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

Terrain: Mostly well made paths/tracks, some tarmac/pavement, some woodland unsurfaced walking

Start / finish: Aberdour

Facilities: Free parking at Aberdour Station, buses and trains to Aberdour, choice for refreshments in Aberdour, toilets at Silversands

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 other side. 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. 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. Turn right and walk on 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 Otterston Loch on your left. Don’t forget to say hello to the ducks (if you feel the need to feed them please do not feed them bread).

Continue on the road until it enters woodland. If it is not too muddy underfoot, the best route is take the path into the wood beside a gate on the right hand side. 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 path will eventually bring you to the Crossgates to Aberdour Road where a new house is being built.

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.

Turn right on to this road and walk down the road to its junction with the Kirkcaldy road. Although this is a quiet road you will probably meet a few vehicles on the road.

From here the simple and slightly shorter option is to cross over and walk alongside the road signed for Aberdour for 1.2km to return to the village.

An alternative that misses out some of the road walking though, can be had by turning right and walking along the grass verge of the main road (take care as there is no pavement) for 400m to reach a farm track on the opposite side. Follow this road past Nether Bouprie Farm (keep it to your right), over a railway bridge and into Aberdour at the west end of the village. Walk through the village back to the station car park.

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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