Walk: Fife Coast - Kingsbarns to Cathedral

Fife | Kingsbarns | Half day walk | ★★★

[Ruined cottage at Salt Lake]

This is a particularly varied section of the 117 mile Fife Coastal Path, beginning in quiet Kingsbarns 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]

📌 Walk: Fife Coast - Kingsbarns to Cathedral ★★★
Park near the finish and take the bus along the coast to the start (roughly hourly, but check times in advance). Start on Main Street (A917) in Kingsbarns village centre, G.R.: NO 593120 ///swells.smuggled.next. Finish on Abbey Street (car parks nearby) in St Andrews town centre, G.R.: NO 512166 ///view.luckier.wells

▶ 14 km / 9 mi | ▲ 140 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Fife coast; Buddo Rock; Rock and Spindle; St Andrews ★★★★ & town sights
Terrain: Obvious path but tiring going due to undulating terrain. Some mud, especially on the inland section. Section before Rock and Spindle is tidal - be aware of tide times.

Route & map

Start - Kingsbarns Beach - then Fife Coastal Path to finish via Babbet Ness - Salt Lake - Boarhills - Buddo Rock - Rock and Spindle - East Beach - St Andrews & town sights.

Route credit: Fife Coastal Path (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Seagulls and rock pool life along the coast.
Weather: Sunny with a strong westerly wind; heavy showers around, but none overhead.

[Buddo Rock's guano-stained can be climbed via a hidden ledge, but it's prettier from the outside]


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