Buckhaven to Elie

Due to coastal erosion, Fife Coastal Path is diverted inland between Elie and St Monans. Signs are in place showing a diversion along the A917 road. It may be possible to walk along the beach at low tide.


The Buckhaven to Elie section of the Fife Coastal Path passes through the urban and industrial areas of Methil and Leven. These towns are linked by the Bawbee Bridge (a Scots term for an old half penny which was the toll for crossing the original bridge).

From Leven head to Lundin Links along the sandy beach. At high tide, use the alternative route, which follows a grassy path through the sand dunes. Take care when walking near the golf course and stick to the waymarked route. From Lundin Links the route crosses the Keil Burn to Lower Largo. This was the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk and the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe.

The long-distance trail follows the abandoned railway and coastline. At high tide, an alternative route takes you through the Dumbarnie Links nature reserve – calcareous dunes noted for birds, butterflies and flowers. The low tide route follows the beach.

The path climbs from Shell Bay to Kincraig Point. There are two route options here, one leading over the cliff and the other to the quirky Elie Chainwalk. A series of chains set into the cliff allow you to traverse this route – but it’s not for the fainthearted!

Take care crossing the golf course, and head on to the delightful villages of Earlsferry and Elie.

Please be aware that it is possible to park overnight in the marked overnight bays at Elie Ruby Bay, further information can be found on our overnight parking page.

The next section of the Fife Coastal Path is Elie to Cambo Sands.