12 miles or 19.3 km
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Like all the sections of the Fife Coastal Path this can be cut into shorter walks.
Iconic views, nature reserves and WWII military history can be found on this 17 mile/27.4km section of the path. Allow 6 - 7 hours.
From Limekilns, follow the A985 into Rosyth where you will head back south towards the Naval Base and pass the historic castle of Rosyth and the associated Doocot.
The path follows the main road into North Queensferry passing under the Forth Road Bridge before revealing the iconic Railway Bridge.
Pass the 1816 Waterloo monument, in the shape of Napoleon’s hat, onto Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve which conserves a grassland habitat with a rich variety of plants. There are spectacular views of the estuary, the bridges, and the Edinburgh skyline.
The path descends to Port Laing, a WW1 seaplane base, through woodland and past an active whinstone quarry and overlooking Inverkeithing Bay which is rich in birdlife throughout the year.
The path traverses Inverkeithing with its many 13th – 17th Century buildings. From
the harbour the path follows the coast to St David’s Harbour then around Dalgety Bay to Downing Point, with its gun emplacements and panoramic views.
Donibristle Chapel (1732) contains the family vault of the Earls of Moray. From here, the path to Aberdour passes the ruins of St Bridget’s Kirk (1178) and the Braefoot oil terminal.
Aberdour attractions include the 14th Century castle and gardens, 16th Century doocot (dovecote), and St Fillan’s Church (1178). The path continues to Hawkcraig cliffs, Silver Sands Beach, and through woodlands to Starley Burn.
Lime deposits give the waterfalls above the bridge a distinctive appearance. Carron Harbour was once used to ship limestone to iron works in Falkirk. The path continues to Burntisland with its historic harbour, post reformation church and recreation facilities.
For more information on the Coastal Path, the Fife Coastal Path Official Guide is
available for £9.99 from Harbourmaster’s House (01592 656080) or from Amazon.
17 miles or 27.4 km from Limekilns to Burntisland. To see a map of the route, click here.