The Fife Coastal Path
Newport-on-Tay to Newburgh

This section of the walk is 17 miles / 27.2 Km in length, starting from the Old Pier at Newport-on-Tay and ends at Newburgh.
For a detailed directional description of the Path based on Ordnance Survey Reference Numbers link to the appropriate “Walkers Details” section.

Route Map - 66Kb
Looking back to Wormit and Newport

This section of the Fife Coastal Path is another long section and potentially the hardest of the whole walk. At 17 miles starting from the Old Pier the initial 2 miles are on the pavements first of Newport-on-Tay and then on Wormit. As the route approaches the shops in Wormit the Path breaks to the right off the main road and shortly passes under the railway viaduct. In a further short walk the Path is at the sweeping Wormit Bay and now leaves the hard surface to enter grass paths as the route heads up the Tay Estuary.

Balmerino Abbey

The next 3 miles of the walk are on the coastline but almost entirely at an elevated level. It is worth a short moment to stop and look back along the Tay to the railway and in the distance the road bridges with the city of Dundee on the opposite bank.
As the Path approaches Balmerino the way drops onto the shore line for the final section into this historic location. This is now a quaint little community but was the location of a 12 century Cistercian Abbey, the ruins of which are still worthy of a visit.

St Devenic's Church

On leaving Balmerino the Path now heads to a slightly more elevated level and also further from the banks of the Tay Estuary, only returning to the River at the very last stages of this section near to Newburgh. This elevated route does however still offer great views on the right over the Tay and to the countryside on the northern bank of the Tay in Perthshire.

Ayton Hill

The route for the next 2 miles is by way of well maintained farm tracks passing by fields that are used mainly for arable farming. Towards the end of this section of the route the track head up hill and further away from the estuary to emerge onto a section of road walking that passes by Hazelton Walls and west to Criech, a tinny settlement but with an interesting and old church ruin and cemetery. This is St Devenic’s church, pictured above.

Glenduckie Hill

Remaining on very quiet roads the path passes by Brunton and then on to farm at Pittachope. The path now turn left off the road and resumes off road track and field walking for the vast majority of the remaining walk. This is also the start of a climb that will talk the route close to the top of Norman’s Law and it affords the walker great views to the NW and NE.

Looking west over Newburgh

After a 90 degree bend to the right the path quickly enters the forest with Norman’s Law always on the left as the ascent continues, reaching a height of approx. 675 feet. The path curves round the Law and then descends quickly down Ayton Hill to a point close to the small hamlet of Glenduckie. At this point the landscape is far from coastal and is looking inland to the rich arable land of north Fife. Just short of Glenduckie the track meets another track at which point the route turns 300 degrees clockwise to start another more gradual climb to the right hand side of Glenduckie Hill and woods.

Lindores Abbey

By way of track, woodland and field edge the route passes close to “Old Higham” before a track descent back towards the Tay and the resumption of open views over the Tay and looking to the Perthshire hills to the west.
The Path is now in the last 2 to 3 miles as it gradually descends below the Lindores Hill towards Newburgh and the riverside. The path is through fields that are frequently used for livestock so if walking with a dog, do keep the animal on a lead. After a few twists and turns the route reaches Parkhill farm at which point the route is by pavement past the ruins of Lindores Abbey.

Tay at Newburgh

Having passed the Abbey ruins the road turn right passing some housing on the east side of Newburgh before a final walk along the riverside path to the riverside recreational area, the site of the old linoleum factory which close in 1980 following a major fire. This brings us to the end of the coastal path and to the county boundary with Perthshire.

To access the other route sections click on the links below, otherwise click here to be taken to the Interest & History section.

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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