This section of the route passes over rough terrain and culminates at the commemorative Arch at Mugdrum Park, Newburgh.
We have split it into sections as the landscape and path quality is very different in each. Allow 3 – 5 hours.
The Wormit Bay to Balmerino 2.5 miles (4km) section starts at Wormit Bay Car Park and weaves a lovely undulating route which runs just above the shoreline of the Tay leading to Balmerino.
Passing through fields and woodland, some sections are steep but these are very short so don’t be discouraged!
The Balmerino to Newburgh 11 mile (17.5km) section is long and quite strenuous containing an area where the path almost reaches the summit of Normans Law.
The scenery is very varied, pine woodlands, river views, pastoral fields and quiet narrow roads. Start at Balmerino Abbey where you can park at the roadside. Head out along the beach path sticking to the Tay shoreline until the lovely woodland at Birkhill.
Follow the woodland path over bridges and dens to reach a large track heading to the road towards Brunton. Follow signs along the road until Normans Law comes into view. Climb steadily up and into pine woodland. Through the woods, the path then winds up and over Glenduckie Hill before a beautiful vista and slow descent drops you into Newburgh, along the waterfront of this ancient town and through the coastal path arch to complete this section and the path.
Adjacent to the arch you will see a small Scots Pine and a plaque commemorating the twinning of the Fife Coastal Path and the Skaneleden Trail in Skane, Sweden. We hope that twinning our paths will encourage walkers from both sides of the North Sea to explore their love of coastal long distance routes.
Remember to record your passing through the arch with a photograph and share it with us!