Leuchars to Wormit Bay

The Leuchars to Wormit Bay section of the path takes in the Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, managed by Forest and Land Scotland and NatureScot, home to a diverse variety of wildlife including birds, bats, red squirrels, seals and butterflies. The path thenwinds through beautiful Tayport village and passes the Tay Road Bridge before finally arriving at Wormit Bay.

The section from Guardbridge to Tentsmuir skirts the military base and into Leuchars with its fine 12th century Romanesque church. The route passes the privately owned Earlshall Castle and crosses Earlshall Muir, the last remnant of the once extensive wild dune lands that dominated this coast until the early 1920s and the advent of commercial forestry.

Boardwalks cross the old marshlands leading into Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve. From Tentsmuir the long-distance trail parallels the coast passing a large ice house, once used to store salmon.

Once the path drops out of the forest and onto Tayport Common, there are great views across the river to Broughty Ferry Castle. Head on to Tayport and follow the tarmac disused railway line to the Tay Bridge.

The Tay Bridge to Wormit Bay section is easy walking along pavements and runs along the sparsely populated North Coast of Fife. The landscape and the resulting land use in this part of Fife are quite different from the rest of the county.

The next section is Wormit Bay to Newburgh.