Limekilns to Burntisland

The route from the village of Limekilns to Burntisland takes in a range of historical and industrial sites from the ruins of old Rosyth Church and HM Naval Base, to Rosyth Castle and its Doocot.

The Limekilns to Burntisland section of the Fife Coastal Path is fascinating. As you walk you’ll pass by 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. Then the path 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.

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.

There are two spectacular beaches at Aberdour Black Sands and Aberdour Silver Sands which has an award-winning cafe.

The path continues to the seaside town of Burntisland.


St David’s Harbour, Dalgety Bay

If you enjoyed this section, take a look at the Burntisland to Buckhaven section.

Remember that 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.