There are some amazing walks in Fife. We've put together some suggestions here for walks right outside the hotel such as the Fife Coastal Path and Largo Law, to some within a short drive.
One of the most picturesque areas in eastern Scotland, Fife has much to offer visitors to the region throughout the year.
Although St Andrews is arguably one of the most famous parts of Fife, offering world class golfing facilities and attracting top players from around the world, there's so much more to see too.
Pull on your walking boots and grab your binoculars and take a walk around some of the spectacular countryside that Fife has to offer. Here are a few ideas of some of the routes you might want to take a look at.
Fife Coastal Path
This is a very famous route and runs from Dunfermline to Tayside. We've created a separate page here for more information about the Fife Coastal Path.
Just a few minutes from the hotel Largo Law is an eroded plug of an ancient volcano with amazing views over the Firth of Forth from the top. There are actually two peaks, the farther away being the highest at 950 feet (290 metres). The walk up ranges from gentle to quite steep and after rain can be a little muddy.
As the walk is across farmland dogs are not permitted on the hill by the farmer between 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. Allow about 3 hours for your ascent.
The Lomond Hills
For those who fancy a challenge, the Lomond Hills beckon walkers with a thirst to give their lungs a workout. The highest hills in Fife lie in Lomond Hills National Park, and the two tallest – Falkland and West Lomond – provide unrivalled views of the Kingdom of Fife, a true panoramic treat.
The park encompasses a wide range of terrains including meadows, a plantation, a loch, woodland as well as the natural wild beauty of the heart of the country park itself.
The Lomond Hills rise up as a natural barrier between the bustling urban Fife on one side and the rural communities, forestry and rolling green countryside of the other.
Despite their proximity to the towns, Lomond Hills provide the sensation of idyllic seclusion, with open moorland as far as the eye can see peaceful woodlands and plenty of wildlife too.
Starting in Scotlandwell, the route through the Lomond Hills starts with some wooden steps and gently ascends up through the countryside, passing through meadows and wooded dells, first reaching the summit of Manduff Hill before moving on.
Passing through undulating countryside, there's the chance to visit some spots high up in the hills which are the centre of local folklore, such as Carlin Maggie and Covenanter's Glen, before moving on to reach the highest pinnacle to survey the entire panorama of the Kingdom of Fife.
Isle of May
If you want a walk with a difference, you might want to schedule in a hike around the Isle of May.
Although the walk itself is undemanding, you will need to take a boat to the island itself before you can truly set off.
Lying on the edge of the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May is a magical place, offering a whole new world away from the mainland. Visit in the summer months and you can expect to see the comical puffins in their droves, along with basking seals and plenty other birdlife too.
Although the island is now a reserve, it has a rather dark and fascinating past, filled with stories about Vikings and smugglers, plus the occasional monk. If you want a walk filled with culture, heritage plus plenty of birds with brightly coloured bills, the Isle of May is the place for you.
Although Fife offers the chance to take some serious exercise, there are plenty of routes in the area which are suitable for fitness abilities of all levels.
This gentle stroll around Tentsmuir Forest is quite a long walk at 8 kilometres, but is gentle and easy underfoot, providing the chance to enjoy the vast array of scenery and wildlife around.
Tentsmuir Forest stretches out over 1500 hectares, with a thick covering of Scots and Corsican Pine but it's not just about woodland. The forest is surrounded on three sides by water – the Eden Estuary, the Tay Estuary and the North Sea – whilst the golden ripple of Tentsmuir Sands lies alongside.
This wonderful contrast of nature provides the perfect backdrop to see some of Scotland's wildlife in their own habitat; keep your eyes peeled for roe deer, butterflies and even the rare red squirrel. If you're walking at dusk, you could be treated to the sight of some of the plantation bats. Pipistrelle, natterers and brown long-eared bats are all resident in the forest, encouraged to stay by some of the bat boxes set high up on the trees.
The Kingdom of Fife is a fascinating blend of past and present, ocean and countryside. With an array of natural scenery, unspoilt countryside and a wide variety of stunning wildlife, there are plenty of walks to suit everyone of all abilities. Whether you want a gentle stroll or a lung-busting climb through the peaks, the countryside of Fife simply shouldn't be missed.
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