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Beaches in Fife

7 Amazing Beaches in Fife

25 Feb 2018 by annabel

The Kingdom of Fife, as it is known, is a fitting name for this beguiling Scottish county. From its historic castles and fairytale fortresses to the quaint fishing villages and beaches, this region is very much a realm of its own. Managing to maintain its own identity from the rest of the country, and with a coastline that charms the soul. If you love Scotland’s oceanic views, here are 7 of the best beaches to visit during your stay.

1. Aberdour Silversands

The quiet and peaceful Aberdour Silversands is the place to go for scenic trails and dog walking. This is a Blue Flag beach, another award-winning part of the coastline that Fife can be proud of. There are great views of the islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm, and the sand is soft and golden.

2. St. Andrews West Sands

An award-winning beach that has just celebrated 25 years of accolades in the ‘Scottish Beach Awards’. And also recently listed in The Scotsman within the ‘Top 60 Beaches for Swimming’, so it’s a great destination for the whole family. This stretch of sand is also famous for its movie appearance in Chariots of Fire (1981) and the adjacent world-renowned golf course.

st andrews beach

3. Earlsferry Beach

A local favourite located next to Elie Harbour Beach, with a flat sand and a low tide. There’s no lifeguard here and the quietness of the beach is reserved for romantics in search of seclusion. It’s a truly charming spot backed by colourful beach huts and sand dunes.  There are also cafes, pubs and toilets all within easy reach.

4. Tentsmuir Sands Beach

A stunning beach enveloped by the beautiful Tentsmuir forest and an expanse of sand dunes. Easily accessible by car, suitable for dog walking, and a superb picnic spot with wooden tables. Whilst Tentsmuir Sands gets extremely busy during the summer and peak tourist months, it’s one of the best places to go for a walk any time of year. Wrap up warm, throw on your wellies and experience the forest’s natural beauty in autumn and winter time.


5. Lower Largo Beach

A sheltered sandy beach boasting the most incredible views over the Firth of Forth. If you’re looking for a picturesque walking or picnic spot, make Lower Largo Beach and the surrounding village your next destination. This is a fab place for grabbing a coffee and watching the world go by, having a fish and chip lunch, or for beachcombing with the kids.

6. St. Andrews East Sands

This is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. Located on the south side of the old harbour, St. Andrews East Sands is home to a sailing club, a water sports centre and the Fife Coastal Path which is ideal for walkers and cyclists. There is a car park, toilets, as well as a children’s play area.

7. Burntisland Beach

Travelling with little ones in the summer? Then you simply cannot miss the fun-filled Burntisland Beach. This stretch of sand and rock overlooks the Firth of Forth, and has a number of facilities including a leisure centre, a seaside park, crazy golf, plus a fairground and bouncy castles in the hotter months.


If you’re planning on staying in Scotland, be sure to get in touch with our knowledgeable team who can advise on the best places for you to visit. 

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