Rucksack Readers Fife Coastal Path released on 1st July 2015

Fife Coastal Path guidebook cover

“Bright and attractive presentation, clear and detailed route instructions, excellent maps at a scale of 1:40,000 extensive background information, and fine photography.”

From a review by Undiscovered Scotland

 

At last, the Fife Coastal Path has the guidebook that it deserves. The route runs around the coastline of the Kingdom of Fife from Kincardine on the Forth to Newburgh on the Tay. The authors describe in detail the 117-mile extended Path, and cover several recent route changes. Their concise text is supported by 16 pages of large-scale mapping and over 100 colour photos. The book is rainproof, windproof and rucksackfriendly. Fife has long played an important part in Scottish history and the route passes many ancient castles, towers and churches. There are splendid views along the coast and over the Firths of Forth and Tay, with great chances to sight seabirds, seals and dolphins. The villages have welcoming pubs, famous fish-and chip shops and good range of B&Bs. There are exciting sidetrips: the Isle of May (by boat from Anstruther) is a National Nature Reserve with seals and puffins, and there’s also the Elie Chainwalk – a daring rock scramble.

Starting west of the magnificent Forth bridges, the Path heads along the Forth towards the villages of Fife’s East Neuk (corner), with their traditions of smuggling and fishing. After rounding Fife Ness, the route follows the coastline through St Andrews, golf capital of the world and former religious centre of Scotland. It then passes through Tentsmuir Forest, a National Nature Reserve, to reach the Tay bridges, ending at Newburgh beside the unspoiled Firth of Tay. Although primarily for walkers, much of the Path can be cycled responsibly, and the book also contains advice and resources for cyclists.

The Fife Coastal Path runs around the coastline of eastern Scotland for 117 miles (187 km) from Kincardine on the Forth to Newburgh on the Tay. Starting west of the magnificent Forth bridges, the route heads through former mining towns towards the villages of Fife’s East Neuk (corner), with their rich tradition of smuggling and fishing. After rounding Fife Ness, the route follows the coastline north-west through St Andrews, former religious centre of Scotland and golf capital of the world.

Fife has long played an important part in Scottish history and the route passes many castles, towers and churches. There are splendid views along the coast and over the Firths of Forth and Tay, with great chances to sight seabirds, seals and dolphins. The villages have welcoming pubs, famous fish-and-chip shops and good B&Bs. Transport by train and bus makes for easy access throughout.

The guidebook contains everything you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on foot, or on a bike where cycling is appropriate:

  • details of each section showing distance, side-trips and food/drink stops
  • background on history, landscapes and wildlife
  • planning information for travel by bus, train, car and plane
  • lavishly illustrated, with 100 colour photographs
  • includes 16 pages of mapping at 1:45,000
  • rucksack-friendly format, and printed on rainproof paper.

Authors: Sandra Bardwell is a lifelong walker who has written guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Sunflower Books and

Rucksack Readers. Jacquetta Megarry is the founder of Rucksack Readers and coauthor of many of its guidebooks.

Publication date: 1 July 2015 80pp UK price: £12.99 ISBN: 978-1-898481-71-3