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Coast | Walking and Running

Fife Coastal Path - Buckhaven to Elie

Buckhaven to Elie

13 miles or 20.9km

Click here for a map of the route. 

Like all the sections of the Fife Coastal Path this can be cut into shorter walks.  

The section from Buckhaven to Elie takes in quaint villages, historic monuments, an abundance of wildlife and modern industrial towns. Allow 4 - 5 hours.


Elie and Earlsferry

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This section of the Fife Coastal Path takes in the urban and industrial areas of Methil and Leven, as well as the quaint and historic villages and stunning beaches of the East Neuk.

Methil and Leven are linked by the Bawbee Bridge – a bawbee is an old Scots half penny and was the toll for crossing the original bridge. 

A former centre for salt and coal mining,  Methil is now an industrial town with power generation and fabrication as it's main industries.   An exhibition on Methil's rich history can be found in the local Heritage Centre.

From Leven the main route leads to Lundin Links, passing the Links Caravan Park and along the sandy beach. An alternative route, at high tide, follows a grassy path through the sand dunes. From Lundin Links the route crosses the Keil Burn to Lower Largo.

Good portions of the path from Lower Largo to Elie are bordered by carpets of wildflowers in spring and early summer and is excellent for bird watchers with the Dumbarnie Links Wildlife Reserve en route.

Don't miss the memorial to Alexander Selikirk in Lower Largo, the inspiration for Daneil Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe'.  

For the more adventurous, the Chain Walk offers a scramble around Kincraig Point using a series of chains and footholds.   This is however, carried out at the users own risk and is not for the faint of heart.

For more information on the Coastal Path, the Fife Coastal Path Official Guide and Map are available for to purchase from Harbourmaster’s House (01592 656080). The map can also be purchased on Amazon.



This section of the Fife Coastal Path is 13 miles or 20.9km but can like all the sections listed, be shortened to a series of less arduous walks. Click here for a map of the whole route.

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