Walk: Coast path to Carlingnose

Fife | North Queensferry | Short walk | ★★★

[Port Laing]

Heading east out of North Queensferry, the Fife Coastal Path climbs to reach Carlingnose Point - a headland with superb views back to the Forth Rail Bridge and ahead towards Dalgety Bay. The rocky bluff is a nature reserve supporting nesting terns and other seabirds; carlingnose refers to the nose of an old woman, though the resemblance isn't obvious. Further around the coast are a couple of scenic inlets: sandy Port Laing and muddy Inner Bay, with the town of Inverkeithing visible across the latter. From here, we suggest returning by the outward route (a possible alternative over the Ferry Hills involves lots of road walking), leaving time to explore the narrow streets of North Queensferry afterwards.

[Forth Rail Bridge from Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve]

📌 Walk: Coast path to Carlingnose ★★★
Start / finish at car park on Battery Road, just south of North Queensferry village centre, G.R.: NT 132803 ///breeze.admits.iceberg

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 50 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: North Queensferry ★★; Forth Rail Bridge ★★★; Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve; Port Laing
Terrain: Good paths, some ascent and descent.

Route & map

Car park & Forth Rail Bridge - North Queensferry - Post Office Lane - East Bay - Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve - Port Laing - West Ness - return by outward route - on approach to North Queensferry, remain on upper coast path to pass underneath Forth Rail Bridge - West Sands viewpoint - start

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Eider ducks, mallards, curlews, mute swans.
Weather: Temperature in low teens, sunny but with a stiff breeze in exposure.

Chronological photo guide

[Post Office Lane]

[East Bay]

[Forth Rail Bridge from East Bay]

[Fife Coastal Path]

[Side paths access viewpoints for the firth]

[Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve]

[View towards Dalgety Bay]

[Port Laing]

[Port Laing]

[Coast path beyond Port Laing]

[West Ness]

[Inverkeithing beyond Inner Bay]

[Ferryhill Road]

[West Sands and the two road bridges across the firth]

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