Scottish Road Trips: Fife Coastal Route

The Fife coastal route takes in 77 miles of dazzling coastline between the Kincardine and Tay bridges in Fife. It’s an accessible route that passes through traditional fishing villages, famous Scottish towns, and wildlife-filled pine forests. Like much of Scotland, it’s ideal for a motorhome holiday; the drive itself is spectacular with picture-perfect views keeping you captivated as you drive the windy roads and there are ample opportunities to stretch your legs on the coastal path. You can find out more about walking sections of the trail here. You’ll find it mostly easy-going though it can get muddy at times and some parts of the walk are more remote than others so make sure you prepare in advance.

Kincardine to North Queensferry

Constructed between 1932 and 1936, the Kincardine Bridge is a wonderful place to start. When built, it provided a much-needed link between Stirlingshire and Fife; it was the lowest crossing across the Forth river at the time, preceding the famous Forth Road bridge by almost 30 years. Take time to explore Kincardine before crossing if you can. Its history lies in shipbuilding; it was one of Scotland’s most significant trading ports in the 17th Century. 

Devilla Forest

Once across the bridge, one of your first stops should be the Forestry Commission site, Devilla Forest. Filled with distinctive Scottish pine, the forest is popular with walkers and cyclists alike and one of the best places in central Scotland to see native red squirrels. There are four lochs and many paths to follow, including, if you have an hour, a red squirrel trail for your best chance to see the elusive critter.

Culross

Back on the coastal route, the Royal Burgh of Culross is a must for Outlander fans; it featured in many episodes. It’s a picturesque, historic town overlooking the Firth of Forth that takes you back in time. If you get the opportunity, wander the windy halls of the ochre-coloured 16th Century Culross Palace, it’s fascinating!

Dunfermline Abbey

Dunfermline

Coming up to Dunfermline you’ll find lots to do. Car fans may want to stop at Knockhill racing circuit, which hosts racing events and motor racing year-round, while those looking for a more peaceful activity can visit Pittencrieff Park. The Dunfermline Palace and Abbey will bring a historical touch to your trip; The 11th Century Benedictine Palace is the resting place of many Scottish kings, including King Robert Bruce. 

Queensferry

If you’re travelling with children, Deep Sea World in North Queensferry will occupy them for hours. North and South Queensferry are popular spots for a photograph on front of the iconic bridges there. Alternatively, if you’re keen for a detour, you could always hop across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh for a day or two.

Forth Bridge

North Queensferry to The Tay Bridge

Leaving North Queensferry and its bridges, there’s plenty to see. Aberdour Castle presents a mix of buildings built throughout the 11th to 17th centuries and an aroma-filled walled garden overlooking the Firth of Forth, while Kirkcaldy galleries host a fascinating array of artworks as well as a library and museum. With activities to occupy all ages, it’s ideal for the whole family. 

Anstruther

The fishing village of Anstruther is up next on your road trip. Delve into the history of the Scottish fishing industry at the Scottish Fisheries Museum or take a moment to breathe in the sea air while enjoying a fish and chip supper from the award-winning Anstruther fish bar. The ferry to the Isle of May departs from here also – a trip well worth it for seabird lovers. 

St Andrews Cathedral

Whisky & Golf

No road trip in Scotland would be complete without a trip to a distillery, and this one is no different; the Kingsbarns distillery is hiding around your next bend. Take a tour to learn about its history or simply visit the shop and take a bottle away to enjoy in the comfort of your motorhome before heading onto St Andrews, a town famous for its many golf courses. And, if playing a round or two doesn’t satisfy your golf fix, there is also the British Golf Museum filled with fascinating insights into the world of golf. The town itself is a joy to walk around, with a mix of traditional buildings, quirky cobbled streets, and impressive structures such as the St Andrews Cathedral.

Tentsmuir – Forest, Sand Dunes, and Wildlife

Nearing the end of the Fife coastal route, Tentsmuir Forest will be one of your final stops. It’s another Forestry Commission site filled with native Scots pine trees but this time interspersed with sweeping sand dunes. Look out for red squirrels, roe deer, sea birds and seals – it’s a real wildlife haven.

Dundee and Beyond

Finally, cross over the Tay bridge, and you’ll be in Dundee where you can continue your motorhome adventure – where will you go next?

Explore Fife and Beyond in a Luxury Motorhome Hire

If you’re going to travel the Fife Coastal Route, or anywhere else in Scotland, one of the best ways to do so is by luxury motorhome. Enjoy the freedom to explore Scotland your way, taking a recommended route or forging taking each day as it comes. With a luxury motorhome hire you can travel without concerning yourself with where you’ll sleep each night, stopping off in truly spectacular spots and enjoying a new view every morning. Contact us to find out more and book your trip, we’re happy to put together a bespoke itinerary for your trip.