The Fife Coastal Path
Kincardine - North Queensferry

This section of the walk is 17 miles / 27.2 Km in length, starting from the Kincardine Bridge on the North side of the Forth and travels east to North Queensferry.
For a detailed directional description of the Path based on Ordnance Survey Reference Numbers link to the appropriate “Walkers Details” section.

Route Map - 82Kb
Kincardine Bridge

The Fife Coastal Path was extended around 2010 to now incorporate the full coastal fringe of the Fife council area. The south west boundary of Fife is at Kincardine where there are two bridges that cross the Forth, the earlier bridge being the Kincardine Bridge and the new more westerly bridge the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

The Forth at this point is still tidal and is navigated by ocean size boats most come up the estuary as far as Grangemouth on the southern side of the Forth estuary.

Longannet Power Station

The Fife Coastal Path (FCP) commences just to the east of the Kincardine Bridge and heads east on this new first section of the trail. The first section makes use of a lot of tarred tracks and pavements while also doubles up with extensive section of cycle route 76. The section has very limited gradients.

Having set off on a dual pedestrian and cycle track the way heads away from the shore line as it travels for the first 2 miles. This is to take the route round the Longannet coal fire power station which is a very dominant item on the landscape. Once past this establishment the path starts to descend and merge once again towards the coastline. Across the Forth estuary the tower and stacks of Grangemouth can be clearly see, but as with Longannet, the industrial theme soon ends and Culross is soon reached.


Culross is pronounced as if without an “l” (cuross) and is a historical and charming community. It has Culross Abbey and Palace and although not directly on the trail line if time permits they are worth a visit. The community itself has narrow cobbled streets and buildings that are typical of what will be seen at a later stage in communities like Dysart.

Leaving Culross the path now cross to the shore side of the railway, this used as a feeder for coal traffic to the power station. The trail then runs relatively close to this railway until Torryburn, albeit once again on the northern side.

The route takes the walker through the village of Newmills before returning to the shore edge as it enters Torryburn. Staying on the coastal path for approx ˝ mile from the green at Torryburn the route now heads inland and the first short but sharp ascent follows.

Descent into Charlestown

The coastal path is now set back from the coast until having passed through Crombie there is a descent back to the coast at Charlestown. This descent is via a country lane that is shown on the image on the left of the page.

Following Charlestown the pathway continues to descent towards the water level and Limekilns. The view now opens up to reveal the Forth as it heads east towards the Forth Road and Rail Bridges, both now visible on the horizon.

Shore at Limekilns

Limekilns most likely gets it name from the old Lime Kilns that were in this area although Charlestown was thought to be a more important centre for this trade. Limekilns has a long history dating back to the 14th century with buildings that are protected by the National Trust. This was also a fishing village and although the fishing is no longer it is a port for leisure sailing on what are protected waters.

Ahead and east can be seen the high crane of the Royal Dockyard and port of Rosyth. On the way towards this more industrial area the trail passes by the Ruins of Old Rosyth Church and graveyard. Shortly after the church another short but sharp ascent occurs as the trail heads inland and then east to Rosyth.

The FCP now takes a number of twists and turns as the route passes through the heart of Rosyth and down towards the industrial fringe close to the Forth. As the way heads towards North Queensferry there is presently extensive civil engineering works related to the northern end of the second Forth Road Bridge that is now under construction. This section is not one for attractive views but may be of considerable interest in terms of the development work and what will be a changing view over the next few years.

North Queensferry

Once past the major construction work the final walk into North Queensferry is by way of a footpath that passes under the current road bridge then a descent past houses as the way reaches the centre of this old and historic village. The section ends at a “L” bend in the road next to the Waterloo Well and just to the west of the Railway viaduct that towers over the houses below.

To progress to the next section of the walk click here.

To access the other route sections click on the links below:

Kincardine - North Queensferry |  North Queensferry - Kinghorn |  Kinghorn - Leven |  Leven - Elie |  Elie - Crail |  Crail - St Andrews |  St Andrews - Newport-on-Tay |  Newport-on-Tay - Newburgh

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