One of the best ways to discover the beauty of the area for yourself is to take a walking holiday in Fife. Basing yourself at the Old Manor Hotel, only minutes away, you’ll find the Fife Coastal Path and Largo Law, or you can venture a bit further afield to discover lots of other routes, all within a short drive.
Whether you fancy a gentle stroll or want the challenge of a more demanding hike, Fife has it all! So pull on your walking boots and grab your binoculars and set off to experience the spectacular countryside, and explore the habitats of the many different wildlife species.
Here are just some of the walks you can find in the area, which come highly recommended by our guests:
Fife Coastal Path
Now firmly established as one of Scotland’s premier long distance walking routes, this 117 mile path runs from the Firth of Forth in the south to the First of Tay in the north. Ranging from easy and level to wild and steep in some places, you can opt to walk sections of the path rather than the whole length of it! To find out more about this popular year round walk, why not visit the dedicated website.
To get one of the most awesome vantage points over the Firth of Forth, you can climb Largo Law – which is just a few minutes from The Old Manor Hotel. Largo Law is the eroded plug of an ancient volcano and you can reach the peak quite easily. There are actually two peaks, the farther away being the highest at 950 feet (290 metres). The 3 hour climb starts off gently, before becoming steeper and can be a little muddy if it’s been raining.
As the walk is across farmland dogs are not permitted on the hill from March to November. You can either walk from the hotel or drive to Upper Largo and park beside the cemetery on North Feus from Upper / Kirkton of Largo.
For a more challenging trek, the Lomond Hills will give you a good workout! The highest peaks in Fife lie in Lomond Hills National Park. The two tallest – Falkland and West Lomond – provide unrivalled views of the Kingdom of Fife and beyond, a true panoramic treat. Open moors, peaceful woodlands and abundant wildlife combine to create a feeling of escape and seclusion.
The first part of the walk is gentle, through the meadows and dells before a short climb up Manduff Hill. As you progress higher up into the hills you can visit Carlin Maggie and Covenanter’s Glen – both sites of local folkore. Once you reach the pinnacle you’ll get your reward with an unparalleled view of the entire landscape of the Kingdom of Fife.
For an easier, more relaxing walk suited to groups of mixed ability, you could try Tenstmuir Forest. This gentle stroll around the forest is still quite a long walk at 8 kilometres, but is gentle and easy underfoot, providing the chance to enjoy the diverse scenery and wildlife in this area.
Tentsmuir Forest stretches out over 1500 hectares, with a thick covering of Scots and Corsican Pine but it’s not just about the woodland. The forest is surrounded on three sides by water – the Eden Estuary, the Tay Estuary and the North Sea – where the golden ripple of Tentsmuir Sands gives even more to admire.