Burntisland to Buckhaven

Due to the path between East and West Wemyss being washed away because of stormy weather and high tides, walkers are strongly advised to use the red route at high tides. Signage shows this diversion.


The tunnel at Dysart will be closed on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July 2024 for inspection. The path will be diverted through Ravenscraig Park for this short section, so you may encounter more steps than normal. Signage will be in place and we’ll have a countryside warden in the area.

Burntisland is an attractive, historical town with cafés , shops, accommodation, a sandy beach, summer fair and museums.

The Burntisland to Buckhaven section of the Fife Coastal Path follows the edge of the Firth of Forth. There are stunning views no matter what the weather. You will pass the monument to Alexander III, who fell to his death nearby in the 13th century, between Burntisland and Kinghorn.

Lava flows are a feature of the Fife coast, and are a reminder of The Binn volcano eruption over 300 million years ago. The underlying limestone strata contain marine fossils from a time when Scotland had a tropical climate.

On the outskirts of Kirkcaldy the path passes the 16th century Seafield Tower. This area is rich in birdlife and seals can often be seen basking on the rocks. From the Kirkcaldy Esplanade, the path winds steeply to Pathhead Sands, a location which features in several of John Buchan’s novels. Look out for Ravenscraig Castle which was built by James II for his wife Mary of Guelders.

Harbourmaster’s CafĂ©

Ravenscraig Park and its wonderful gardens offer a beautiful diversion on the Burntisland to Buckhaven section. Follow the path to Sailor’s Walk, perched high above Dysart Harbour and The Harbourmaster’s House. Be sure to visit the Harbourmaster’s CafĂ© for a coffee or lunch (check seasonal opening). Takeaway is available when the café  is open.

Dysart itself is a Royal Burgh dating from the 7th century. You’ll see the 13th century St Serf’s Tower and the restored Pan Ha’ red tiled cottages that look out over the Forth and dominate the shore.

From Dysart the path skirts the iconic winding gear of the Frances Colliery which is testament to the area’s former importance in the coal industry. From there it climbs over Blair Point to a walled chapel garden and the private burial ground of the Wemyss family. West Wemyss was one of Fife’s most important ports, trading in coal and salt with the Continent. The village and harbour have been extensively restored. The path passes 14th century private residence Wemyss Castle en route to East Wemyss.

The Wemyss Environmental Centre has displays on the Wemyss Caves, a major feature along the shoreline. Six caves remain and you can arrange to visit them with Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society. Follow the path past the remains of Macduff Castle, believed to be linked to the Thane of Fife, who slew Macbeth. From there follow the old tramway to the village of Buckhaven.

The next section of the route is Buckhaven to Elie.  Our Plan Your Trip section has some useful links to help organise your visit. There is information on transport, toilets, accommodation, services and attractions and more.

Information on overnight parking can be found here.

Rossend Castle, Burntisland