The Wormit Bay to Newburgh section passes over rough terrain and culminates at the commemorative arch at Mugdrum Park, Newburgh.
We have split this part of the Fife Coastal Path into sections as the landscape and path quality are very different in each. Allow 3 – 5 hours.
The Fife Coastal Path will be closed between Wormit and Balmerino from Monday 27 November to Monday 11 December 2023. This is to allow safe removal of blackthorn by a landowner. Signs are now in place to advise of this.
The Wormit Bay to Balmerino section of 2.5 miles (4km) starts at Wormit Bay Car Park. It weaves a lovely undulating route which runs just above the shoreline of the Firth of Tay leading to Balmerino.
Some sections are steep as you pass through fields and woodlands but these are very short so don’t be discouraged!
The Balmerino to Newburgh section of 11 miles (17.5km) is long and quite strenuous containing an area where the path almost reaches the summit of Norman’s Law.
The scenery is very varied with 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 Norman’s 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. Walk along the waterfront of this ancient town and through the coastal path arch to complete this section and the Fife Coastal Path.
You will see a small Scots Pine adjacent to the arch and a plaque commemorating the twinning of the Fife Coastal Path and the Skåneleden Trail in Skåne, 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!