS Discovery at Dundee
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View of West Wemyss and its harbour, on the Fife Coastal Path