​Footprints of growth. 

Once a major centre for coal mining, textile production and salt panning, the work that shaped the region is evident along the length of the Fife Coastal Path.

The St Monans windmill nods to the salt panning in the area, during time when this precious commodity was traded with our European neighbours.

​The disused winding gear of the Frances Colliery near Dysart, serves as a testament to the coal mining industry, which once employed 25,000 men.

When the Forth and Tay rail bridges opened, linking Fife with Dundee to the north and Edinburgh to the south, the county boomed. Ports were constructed in Methil, Burntisland and Rosyth.

Kirkcaldy was the world leader for production of linoleum and latterly, high tech companies moved to the new town of Glenrothes, taking advantage of an available workforce due to the decline of the coal mining industry.

Use the map below to search areas along the path noted for their links with industry.



Check out our interactive map for more information on this section of the Fife Coastal Path. We thoroughly recommend buying our Guide Book and Map as they will provide you with additional information and enhance your journey.

The map and book are available online or from Harbourmaster's House, in person or by phone (+44) 01592 656080 priced at just £6.95 and £9.99 (plus postage & packaging).