Walk: Fife Coast - Kingsbarns to Cathedral
|[Ruined cottage at Salt Lake]|
This is a particularly varied section of the 117 mile Fife Coastal Path, beginning in quiet Kingsbarns near the Cambo Estate Gardens and finishing in the comparable metropolis of St Andrews. 1:25000 OS maps show interesting patterns of rock layers along the coast here - the highlights in real life are Buddo Rock sea stack and the Rock and Spindle formation. Before this, you'll already have passed the beautiful sandy bay at Salt Lake, a ruined mill and lade alongside wooded Kenly Water, and safely negotiated the brief mudbath near Boarhills. The hillier section after Buddo Rock also has a short tidal stretch, so pick your timings carefully to avoid an unplanned swim.
|[Forested Kenly Water contrasts nicely with the other, coastal sections of the walk]|
Name: Walk: Fife Coast - Kingsbarns to Cathedral ★★★☆☆
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 140 metres
Points of interest: Fife coast; Buddo Rock; Rock and Spindle; St Andrews & town sights
Start: Kingsbarns village centre, G.R.: NO 593120 / swells smuggled next. N.B. This is not a circular route.
Finish: Abbey Street, St Andrews, G.R.: NO 512166 / view luckier wells
Transport to start: Park near the finish and take the bus along the coast to the start (roughly hourly).
Route: Start - Kingsbarns Beach - then Fife Coastal Path to finish via Babbet Ness, Salt Lake, Boarhills, Buddo Rock, Rock and Spindle (tidal section before this), East Beach
Terrain: Obvious path but tiring going due to undulating terrain. Some mud, especially on the inland section. Be aware of tide times for accessing the tidal part.
Wildlife today: Seagulls and rock pool life along the coast.
Weather today: Sunny with a strong westerly wind; heavy showers around, but none overhead.
>> see St Andrews post for St Andrews & town sights
|[Buddo Rock's guano-stained can be climbed via a hidden ledge, but it's prettier from the outside]|
Route credit: Fife Coastal Path (modified)