The Limekilns to Burntisland section of the Fife Coastal Path is fascinating as you pass under three iconic bridges. The Queensferry Crossing, Forth Road Bridge and Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were built in three different centuries. You can learn more about these world-famous structures at The Forth Bridges.
This long-distance trail takes you onto Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve which houses a chalky grassland habitat with a rich plant variety. You can appreciate the spectacular views of the estuary, the bridges, and the Edinburgh skyline. The path then descends through woodland to Port Laing beach, which was a WWI seaplane base, and past an active whinstone quarry. This area is rich in birdlife throughout the year. The path then traverses Inverkeithing, a royal burgh with a range of historic buildings spanning four centuries.
Follow the coast to St David’s Harbour at Dalgety Bay and then on to Downing Point. It’s worth going up the steps to see the WWII gun emplacements and panoramic views across the Firth of Forth. Pass Donibristle Chapel and the ruins of St Bridget’s Kirk onto the village of Aberdour. Aberdour boasts many attractions including the 14th Century castle and gardens, 16th Century doocot and St Fillan’s Church. There are two spectacular beaches at Aberdour Black Sands and Aberdour Silver Sands which has an award-winning cafe.
Head up the path over Hawkcraig cliffs and through woodlands to Starley Burn with its interesting waterfalls, distinctive due to the lime deposits left by the falling water. The path continues to the town of Burntisland.
If you enjoyed this section, take a look at the Burntisland to Buckhaven section.
Remember many sections of the Fife Coastal Path can be accessed by public transport links. Visit Traveline Scotland to plan your trip.
Explore with Lloydi has created a video of this section of the Fife Coastal Path.