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Diana’s virtual tour of The Fife Coast ~ Kingsbarns to St Andrews

Ambling along grassy slopes,

pausing to glance back at

a craggy coastline

 ~ alone.

Climbing well worn rocky steps

clinging to cliff face.

Awaiting the safety of the out going tide

to reveal

a tiny cove and sandy shore.

Ancient rocks guiding the way,

a wooden bridge, a wooded glen,

 cows munching betwixt

stepping stones,

before the last ascent up wooden steps

and the final destination is in sight.

…..

 

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Diana’s Virtual Tour of Fife ~ The story so far

For each book I’ve written so far, a sense of ‘place’ has been vital to my writing. On each occasion I have wished to capture the essence of these locations by writing posts in the form of virtual tours. So far my virtual travels have explored Alderney, Guernsey, Southampton and Bedfordshire, but more recently I have enjoyed sharing the journeys, memories, historical facts as well as fantasies whilst following The Fife Coastal Path reflecting my latest tome, The Healing Paths of Fife. 

Here are links to the journey so far:

DSCN3010North Queensferry ~ the village with three bridges spanning the Forth. Then on to Dunfermline  where Queen Margaret prayed in her cave, in fact, the place which inspired my story. Then along the coast to Aberdour ~ a lovely little coastal town with Silver Sands and Black Sands looking out towards Inchcolm Island and Abbey on the Firth of Forth.

Next is Burntisland ~ very popular as a holiday resort especially in Victorian Britain but now an up and coming place. (although the crowds this Easter suggest a revival) From Burntisland you can look over the couple of miles of sandy beach towards Pettycur with its wee harbour.

Snow at KinghornKinghorn is up the road, and the place which called us home. The site of the beach and the Kirk by the Sea never ceases to make me smile. Along the rugged coastal path takes you to meet the Selkies at Seafield Tower Kirkcaldy 

Then on to Kirkcaldy followed by a gentle walk to Dysart of Outlander fame.

The coastal path undulates from here in the most pleasant way as you pass on to West Wemyss and Wemyss Caves and then through to East Wemyss.

Heading further along the coast and another delightful walk is from Leven to Lower Largo of Robinson Crusoe fame, and next on to a popular area called East Neuk where fishing villages are in abundance, all worth a visit for different reasons. There’s:

St Monans

Pittenweem

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Crail

Cambo Gardens

Finally in my next post I will be taking you to my destination on this walk, to the famous city of St Andrews. A special walk leading to an extra special place.

 

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The Lomond Hills ~ Diana’s Virtual Tour of Fife

After walking the Fife Coastal Path we decided to head for the hills. The first of such walks was The Binn above Burtisland, seen from Pettycur Harbour.

Here’s a link to my post about the day on my other blog:

Bring me Sunshine, Bring me Laughter, Bring me Love

Now I’m taking you northwards but it has taken us two attempts to reach the top of East Lomond Hill. What! I can hear you saying, ‘you soft southerners’ but in our defense the first time we attempted this walk, it was a sunny day just after we had both recovered from the flu.

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At the vanishing point of the path in this picture above there is a fork giving us two options, to head directly to the hill or to veer around it. We chose the left hand route and soon the path began to climb quite steeply. Unfortunately, only a quarter of the way to the summit I began to feel a bit tired and dizzy and so we turned back, but even from this height the views were wonderful in the dappled sunlight.

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Last week we returned, pausing briefly in Falkland for a light lunch. (I will write about Falkland on another post since it deserves at least one of its own because, although it does not feature in The Healing Paths of Fife, it is an extremely important wee town in the area for numerous reasons)

The day of this walk began sunny but by the time we set out it was beginning to look broody, so we strode upwards from the car park with determination and also vital new knowledge. ‘It is much easier to take the longer route to the right and walk around the hill until you find the path on its south easterly side,’ advised a friend, (and more suitable for you softies I could imagine him muttering under his breath.)

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It was wonderful to make out Inchkeith Island in the distance, opposite where we now live, as the Firth of Forth stretched in front of us out towards the estuary. As you can see the climb is gentler this way, at first anyway.

DSCN4644.JPGWe paused on the sheltered side of East Lomond Hill for breath, water and to admire the views.

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At the top it was clear that the wind had picked up and so we only stayed on the summit briefly for photos. I’m actually hanging on up there! You can see West Lomond, the greater challenge in the distance.

We retraced our steps only just in time, reaching the car before the rain. The forcast was for a storm that night but we felt content to snuggle at home, satisfied to have completed the walk. A fine one it was too. It was only 424 m high but onwards and upwards eh ~ just like writing!

East Lomond Hill was an early hill fort from the Iron Age. I cannot imagine living on those windy slopes though. They’re a hardy bunch, the Scots, aren’t they 🙂

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