August 1, 2012


Fife Coastal Path – Chain walk

Guest blog by Ordnance Survey’s Gwyn Hughes-Jones

This is a great 11 mile walk which takes in the picturesque Fife villages of Elie, St. Monans and Pittenweem.  You can also explore two low tide paths at St Monans and via Ferrata at Kingcraig Point – but make sure you get your tide times right!! You will need to use an OS Explorer Map 371 – St Andrews and East Fife.

Start the walk at the large car park, with toilets, in Lower Largo. Lower Largo is the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s legendary character Robinson Crusoe.

Follow the signs to the right marked the Fife Coastal Path. You can either wander along the beach or follow the footpath along the dunes. After just over 3km look out for a footpath sign which takes you over Cocklemill Burn and follow the Coastal Path signs through the Caravan Park at Shell Bay.  After exiting the Caravan Park follow the path as it hugs the coast for 1km towards Kincraig Point. At this point you can follow the coastal path along the Fife Chain Walk if the tides are in your favour to witness the spectacular displays of columnar basalt and sever sea caves. Check the tide times here.

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