Kinghorn Kirkcaldy Circular

The section of coastal path between Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy, although short is quite different in character from the previous sections of coastal path. Much more rocky and hugging the coastline alongside the railway. There are two options for this walk. The longer options explores the area around Kinghorn Loch and returns via Grangehill.

Shorter route

Distance: 6 miles / 9.5 km

Ascent:  540 feet / 165 m

Longer route

Distance: 7 miles / 11.2 km

Ascent: 690 feet / 210 m

Start / finish: Kinghorn

Other walks in the area: 

Start from the car park on Pettycur Road which gives easy access on to the coastal path (alternatively you can start from the station). Follow the signs for the coastal path past the harbour and through the edge of the town. Once out of Kinghorn the path is easy to follow and soon you will reach Seafield Tower on the edge of Kirkcaldy.

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.

You can now make a decision as to whether to return to Kinghorn by the short route (approx. 6 miles in total) or the slightly longer route (nearer 7 miles).

Shorter (6 mile route)

If the shorter route then turn left when you reach Kinghorn Loch passing the eco centre to reach the road. Cross over the road and pick up the signed path on the opposite side which leads back to Kinghorn beside the golf course and school.

Longer (7 mile route)

If the longer route then turn right when you reach Kinghorn Loch passing the Earthship and follow woodland paths round the loch (could be muddy) to reach the main road. Cross over the road and pick up the signed path on the opposite side which leads over Grangehill, passed a farm and down the hill past the golf club. When heading up the hill look back the way for views over towards the loch.

6 mile route

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7 mile route

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