Limekilns to Burntisland

Please be aware there is a diversion to the Fife Coastal Path at Aberdour due to damaged to the Dour Bridge. Map of diversion route.

Please be aware repair work on the coastal defences between Silver Sands Beach at Aberdour and Burntisland, is scheduled to start on the August 9th and will continue for around 18 weeks.

There will be a limited amount of disruption on the Fife Coastal Path materials are moved along the route, but the FCP will remain open throughout.

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, HM Naval Base, to Rosyth Castle and its Doocot.

Pass under the Forth Road Bridges and the iconic Railway Bridge onto Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve which houses a chalky grassland habitat with a rich variety of plants. Take in the spectacular views of the estuary, the bridges, and the Edinburgh skyline. The path descends to Port Laing beach, a WWI seaplane base, through woodland
and past an active whinstone quarry. This area is rich in birdlife throughout the year. 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 to Downing Point, with its 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, St Fillan’s Church and two spectacular beaches.

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.


Dalgety Bay, St Davids Harbour.

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.