Date(s) - 12/05/2024
8:00 am - 7:30 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: If Time Permits
O/S Map Sheet No.: 59
Grid Ref. Start: 417 025
Grid Ref. Finish 566 036
Walk (Miles): 13
Walk Hours: 7
Bus Time to Walk:2.5 hrs
Bus Time from Walk: 2 hrs
Departure time from walk: 5:30 pm

Walk Notes

Aberdeen Hillwalking club

Lower Largo to Anstruther – Part of Fife Coastal trail       

12th May 2024

O.S.Map 59 (St. Andrews).

N.B. Bus departs Aberdeen at 8.00am.

The walk today takes us south from Aberdeen towards the Firth of Forth Estuary and the Kingdom of Fife.  The logo for the Fife Coastal Trail is a blue and green disc with wiggly dark and white lines running from bottom left to top right. High tide predictions for Anstruther will be provided 1 week prior to the walk.. This walk is a through one, so members who require a shorter walk – please, prior to leaving the bus, indicate your intentions with your committee member in charge today.

(1) Main Walk: Lower Largo to Anstruther

We commence the walk in Lower Largo (NGR 417 025) and head Eastwards on the Fife Coastal Trail on the waymarked path which runs along the shores of Largo Bay towards Earlsferry Links. (Those walkers who wish to do the Earlsferry “Chain Walk”, which passes beneath and along the cliffs, please take note of the tidal predictions, time available and the leaving time of the bus). Continue Eastwards to Elie, Elie Ness lighthouse and a picnic site near Elie’s east links. Our route swings North Eastwards along the clifftops past two castles, Long Shank and Partan Craig to eventually arrive at the old boat-building village of St. Monans. The Fife Coastal Trail continues Eastwards past Pans Goat and Birnie Craig to soon enter the picturesque old fishing village of Pittenweem. On the far side of this village, head Eastwards past Billow Ness golf course where our route swings Northwards to arrive at Anstruther (pronounced “Ainster”) Wester, where our bus will be waiting (NGR 566 036).

Walking distance approx. 12.5 miles (20 km); Ascent: 640 feet (195m)

Shorter Alternatives:

(2)       Crail to Anstruther (or do some walking around Anstruther).     This walk is from North to South & walkers would have to disembark from the bus before it arrives at Lower Largo.  It’s a case of following the coastal path Southwards using the Fife Coastal Trail signposts as a guide. Walking distance just over 4 miles (Crail to Anstruther).

(3)      St. Monans to Anstruther         Walkers taking this shorter walk should follow the notes from Walk 1 from St. Monans                                                    Walking distance just under 4 miles


Bus departs from Wester Anstruther at 5.30pm.

Please note the download to your mobile device only works if you can open gpx files (e.g. Outdooractive or OS) 

Total distance: 20059 m
Max elevation: 0 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Download file: AHWCFifeCoastalPath.gpx

The above notes are for guidance only and are intended to be used along with a map or compass and/or a GPS device with OS maps.

In the event of an emergency arising, the person in charge of the outing should be contacted, if possible, before the emergency services are contacted on 999.


Committee member in charge today is Gilbert McCurdy. Mobile Number: 07807 240817