A popular stop-off point along the Fife Coastal Path, the best way to explore Dysart is on foot. Follow the Sailor’s Walk from the village centre to the outer end of Dysart Harbour, before heading to Pan Ha’ and its white-walled, red-roofed houses. These 16th and 17th century fishermen’s houses were built on the stretch of land where seawater used to be evaporated in pans to make salt, an industry which led to Dysart being known as ‘Saut Burgh’.
Nearby St Serf’s Tower was once the bell tower for the now-ruined church alongside. However, the still-imposing 16th century structure had another function. Climb the 103 steps to the top of St Serf’s Tower and you’ll spot the fireplace which kept Dysart’s lookouts warm in the 1540s as they scanned the horizon for invading English ships.
Remember to pop into the Harbourmaster’s House, headquarters of Fife Countryside Trust. As well as an excellent bistro, the Harbourmaster’s House offers an interactive tour of Dysart, stunning views – and award-winning toilets.
Walk in the footsteps of pilgrims on this new 64 mile walking route.
Recently featured on Season 2 of Outlander, Dysart Harbour is leased to Dysart Sailing Club and berthing enquiries should be