A short circular walk around the ancestral lands of the Earls of Wemyss.
Distance: 3.2 miles / 5 km
Ascent: 260 feet / 80m
Start / finish: Coaltown of Wemyss
Other Wemyss walks: Wemyss Circular
Start from a small car park (room for about 3 cars) just inside the Wemyss Castle grounds at Coaltown of Wemyss, grid reference NT 323 957. Access the car park via the castle driveway opposite the bowling club. The castle is a private house not open to the public although the gardens are opened from time to time.
From the car park follow the green sign and purple arrow waymarker post on to the grassy path that runs along the back of a row of houses. As it leaves the houses the path becomes a woodland path and enters a shelter belt. Keep on this path until you reach a wooden post where you turn left for East Wemyss. The path becomes a wider track still in woodland with purple arrow core path marker posts. When you reach a marker post at a cross roads turn right off the track onto a path. The path curves left to reach the back of a row of houses.
Follow the path past the houses to the far end into the woods, crossing over a surfaced path. Cross a grassy area to join a road with houses to your left. Look out for steps on your right going downhill between brick walls next to an electricity transformer. At the bottom of the steps follow the path around the edge of grass, behind some houses and past a play area. The path now starts to go down hill to the shore. Before reaching the shore turn right into the woods at a marker post with a Fife Coast and Countryside Trust symbol. You are now on to the “official route” of the Coastal Path.
The Coastal Path initially takes you through woodland behind a scrap yard but soon reaches the shore at an old mining area. This is not the most attractive bit of the coastal path but turn your back to it and walk towards West Wemyss with the sea to your left. After about 1km you will reach Wemyss Castle perched on the cliffs above you. Unfortunately from this angle it is not the most picturesque of castles! After the castle you will pass St Aidrian’s Church.
Follow the path into the car park / bus turning area and turn right after the church up an old wynd with shallow steps. After huffing and puffing up the steps go right through an open doorway in the wall onto a woodland path behind the church. Follow this path up the hill through the woods round to the left. The grassy path will bring you out on to the castle driveway where you turn left and then left again. A gentle uphill walk for about 500m will bring you back to your starting point.
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