Aberdour, Dalgety Bay circular coastal walk

Another circular walk utilising the Fife coastal path. The section between Dalgety Bay and Aberdour is full of snowdrops and daffodils (sold locally in aid of Cancer Research) during the Spring months.

Distance: 8 miles / 13 km

Ascent: 740 feet / 225 m

Start / finish: Aberdour

Other walks in the area:

Start at Aberdour station where parking is available. Leave the car park by using the path at the east end alongside the railway, past Aberdour Castle to Hawkcraig Road. Cross the road and take the path on the other side signed for Silversands. Follow this path (or cut across the playing fields) to Silversands Beach. Walk west alongside the beach and follow the road around to Hawkcraig Point, site of a Royal Navy wartime research post . Go up the steps to your right over the hill and down the otherside. Follow the path round to Aberdour Harbour. Turn right up Shore Road then left onto the main road, turning left when you reach the obvious gates to what was the driveway of the Earl of Moray’s Donibristle Estate.

The coastal path now follows the Avenue to Braefoot where you can either go over the road or through the underpass. The section before Braefoot is good in early Spring for snowdrops. After Braefoot you have the options of staying on the high route which is the official coast path route and is resplendent with daffodils in March/April, or turning left at the obvious path across the fields and using the low route to reach St Bridgets Kirk.

If using the low route, turn right at St Bridgets to walk up the hill and rejoin the high route. If using the high route, turn right at the end of road. The coastal path heads left back down to the coast. Follow the road up the hill past the farm to reach the Cornerstone Church. Continue straight on at the church using a path to reach the main A921 road. Use the pavement at the side of the road for about 5 mins until you reach the turning on the left for Cockairnie and Crossgates. With extreme caution cross the busy road and walk up this quiet side road. You will pass Otterstone Loch on your left. Don’t forget to say hello to the ducks.

Continue on the road until it enters woodland. If it is not too muddy underfoot, the best route is take the path on the right hand side that goes into the woodland. There is a path/track through the woodland passing Mount Laura Tower which later follows the woodland/field boundary providing excellent views over the Forth on a clear day. The track will eventually bring you on to the Crossgates to Aberdour Road. If the woods are very muddy, you can stay on the road and follow it round the outside of the woods. At the road junction turn right on to the Aberdour Road.

Walk down the road until you reach the junction with B9157 Kirkcaldy Road (Quarry Road). Walk up the driveway to your right past the lodge house and follow this track to another house where you turn left back towards the road. This time when you reach the B9157 cross over (taking extreme care) and walk down the farm track opposite.

Walk past Bouprie Farm, over a railway bridge and very soon you will arrive on the outskirts of Aberdour. Turn left and walk back into the village.

For a shorter walk, simply miss out Hawkcraig Point and Silversands. Leave the station car park heading west to reach the Donibristle gates.

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View / download this route from Ordnance Survey.

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