A Short hike Along Fife Coastal Path

john kinsman By john kinsman, 7th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A Short hike along Fife Coastal Path in East Neuk of Fife

Look at East Neuk of Fife Coastal Walks.

A short walk along the Fife Coastal path between Anstruther and Elie is a great opportunity to explore the small fishing villages and towns of the East Neuk of Fife.
Aside from the picturesque harbours and colourful boats and traditional fishermen's cottages complete crow-step gables and red tiled roofs, there are ruined castles, smugglers' caves and historic churches to take in along the way.
From the centre of Elie, head east along the village High street and turn right on Stention row, the road leading down to the small harbour opposite the villages only pub the Station Bar.
Then wander down onto Toft turn left onto the narrow one way street that leads to Admiralty Lane and onto Ruby Bay car park.
Follow this down through the parking area and continue round round the bay to the lighthouse at Elie Ness.
From her the way curves east towards the prominent ruinof the Lady's Tower a summerhouse and changing room built for Lady Anstruther in the late 18th Century.
Walk around above the shore until the path drops down to a long strip of golden sands.
The coastal route is a little eroded at this point so it is easier to take the beach until it can be picked up again further on.
A grassy path rises to the ruin of the castle at Adross Farm and half mile on are more dramatic ciff tgop ruins of 14th century Newark Castle.
Beyond this is the small fishing village of St Monans (My home town), Enter the fishing village by an impressive church which, according to legend was built by King David 11 after he survived a fierce storm off the coast in 1365.
Cross the burn (Stream) by the gate and climb a flight of steps on the opposite side. At the top,turn right and a narrow street crammed with cottages leads down to the village harbour.
walk around the man-made basin and follow Mod Shore to Forth Street passing the Shipwrecked Fishermen's Mariners Society's Collecting Mine. Turn right on to Rose street and out of the village to the coastal path to the 18th Century St Philip's windmill and salt pans.
If you want to go into the windmill and view an exhibition you have to obtain a key from the village newsagents shop.
The path to the fishing village of Pittenweem, Fife's main fishing port, passes round the headland before dropping to the beach by a charming row of cottages and it passes through a car park to reach the harbour.
From there you follow Abbey Wall Road out and, when it curves left, continue straight ahead on a path through a park.
The way skirts between gardens and the cliff top to reach a flight of steps down to the short short beyond the village boundary.

Continue by a golf course and the fishing town of Anstruther soon appears. from the golf house (Club), Short road leads up past Anstruther western Primary school to the main road.
Follow this into the town , where it turns sharp left, carry right along the Esplande Road, to reach st airs leading down to stepping stones over the Dreel Burn.
The beach on the far bank leads to the harbour and the end of your coastal path ealk.

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Fishing Town, Hike, Walk, Walks

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author avatar john kinsman
I am freelance news correspondent Live in Fife Scotland, Married to Anne. Write Articles for fishing outlets, and Honorary Agent for Shipwrecked Fishermen's Mariners Society

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
8th Apr 2012 (#)

There seems to be an international clan of Kinsmans (Kinsmen?) here. Welcome to it... you may be related ?!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice little tour John, Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
9th Apr 2012 (#)

Sounds idyllic. I want to go.

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