Cambo Sands to Leuchars

A 2.5km section of the Fife Coastal Path between Kingsbarns Beach and Boarhills is closed due to coastal erosion. Signs are in place. There is no diversion available at this time.

Kingsbarns Beach car park will be completely closed on Tues 4th, Wed 5th and Thurs 6th June and overnight parking will not be permitted on Mon 3rd June. This is for essential maintenance to the car park surface. There will be a small diversion in place on the Fife Coastal Path and signage will be in place.

The Cambo Sands (also known as Kingsbarns Beach) to Leuchars section follows a beautiful stretch of coast over some rough terrain. Please check tides before setting off as the route is tidal in places. Dogs should be kept under close control as there is livestock in some places.

The section of path from Kingsbarns to Boarhills is rough and may be muddy in winter. The route hugs the coastal slope between rocky shore and farmland from where it descends to the beach and continues to Babbet Ness.

The next section from Boarhills to St Andrews may be the roughest of the whole route and should be walked only at low tide. Buddo Rock is a prominent geological feature, an impressive stack of pink sandstone. Further along the same section, you will find the Rock and Spindle, the weathered remains of a volcanic plug.

Walkers should note that during the winter months cattle are grazed on this section of the path causing the area to become very muddy. From there the path leaves the beach and climbs a flight of steps to Kinkell Ness and descends to East Sands, St Andrews, a popular spot for watersports enthusiasts.

Tourist attractions

Either follow the long-distance trail over the cliffs and past St Andrews Castle or through St Andrews with its many historic and tourist attractions.

Walkers should follow the Fife Coastal Path behind the Old Course Hotel and the Fife Cycle Way along the road to Guardbridge. A footpath leads to Coble Shore point with outstanding views of the Eden Estuary Nature Reserve. Guardbridge is the lowest bridging point on the River Eden, dating from 1419, and was once a busy harbour. The Eden Estuary Visitor Centre overlooks the upper estuary. This area is a wildfowl hotspot and Site of Special Scientific Interest which is well worth a visit.

The next section of the Fife Coastal Path is Leuchars to Wormit Bay.