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Tentsmuir Forest and Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

There's something for everyoine at Tentsmuir - from magnificent beaches to peaceful lochs and woodlands.

Tentsmuir Forest and National Nature Reserve is between Leuchars and Tayport in northeast Fife. Explore on foot, by bike or on horseback!! The trails are ideal for walking, family cycling or horse riding and if you're lucky you may see squirrels in the trees and seals basking on the sand.


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Tentsmuir is a magical combination of forest trails that dip and weave between tall trees and open sand dunes that change constantly with the wind and tides. The coast here is one of Scotland’s most dynamic landscapes: parts of the shoreline are growing out into the sea at a rate of five metres a year.

There’s rich wildlife, from coastal grassland dotted with wildflowers in spring and summer to great flocks of sea birds that come to feed on shellfish. Seals visit often: look out for them hauled out on the sandbanks, or bobbing in the water, watching you as you walk along the shore. The forest is home to red squirrels and roe deer.

People have lived, hunted and worked here for thousands of years. Tools and a fire pit from a Stone Age hunters’ camp have been found near Morton Lochs, while an ice house used to store salmon in the 1800s is a landmark on the forest trails. In the second world war, Tentsmuir was part of a long line of defences along Scotland’s east coast. 

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

Tentsmuir Forest


Tentsmuir Forest is 1½ miles (2.4 km) east of the B945 between Leuchars and Tayport in northeast Fife. Follow signs for Kinshaldy Beach. The entrance to the car park is at grid reference NO 498 242.

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KY16 0DR is the closest postcode for Tentsmuir.

Public transport

The nearest bus stops are in Tayport and Leuchars. Buses will stop by request at the Morton Loch road end, from where you can walk to Morton Lochs and then into the forest. The local service is number 42 operated by Stagecoach. You can also plan your journey using Traveline Scotland

There are small car parks at Morton Lochs and Tayport, from where you can walk or cycle into the forest.

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