Burntisland Kinghorn Kirkcaldy circular

Another walk along the coastal path and then returning via inland quiet roads and tracks. The section between Burntisland and Kinghorn is not possible at high tide without getting wet feet. Two options of this walk are possible either with or without including the Binn.

Without the Binn

Distance: 10 miles / 16 km

Ascent: 820 feet /250 m

With the Binn

Distance: 10.7 miles / 17.2 km

Ascent: 1140 feet / 350 m

Start / finish: Burntisland

Other walks in the area: 

Start from the Links car park at Burntisland (or the Beacon Leisure Centre). Initially walk along the promenade to its east end then head down on to the sands. The lower the tide the more sand there is. At low tide it is possible to walk all the way out to the Black Rock and incorporate this into the walk although this will extend the distance a bit. At high tide the official route of the Fife Coastal Path is the pavement along the main road between Burntisland and Kinghorn but the beach walk is far far nicer. On reaching Pettycur Harbour, head up the steps to the pier.

Continue on the coastal path through Kinghorn (it’s well signed once you are back on to the main route). The short section to Kirkcaldy contrasts with the earlier section and soon you will reach Seafield Tower. Beyond the tower, the path reaches the Seafield car park on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy. From here proceed inland via Seafield Road and Peebles Street to reach Invertiel Road. Turn left and go under the railway bridge (you will be best to cross over the road to use the pavement rather than walk on the road) then turn first left into Jawbanes Road. This quiet farm access road is a pleasure for walking or cycling as it sees very little vehicular traffic.

After a 90 degree left and then 90 degree right turn in the road, a farm track goes off to your left to Banchory. Use this track to cut the corner, passing by the farm and cottages. At the end of the track you will reach Kissing Trees Lane. Before turning left on to this road, look to your right to see the “kissing trees”. Proceed down this road for about half a km until you see a track signed for Craigencalt on your right. Take this track and follow the main route down to Craigencalt Cottages and then Craigencalt farm, beside Kinghorn Loch.

This area is home to the Fife Earth Ship and the Eco Centre which you may wish to visit along with the Barn at the Loch cafe. To continue your walk turn right and follow the path network keeping the loch to your left. Follow the main track which takes you to the B923 road. Turn right along the road for a short distance until you see another path to your right. Once onto this path the route becomes a bit more scenic and you will pass a good viewpoint with picnic tables. When you reach a crossroads you need to make a decision as to whether or not to include an ascent of the Binn.

Without the Binn

Go left at the crossroads down the hill to reach the main road. Turn right and walk along the pavement to the golf club. After passing the golf club you see a path on your left through woodland which will take you into Burntisland and then back to your start point.

With the Binn

Go straight on at the crossroads and over a stone stile. A well trodden path leads from the stile uphill along the cliff edge (not too close to the edge) to the summit view point. After the viewpoint, continue on in the same direction, through a pedestrian gate and then down grassy slopes. Go left when you reach the green sign post still on grassy slopes. When you arrive at the area of a small reservoir go left across a small field and then cross a stile into woodland. The path now goes downhill to reach the A909.

Cross over the road and go into Grange Road on the opposite side accessed via a footpath. Keep straight on (do not go into the new build houses). Turn left into Dollar Road, then right into Church Street (pass the shop) to reach the main road. Cross over and go down Kirk Road. This will take you all the way down to the High Street where you can turn left to walk back to your starting point. However, if you are still feeling energetic go left up a set of steps before you reach the High Street to follow a path that takes you up to a viewpoint. After the viewpoint the path goes down more steps to reach the east end of the High Street.

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Without the Binn

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With the Binn

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