The Fife Coastal Path covers 174km between Kincardine and Newburgh, between the Forth and Tay estuaries. On this self-guided walking tour you walk the Burntisland to St. Andrews section, from popular seaside resort to world-famous university city. Dip in and out of traditional fishing villages like St Monans, and visit historic gems such as Macduff’s Castle. This is a fine way to immerse yourself in Scotland’s eastern peninsula over six days, where coastal paths and nature reserves are peppered with caves and coves. Stay in small, mostly locally-owned hotels, with luggage transfers.
- Award-winning beaches
- Fife’s East Neuk fishing villages
- Eden Estuary Nature Reserve
- St. Andrews
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Day 1: Arrive Burntisland
Today you arrive in the seaside resort of Burntisland, a former royal burgh and parish in Fife. Burntisland is easily reachable from Edinburgh by train (35-40mins).
- Accommodation: The Kingswood Hotel, or similar in Burntisland
Day 2: Burntisland to Leven | 27km
From Burntisland, the path heads along a sandy beach before heading out east towards the village of Kinghorn. The path continues past the harbour and out towards Wemyss Caves before finishing in Leven. This is a challenging day and the route can be shortened upon request.
- Walking for the day: 27km, 6-7h, highest point: 99m
- Accommodation: Dunclutha Guesthouse or similar in Leven
Day 3: Leven to Elie | 14km
From Leven the main route leads to Lunden Links along the glorious sandy beaches. Onwards, the route climbs and winds along the coastline with some beautiful views before passing a nature reserve and Kincraig Head. A transfer will collect you for your second overnight in Leven.
- Walking for the day: 14km, 4h, highest point: 77m
- Accommodation: Dunclutha Guesthouse or similar in Leven
Day 4: Elie to Crail | 17km
From Elie, the path heads along the coastline, passing the ruins of a clifftop castle before reaching St Monans, one of three East Neuk fishing villages. Continuing on, you come to two more villages: Pittenweem and Anstruther. The next section of the path is easy-going and straightforward with views over to the Isle of May and Bass Rock before reaching Crail – considered the most photographed location on the Fife Coastal Path.
- Walking for the day: 17km, 4-5h, highest point: 28m
- Accommodation: Honeypot Guesthouse or similar in Crail
Day 5: Crail to St. Andrews | 22km
Soon after leaving Crail, the path winds it’s way around the Fife headland. Make sure to check tidal times before beginning your walk today as some sections are impassable at high tide. The walk today consists of beaches, rivers and farmland before arriving into the historic town of St. Andrews.
- Walking for the day: 22km, 5-6h, highest point: 128m
- Accommodation: No.12 B&B or similar in St. Andrews
Day 6: Departure
Departure by bus or train to Edinburgh (2-3h). Additional nights at the end of the walk can be arranged to explore Dundee or Edinburgh at your leisure.
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of small, locally-owned hotels, B&Bs and traditional guesthouses. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their proximity to the Fife Coastal Path, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
Show the default hotels for this trip
Hotels are subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your accommodation the night before. You can have dinner at the guesthouse you are staying at or at the village pubs and restaurants.
Difficulty and terrain
Although daily elevation gains are not very big, you should be prepared to walk on average 20km or 5-7h per day. Some days will be more challenging than others and the terrain will be varied with some rough and rugged footpaths (read more about difficulty grades). The route is well signposted throughout, however, walkers must be vigilant at all times as there are paths and junctions along the way which deviate from the main route. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
This trip is available to commence every day from 18 March till 07 October.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, and you can start your trip on any date during the season. For detailed info, see our blog on the Best time to go to Scotland.
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Our recommended airport for this tour is Edinburgh.
By train or bus
- Glasgow/Edinburgh: There are excellent air, train and bus services, allowing easy access anywhere in the UK and overseas.
- This walking holiday is reachable by rail. Take a train to Burntisland at the start of the tour and, after your last night in St. Andrews, the nearest train station is in Leuchars, just 12mins by taxi. For public transport planning within Scotland, see Traveline Scotland.
- Pre-booked accommodation as per the itinerary on five nights in B&Bs, small hotels and guesthouses
- Full breakfast each morning
- Door-to-door luggage transfers on all walking days – one piece per person up to 18kg
- Access to your digital pre-departure information (your accommodation list, GPS map of the route, baggage transfer information, itineraries, route information of cafes, restaurants, local bus timetables, etc.)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights along the route are available upon request