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Hiking trail

North Queensferry to Burntisland

Hiking trail
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Start the trail near the base of the Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you head northward and then east along the Firth of Forth and further into the Kingdom of Fife. 
Distance 18.8 km
4:55 h
91 m
94 m

From North Queensferry, the trail leads past Deep Sea World to the Carlingnose Wildlife Reserve. You then pass through the town of Inverkeithing and hug the coastline up to St Davids Harbour and Downing Point. Great panoramic views can be captured from here and look out for the historic gun emplacements. The path continues past the ruins of St Bridget’s Kirk into Aberdour and then up through the Blue Flag beaches of Burntisland. Please note this route was updated slightly on 24-June-2021 - to re-route the path (taking the diversion) around a damaged bridge at Aberdour.

Highest point
47 m
Lowest point
3 m

Tips and hints

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest.  Click the icons on the map for more information.

 

Start

North Queensferry (22 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NT 13212 80572
DD
56.010202, -3.393506
DMS
56°00'36.7"N 3°23'36.6"W
UTM
30V 475464 6207284
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Destination

Burntisland

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

OS Grid
NT 13212 80572
DD
56.010202, -3.393506
DMS
56°00'36.7"N 3°23'36.6"W
UTM
30V 475464 6207284
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks OK. A waterproof cover for your rucksack is also useful.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it would be beneficial to bring a power bank.


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Distance
18.8 km
Duration
4:55 h
Ascent
91 m
Descent
94 m

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