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Cycling the Fife Coast

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Keen cyclist and Sustainability Researcher James Bonner took a 3 day cycle around the Fife coast, taking in some of its natural and cultural attractions.
Anstruther to Kirkcaldy

Anstruther to Kirkcaldy

Pittenweem: After a beautiful sunrise in Anstruther, my first stop in the morning just a few kilometres away was the Cocoa Tree Shop in Pittenweem for some coffee - which felt like a little bit of Belgium or France in the middle of Fife! Not to be missed- and I even got a voucher as a Christmas present for my sister… (http://www.pittenweemchocolate.co.uk/)  

East along the coast: Passing through the picturesque villages of St Monans and Ellie, I cycled onto the towns of Leven, Buckhaven and towards Kirkcaldy. Notably the traffic on the roads gets a bit heavier around these population centres, as cyclists should continue to take some extra care. 

Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy

 One of the main towns on the coast, Kirkcaldy is a good stop for all kinds of amenities. In particular art lovers will enjoy the highly impressive collection of Scottish art at the town’s galleries- works by William McTaggert, S.J. Peploe and Jack Vettriano are on display in its permanent collection. (https://www.onfife.com/kirkcaldy-galleries-art-gallery

Kirkcaldy to Dunfermline

Kirkcaldy to Dunfermline

Buntisland and Aberdour: Along the coast these two historic villages have some of the best beaches on the coastline (which I’ll need to come and visit in the spring/summer), while Aberdour’s 13th century castle is an historic treasure.

Dalgety Bay to Dunfermline: With plans to meet and stay with a friend in Dunfermline, I was glad to find a good cycle/walking path off the main road to take you north from Dalgety Bay train station up a bit of a hill towards Dunfermline. Such infrastructure really helps make cycling safer and more enjoyable.

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