(Updated 16/4/21 when CWS serviced facilities mentioned below are open)
Limekilns to Burntisland on The Fife Coastal Path
Have you enjoyed Fife’s ‘Golden Fringe’: 117 miles of Coastal Path that takes you from Kincardine to Newburgh. Passing some of the Kingdom’s most iconic attractions, it’s a route that can be done as an adventure over a few days to short sections on days out. Whichever way you choose to ‘do’ the path, you will be reassured to know that Caledonia Washroom Services are keeping all the public loos well stocked with all the essentials to make a toilet stop a pleasant experience.
In this article, we’re going to share some really interesting facts we’ve discovered on the Limekilns to Burntisland section of the path – a 17 mile route that should be achievable in a day if you are feeling strenuous.
Roundheads and Cavaliers
Don’t know about you, dear reader, but here at CWS HQ we always assumed that Oliver Cromwell and his Roundheads were pretty much an English thing with forays into Scotland. But we were surprised to learn that Cromwell actually occupied Rosyth Castle after the Battle of Inverkeithing. And here was us thinking that battles in Inverkeithing were a recent phenomenon! (apologies residents of the ancient burgh – we speak with our tongue in our cheek)
For the twitchers, further along the path after Rosyth Castle you come to St Margaret’s Marsh which is a small ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’. Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings are present in and around the transition saltmarsh and reed bed saltmarsh. Apparently you may well hear them before you see them. Further along the path after passing under the iconic Forth Rail Bridge which is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site you will pass through Carlingnose Point Wildlife Reserve. This is home to rare plant species, finches warblers and fulmars can be spotted circling the quarry cliffs.
Aberdour – one of Fife’s best loved Villages
The path continues past Inverkeithing – no battles in sight – taking in St David’s Bay and Dalgety Bay and a host of small coves and bays before reaching one of the jewels of Fife: Aberdour with its award-winning beach, top-class Golf Club and a host of cafes and hotels for a well-earned pit stop. First to be reached is Aberdour Golf Club where visitors are warmly welcomed to enjoy a refreshment and some fabulous views over the River Forth. The toilets are pretty splendid too – we know because we look after them.
If you want to stay on the path but still needing to spend a penny, you can be sure of a tidy and fresh welcome at the toilets at Aberdour Park and The Silver Sands.
Between Aberdours’ two beaches sits Hawkcraig Point – a favourite walk with dogs and perfect for the kids to scramble around. But did you know that Hawkcraig Point was once home to a Royal Naval Submarine research base? All that remains now is an old stone pier but it doesn’t take too much imagination to envisage what it was like back in the day at the secluded promontory.
The last stretch of this section of the path from Aberdour to Burntisland follows the coast very closely and in wintertime is especially good to spot, early in the morning, seals and other sea life enjoying the estuary waters. The only disturbance on a quiet morning is the whoosh of the passing trains on their way to Edinburgh and London.
You might want to check out some more of the interesting facts for this stretch of the path here. Find out where more toilets are on The Fife Coastal Path with the rest of this series in Comment from the Closet
Let us know
Let us know if you have spotted any highlights to share on your walks on the Fife Coastal Path and do let us know if any of the toilets you encounter along the way which display one of our logos on the equipment falls short of expected standards. Equally do give us a shout out on Social Media if you used our maintained toilets and find them just as you’d want.