Balmerino and Wormit

These three circular walks all make use of the Fife Coastal Path along the south side of the Tay estuary. Although nominally a coastal path, the walk is more of a woodland walk with some sections of open farmland. There are views across the Tay from all three walks. All the walks can be started from Balmerino and two of the walks can be started from Wormit.

Wormit Circuit

Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles

Ascent: 250 m / 820 feet

Start / finish: Wormit (or Balmerino)

Balmerino East

Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles

Ascent: 180 m / 600 feet

Start / finish: Wormit (or Balmerino)

Balmerino West

Distance: 5.4 km / 3.3 miles

Ascent: 100 m / 325 feet

Start / finish: Balmerino

Facilities: parking at Wormit and Balmerino, bus services, other facilities in Wormit

Wormit Circuit and Balmerino East

Start the walk from the shore car park at the end of Bay Road in Wormit (DD6 8LZ) and walk along the surfaced path to the Tay Rail Bridge disaster memorial. Beyond the memorial the path continues to reach a wooden seal and a signpost for Balmerino. Follow the undulating path for 4km through the woodland which gives way to open views from time to time. The path can be muddy after heavy rain but has been maintained and includes steps on the steeper sections. As you start to approach Balmerino, the houses of Kikton become visible on the hillside above you. On reaching the outskirts of Balmerino follow the signs around the front of the houses to reach a small parking area at the end of the road.

If you are doing the shorter Balmerino East walk keep to the road and follow it to the junction in the village where you turn left to reach the Monks Path. If doing the Wormit Circuit continue to follow the Fife Coastal Path.

Wormit Circuit and Balmerino West

From the small parking area at the end of the road at Balmerino (DD6 8SB) the coastal path heads west on a red ash path into the trees. Soon a pebbly beach is reached before the path turns left up steps into the woods. The undulating path passes through the mature woodlands of Birkhill Estate and crosses a number of small burns on wooden bridges. After about 2km it starts to turn inland alongside a small burn. Follow the Fife Coastal Path signs across the field alongside a hedge to reach a farm track.

Turn left on to this track leaving the route of the coastal path. Follow the track for 2km across farmland with open views north across the Tay to Dundee. When you reach the cottages at the end of the track turn left on to the quiet road and turn left again at the bus shelter. A short road walk now takes you back to Balmerino. If you have sufficient time make a short detour to the ruins of Balmerino Abbey on your right hand side as you reach the village. The abbey site is also home to the oldest tree in Fife.

At the road junction in the village keep left to return to the parking area if you are doing the Balmarino West walk. If you are doing the Wormit circuit turn right and cross a bridge over the burn to reach a signpost for the Monks Road.

Wormit Circuit and Balmerino East

After the road bridge over the burn, turn right on to the grassy Monks Road path which can be rather wet in places. Pass through a gate into woodland where the path starts to become a bit drier. When you reach a road cross over and pick up the continuation of the Monks Road on the other side. Follow the core path purple arrows across the fields and into more woodland. More marker posts guide you past houses. When the road bears right, turn left into the woods beside a wooden fence (there is no marker here). The path skirts the outside of the fence, passes another cottage and bears right before reaching Naughton Farm. Follow the signs around the farm turning right onto the farm road.

At the end of the farm road when you reach the quiet public road go left. You now have a 1.4km road section. Pass the entrance to Naughton House and Little Inch Farm before reaching a road junction where you turn left. This next bit of road is busier than the previous so take care. At the first corner take the farm track to your left signed as the “Old Path”. Follow this track to the farm and follow the signs around the right hand side of the large and busy farm. The paths round the farm are grass which is a welcome relief after the recent hard surface. After the farm the path heads downhill with a view of Wormit and the rail bridge in front of you. As you start to approach a tunnel under the railway line, the path turns left with a pond to your right. Follow it down the hillside to reach the end of the road at Wormit.

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Wormit Circuit

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Balmerino East

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Balmerino West

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