The Lands of Elgin

This is a mixed coastal and inland route exploring the Limekilns and Charlestown area. The walk includes the Charlestown Harbour, disused Elgin railway and the Broomhall Estate. There are a number of options suggested for routes of differing lengths. Broomhall is a working estate and from time to time there may be restrictions on access during the shooting season. Please take note of any signage in place.

Start / finish: Limekilns

Faciltiies: Fee car park, bus service, refreshments in Limekilns or Charlestown.

Option 1 – Charlestown and Broomhall

Distance : 3.5 miles / 5.6 km

Ascent : 330 feet / 100m

Terrain: Paths and tracks

Option 2 – Charlestown, Broomhall, and Brucehaven

Distance : 6.2 miles / 10 km

Ascent : 500 feet / 150 m

Terrain: Paths (both surfaced and unsurfaced) and tracks, some sections can be muddy

Option 3 – Broomhall and Brucehaven

Distance: 4.5 miles / 7.4 km

Ascent: 315 feet / 95 m

Terrain: Paths (both surfaced and unsurfaced) and tracks, some sections can be muddy


Options 1, 2 and 3

All three suggested routes start from the promenade car park in Limekilns and head west along the seafront toward Charlestown. When the fork in the road is reached the routes diverge.

Options 1 and 2

Keep left heading down hill to Charlestown Harbour and limekilns. It is worth spending a few minutes having a look around this area. The route continues along the road into a housing estate and turns right into West Harbour Road (a detour, left, back down to the harbour is possible here). At the end of the road is the start of the Lyne Burn path through the woods and along the shore. The old Elgin railway built to serve the industry in the area joins the path. The railway continues on to the MOD site, but go up the steps on the right hand side at grid ref NT 059 838. Cross over a bridge and through some more woodland before emerging at a road.

Walk up this road to its junction with the main road and turn right. There is no pavement here so keep alert to passing traffic. At the old granary (now the shop) the road turns right to head back down to the harbour but go left on to the Rocks Road signed as a cycle route. Follow this track for approx 500m to the point where the cycle route turns left. Leave the cycle route by going right into Broomhall Estate. Note the sign on the gate about dogs on leads.

Almost immediately turn right on the estate road passing through fields. This is a working area and some fields are unfenced. As Broomhall House is reached, there is signage indicating the paths around the outside of the house. Follow these signs.

The 3 different routes all meet / diverge at this point.

Option 1

Don’t follow the first arrow to the left but keep straight on to reach a second arrow indicating a path to the right that diverts around the side of the house. The path joins a track through woodland. Keep to the track as it returns to Limekilns parallel to, but above, the road.

Leave the estate through the gate at the Queen’s Hall / Bowling Club and walk alongside the white cottages with the parking area to the right. At a gap in the wall a set of shallow steps lead down to the main road. Turn left on to the road to walk back to the start point.

Option 2

Go left at the first arrow following the path that diverts around the front of the house. At the estate road turn left passing through open fields to reach the main entrance at a lodge house.

Take extreme care and cross the busy and fast road to reach the quieter road on the opposite side. Follow the pavement along this road for approx. 600m. At the trio of South Cottage, Mid Cottage and North Cottage, go right on to a farm track with woodland to the right. After about 170m turn right on an obvious path into the woodland. The next section is a pleasant walk on an unsurfaced path through deciduous woodland. From time to time there are marker posts. Exit the woods through a wooden gate and continue along the path. A marker post that appears to point right is reached but stick to the obvious path that goes straight on. The path passes Douglasbank Cemetery and joins a short section of road to reach the busy A985.

Take extreme care crossing the road to reach a signed and surfaced cycle path on the opposite side. Follow the path (also part of the Fife Coastal Path) steeply downhill with views across Rosyth and across to the bridges. At the sea front the path reaches the remains of Rosyth Old Church.

There is an alternative from the A985 to the church, using the Windylaw Coffin Road. This route starts slightly north west of the coastal path / cycle route and is marked with a green sign. The path joins the coastal path slightly beyond the church.

From here use the coastal path / cycle route along past Brucehaven Harbour and the yacht club back to the start point.

Option 3

At the fork in the road, keep right to reach a set of steps on the right hand side just after the bus stop. Head up the shallow steps and turn right alongside the cottages to reach the Queen’s Hall. After the hall there is a gate into the Broomhall Estate. Follow the estate track through the woodlands and uphill to reach the area of Broomhall House. Go left and then right following the signage to divert around the house.

Option 3 route now follows the same route as option 2.

At the estate road turn left passing through open fields to reach the main entrance at a lodge house.

Take extreme care and cross the busy and fast road to reach the quieter road on the opposite side. Follow the pavement along this road for approx. 600m. At the trio of South Cottage, Mid Cottage and North Cottage, go right on to a farm track with woodland to the right. After about 170m turn right on an obvious path into the woodland. The next section is a pleasant walk on an unsurfaced path through deciduous woodland. From time to time there are marker posts. Exit the woods through a wooden gate and continue along the path. A marker post that appears to point right is reached but stick to the obvious path that goes straight on. The path passes Douglasbank Cemetery and joins a short section of road to reach the busy A985.

Take extreme care crossing the road to reach a signed and surfaced cycle path on the opposite side. Follow the path (also part of the Fife Coastal Path) steeply downhill with views across Rosyth and across to the bridges. At the sea front the path reaches the remains of Rosyth Old Church.

There is an alternative from the A985 to the church, using the Windylaw Coffin Road. This route starts slightly north west of the coastal path / cycle route and is marked with a green sign. The path joins the coastal path slightly beyond the church.

From here use the coastal path / cycle route along past Brucehaven Harbour and the yacht club back to the start point.


  • Option 1: Red and Green
  • Option 2: Red and Blue
  • Option 3: Green and Blue

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