Travel Postcard – Fife Coastal Path from Kingsbarns

Sand Patterns on the Beach at Airbow Point near Kingsbarns

In this travel postcard, Mark heads to Scotland and explores the Fife Coast from Kingsbarns up to St Andrews…

Buddo Rock on the Fife Coastal Path near Boarhills
Buddo Rock on the Fife Coastal Path, near Boarhills

 

I took an early bus in St Andrews headed down the coast towards Crail and got off at the pretty village of Kingsbarns.  I’d noticed Buddo Rock and the Rock and Spindle formations on my map and wanted to have a look at those, so I planned to walk back from Kingsbarns along the Fife Coastal Path and hopefully find some locations for a future visit. From Kingsbarns I wandered down the lane to the coast at Cambo Sands which looked like they should be a popular spot in the summer, but the car park was deserted on this chilly February morning.  I headed north along the coast and soon came to Airbow Point where the eroded path descends and continued along the beach for some way, which is sandy and dotted with colourful rocks which made an interesting subject in the morning light especially as the overnight tide had removed any footprints.

Sand Patterns on the Beach at Airbow Point near Kingsbarns
Sand Patterns on the Beach at Airbow Point near Kingsbarns

 

Further up the coast the path follows a burn inland to Boarhills where you can cross and follow a track back to the coast.  By the time I reached Buddo Rock it was almost noon so the rock wasn’t ideally lit, but this curious sandstone formation plonked at the top of the beach certainly had interest and would be worth a future trip.  It’s also got a nicely eroded part which makes a natural bench on which to sit and enjoy lunch.  After the sandwiches had gone, the sun had gone in too, so the soft diffused light was actually quite nice for photographing some abstract rock details.

Sandstone Detail, Buddo Rock
Sandstone Detail, Buddo Rock

 

Further along the coast The Rock and Spindle was also a pleasant surprise, but by this time the light was quite poor so I just made a couple of shots which I thought might work in black and white, but mainly as a reminder to come back in better conditions.

The Rock and Spindle
The Rock and Spindle

 

From here it’s the home straight past Kinkell Ness back to St Andrews.  After the cliff top caravan park the path descends to the East Sands and offers a fine view across to the harbour.

East Sands and Pier from the Clifftop
East Sands and Pier from the Clifftop

 

At the harbour, icecreams were available and made a pleasant end to the walk before returning to the town centre.

The Harbour at St Andrews
The Harbour at St Andrews

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer based in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images through marksunderland.com - The Source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

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