Wednesday 8 July 2015


This week we're aiming to walk a proportion of the Fife Coastal Path from our base in Kirkcaldy. Today, we took the train southbound to Inverkeighing and walked the 16 miles or so back.

The path was mostly cyclepath and so perhaps a little dull on foot. The guide map was plenty good enough whilst on the route but didn't seem to match the signage exactly, especially in urban areas. A few miles was alongside roads and although progress is good in such situations it felt tiresome and today, aggravated my ankle. I suspect that some of this discomfort derived from heel wear on the boots and perhaps being slightly tight across the toes.

The plainness of the path was compensated by the panoramic views across the Firth of Forth and the wildlife. We spotted Roe deer, Heron, Curlew, Oyster catcher, Seal, Eider duck in addition to numerous grass species and a plethora of hedgerow flowers.

We also stumbled upon the Woodside Hotel which has a lantern roof from the Orontes, a passenger steamer built in 1902 for trips to Australia, installed above their dining room. There were also remains of industry and military installations to give cause for short breaks. The area is certainly rich in history!

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