The Fife coast - St. Andrews to Kingsbarns

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Aug 24

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14km / 9mi walk, short steep sections, could be muddy in places

Other events that link to this one:

  • St. Andrew to Kingsbarns: this event
  • Kingsbarns to Crail (Sun 25th August): link
  • Crail to St Monans (Mon 26th Aug): link
  • St Monans to Lower Largo (Tue 27 Aug): link
  • Lower Largo to East Wemyss: skipped, sorry!
  • East Wemyss to Burntisland (Sat 17 August): link.

Join me as I walk sections of Fife's coastal path. Normally walked south-to-north, we'll go the other way for a change. I have never been in the area (nor pre-walked the path) so we'll get to discover it together. It's summer, so let's hope for warmth and sun, make the most of the longer days and do feel free to pack swimwear!

You can see the route here: link

Here's some information on the walk I found while researching: it's a clear path but can be muddy and there are short steep sections. We will also pass a tidal section (and the planning rotates around this) that we will need to cross at low tide (which is around 1pm). We will pass many interesting points, starting with St. Andrews cathedral and continuing with rock formations (the Rock and Spindle and the Buddo rock, which you can see in the photographs), sandy shores and more.

As standard, I'll send an email before the event with weather updates and lunch options, depending how many we are, although for now please allow for a packed lunch.


On public transport, it is possible to reach St. Andrews by bus from Dundee (frequent services, about 30min journey) or from Edinburgh (Stagecoach X59 leaving at 8:50 arrives at 10:50). From Glasgow/Edinburgh one could take the train to Dundee and hop on the bus from there.

On the way back, Stagecoach bus 95 links Kingsbarns to St. Andrews (about £4 and at 25min past the hour between 4 and 6pm) if needed to go back to parked cars.

Note that all the above timings are from quick searches, please check your own travel plans, including parking options if you plan to drive, and don't rely on these timings! If you spot something wrong, let me know so I can correct it here.


If you are joining on the Sunday walk too and wish to stay in the area, there are plenty of accommodation options. Kingsbarns has an Inn and a B&B, but should these not be suitable one could always use the bus to move about (St. Andrews has plenty of options, with some affordable student accommodation options). I will personally be staying in the area, feel free to message me if you plan to do the same.

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