Buckhaven to Elie

The 13 miles long (20.0 km) section from Buckhaven to Elie takes in quaint villages, historic monuments, an abundance of wildlife and modern industrial towns. Allow 4 - 5 hours.

From Buckhaven you will pass through urban and industrial areas of Methil and Leven, linked by the Bawbee Bridge (a Scots term for an old half penny which was the toll for crossing the original bridge).

From Leven head to Lundin Links along the sandy beach. At high tide, use the alternative route, which follows a grassy path through the sand dunes. Take care when walking near the Golf Course and stick to the waymarked route. From Lundin Links the route crosses the Keil Burn to Lower Largo, the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.

The route follows the abandoned railway and coastline.  At high tide, an alternative route will take you through the Dumbarnie Wildlife Reserve, calcareous dunes noted for birds, butterflies and flowers. The low tide route will follow the beach.

The path climbs from Shell Bay to Kincraig Point. There are two route options here, one leading over the cliff and the other to the Chainwalk - a series of chains set into the cliff and an undertaking not for the faint of heart! 

Take care crossing the golf course, and onto the delightful villages of Earlsferry and Elie.




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).