16 miles or 25.8 km
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Like all the sections of the Fife Coastal Path this can be cut into shorter walks.
The Elie to Cambo (also known as Kingsbarns) section is 16 miles long (25.8 km) and can be rough underfoot. It is full of geological, historical and wildlife interest, but it also includes several short sections of stone steps that may be uneven or slippy. It will also lead you through quaint little fishing villages. Stout footwear is essential, particularly in winter. Allow 5 - 6 hours.
addressElie and Earlsferry
Pass by the Lighthouse and Lady's Tower, built as a summerhouse for Lady Anstruther in the 1760's and onto the ruins of both Adross and Newark Castles.
The picturesque village of St. Monans offers much to see from the restored windmill to the pretty St Monans Kirk,
The section of path between Pittenweem and Anstruther passes over a golf course so please exercise caution. Any walkers requiring sustenance at this point could do worse than visiting the Anstruther Fish Bar, once voted the UK's best.
The route travels onward to Crail past Caiplie Caves, once part of the sea cliff they have eroded to sit on a raised beach.
The path between Crail and St Andrews can be very challenging and impassable at high tide. Always check tide times before you set out.
You'll pass lots of interesting features on this route, including Kilminning Wildlife Reserve, the coastguard station, a WW1 gun emplacement and bird hide. You'll then join a narrow road past caravans and the remains of an old harbour.
A sandy, narrow path follows the boundary of the Kingsbarns Golf Links and passes Constantine’s Cave where the king was killed around 874.
Beyond the golf course the route continues along the shore beneath the Randerston cliffs. Walkers should wait for low tide before attempting this section.
The path then leads to a bridge over Cambo Burn then continues along a sandy track through the dunes. Cambo Den is well worth a detour to sample some of the woodland walks and to take in dazzling displays of snowdrops in the spring.
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.
16 miles or 25.8 km route staring from the village of Elie.