Aberdour, Burntisland Circular

A circular route starting and ending at Aberdour, taking you along the coastal path as far as Burntisland before returning using inland paths and quiet roads. A small amount of road walking is required in Burntisland.

There are two options available for this walk depending upon whether or not you wish to include the Binn.

Distance: 8.4 miles / 13.5 km

Ascent with the Binn: 900 feet / 275m

Ascent without the Binn: 830 feet / 250m

Start / finish: Aberdour

Other walks in the area:

From Aberdour station, exit the car park at the east end on a path alongside the railway line beside the castle. Cross over Hawkcraig Road and take the signed path opposite for Silversands. Follow this path or use the playing fields if it is muddy down to Silversands. Now follow the signs for the Fife Coastal Path to Burntisland. The path sticks close to the coastline until it reaches the outskirts of Burntisland. At this point follow the signs which take you through parkland and down to the High Street. A better alternative than the High Street though is to go up a flight of steps on your left as you head down Kirkton Road and use a high path which passes a good viewpoint. Whichever way you go, you want to end up at the east end of the High Street from where you cross over to the Links.

You can now either walk through the Links or if you prefer, go through the underpass and walk along the Promenade. At the end of the Links turn left into Kirkbank Road (church on the corner). From the end of the Promeade, turn left to walk back to Kinghorn Road, cross over and walk up Greenmount Road South, then turn right into Kirkbank Road.At the end of the road is a path to your left which brings you out next to the golf club. Cross over the road and turn right until you see a path with steps on your left heading up hill into the woods. Head up the hill until you reach an obvious path junction.

At this point you have a choice.

With the Binn

Turn left and follow the path that leads over the Binn (excellent viewpoint). After crossing the Binn turn to your right alongside a fence to join a track which leads to the Craigkelly TV mast. Turn left onto the access road and follow it back down to the Standing Stanes Road. Turn left on to this very quiet road which is great for easy walking or cycling. After about 2km you will reach the end of the road.

An alternative would be to descend west to a small reservoir and then use the Gale Slap Plantation route to reach the Standing Stane Road. This has the disadvantage of being very muddy at one point.

Without the Binn

Go straight on at the junction following the Common Road (it’s actually a path) until it joins the Standing Stanes Road. Turn left and after about 3km you will reach the end of the road.

Both options

Cross over the A909 road (it’s fast and busy so take care) and pick up the farm track directly opposite. After about 1km this pleasant track with views across the Forth, reaches Long Gates cottages. The path goes straight on but the surface starts to deteriorate and can be muddy after heavy rain and overgrown in late Summer. The final section of this path leads downhill to bring you out at the corner on A921 east of Aberdour. This final section of the path is known to some of us as “Kemal’s Cut”. Take extreme caution crossing the A921 and use the pavement on the opposite side to walk back into Aberdour.

A shorter option is also possible by crossing over the shoulder of the Binn (no need to go to the summit). When you enter Burntisland turn left at the end of the park on Kirkton Road. Turn left onto Aberdour Road (A921) then second right on to Grange Road. Follow Grange Road to its end where you can cut through to Cowdenbeath Road (A909). Use the pavement to walk up this road (away from Burntisland) from a short distance until you see a signed path on your right for the Binn. This woodland path  goes uphill and reaches a small reservoir. Go straight on at the reservoir around its left side (do not follow the obvious route right as this goes up to the Binn). Paths lead around fields and up through a wooded area, then across a field to reach the Standing Stane Road.

The walk could be extended slightly by including a loop through or around Humbie Woods.

With the Binn

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Without the Binn

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