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.

Start / finish: Kinghorn

Shorter route

Distance: 6.5 miles / 10.4 km

Ascent:  640 feet / 200 m

Longer route

Distance: 7.5 miles / 12 km

Ascent: 785 feet / 240 m

Start from the car park on Pettycur Road which gives easy access on to the coastal path (alternatively 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 Seafield Tower on the edge of Kirkcaldy is soon reached.

Beyond the tower, the path reaches the Seafield car park. 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 is a quiet back road to Kinghorn with little traffic. After almost 3km a cross road junction is reached.

Go left here on to Kissing Trees Lane passing the Kinghorn “kissing trees”. After 1km there is a track on the right signed for Craigencalt. Take this track and follow the main route down to Craigencalt Cottages and then Craigencalt farm, beside Kinghorn Loch.

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 (6.5 mile route)

If the shorter route then turn left at 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 (7.5 mile route)

If opting for the longer route then turn right at the Loch and follow woodland paths round the north side of the loch (can 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, past 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.


route map

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View / download 7.5 mile route from Viewranger.

View / download 7.5 mile route from Ordnance Survey.