The Cambo Sands (also known as Kingsbarns Beach) to Leuchars part of the Fife Coastal Path follows a beautiful stretch of coast over some rough terrain. The coastal path is tidal in places so please check tides before setting off and be aware that dogs should be kept under control asÂ livestock will be present in some areas.
The section of path from Kingsbarns to Boarhills is rough and may be muddy in winter. The route hugs the coastal slope between rocky shore and farmland from where it descends to the beach and continues to Babbet Ness.
The next section from Boarhills to St Andrew’s may be the roughest of the whole route and should be walked only at low tide.
Buddo Rock is a prominent geological feature, an impressive stack of pink sandstone. Further along the same section, you will find the Rock and Spindle, the weathered remains of a volcanic plug.
Walkers should note that during the winter months cattle are grazed on this section of the path causing the area to become very muddy. The path leaves the beach and climbs a flight of steps to Kinkell Ness and descends to East Sands, St Andrews, a popular spot for watersports enthusiasts.
There are two route options here, either over the cliffs and past St Andrews Castle or through the town with its many attractions.
Follow the path behind the Old Course Hotel and the Fife Cycle Way along the road to Guardbridge. A footpath leads to Coble Shore point with outstanding views of the Eden Estuary Nature Reserve. Guardbridge is the lowest bridging point on the River Eden, dating from 1419, and once a busy harbour. The Eden Visitor Centre overlooks the upper estuary, a wildfowl hotspot and Site of Special Scientific Interest and well worth a visit.