Did you know that Fife has been voted 'No 1 outdoor destination' in Scotland by Scottish Natural Heritage eight years in a row? You don’t need to hoof it up to the Highlands to enjoy a huge host of outdoor activities - with 117-miles of stunning coastline, the volcanic Lomond Hills Regional Park and with a whole load of brilliant outdoor activity providers, here’s a video guide to things to do in Fife outdoors.
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Here is how to get outside in Fife...
1/ Try stand up paddleboarding (SUP)
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing watersports in Scotland and is brilliant fun and really easy to learn - take it from me! If you fancy trying SUP for yourself, Lochore Meadows Country Park offers two-hour beginners sessions (£20 for adults, £10 for under 18s) which includes your paddle board and wetsuit hire. Book your SUP session through Lochore Meadows.
2/ Go Mountain Biking in Fife
With over 1,200 acres of parkland to explore, Lochore Meadows Country Park is the perfect place to learn to mountain bike or to brush up on your skills. There are lots of off road mountain bike trails at Lochore Meadows to explore. If you are a beginner then book into a guided mountain bike rides (£20 per adult) which start off with a warm up on the skills loop and then head off to explore the trails. Mountain bikes can be hired at Lochore for 2 hours to a full day.
3/ Scramble: the Elie Chain Walk
The Elie Chain Walk is a series of chains fixed along the coast between Shell Bay and West Bay near Elie which you use to climb, scramble and coasteer along the Fife cliffs - kind of like a Scottish Via Ferrata! Make sure you are prepared for the weather and the tides - please watch this Elie Chain Walk video guide for tips and tricks before you head out on the chains.
4/ Coasteering on the Fife coast
Coasteering offers up a way of exploring Scotland coastline like you have never experienced it before. The best place to coasteer in Fife is at Elie, jump into the water and climb out - its all brilliant fun. Coasteering should be always done instructor - being able to safely coasteer requires knowledge of both the tides and the rocks underneath the Forth. Fife Outdoors offers coasteering days for £30 an adult at Elie.
5/ Go horse riding through the Fife countryside
One of the best ways to see the Fife countryside is on horse back and Barbarafield Riding School offers adult and children’s hacks near Cupar. Head out on a 1 hour hack (£30 for adults) to explore the beautiful grounds of the Hill of Tarvit and Scotstarvit Tower on the back of a horse.
6/ Climb up to the Bunnet Stane and explore the Lomond Hills
The Lomond Hills Regional Park was designed as Scotland's first Regional Park in 1986 and covers 25 square miles of hills and rolling Fife countryside. My favourite walk in the park is up to the Bunnet Stane is an unusual rock formation on the edge of West Lomond. A stroll up to the Bunnet Stane makes for a great family ramble with lovely views.
7/ Fancy learning to ride a bike?
Fife Cycle Park offers a 1.6km tarmac circuit designed to offer a range of cycling activities and for all skill levels. Floodlit and built to ‘A Road’ standard, at Fife Cycle Park you can learn to cycle in a traffic free environment. If you’d like to get out on the roads then try an adult confidence builder session (prices vary) or you can turn up with your own bike for a pay to pedal session. Fife Cycle park is near Lochgelly.
8/ The Fife Pilgrim Way
The Pilgrim Way is a new 70-mile path running from Culross to St Andrews following the route taken by pilgrims between the 11th to 16th centuries. The Fife Pilgrim Way officially opens on the 5 July 2019.
9/ Walk the beautiful 117-mile Fife Coastal Path
The Fife Coastal path is Scotland’s longest coastal path and stretches for 117 miles along the edge of the peninsula - stretching all along from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Tay.
My favourite section is from Anstruther to Crail - visit Cellerdyke with its tiny 16th century harbour – which is also known as Skinfast Haven once home to more than 50 herring boats. The path passes the ‘The Coves’, or the Caves of Caiplie – used as an early site of christian worship and a doocot! The return walk from Anstruther to Crail is around 10 miles.
10/ Get out on the beach
Fife’s is home to some of Scotland’s best beaches – kids will love the child-friendly silver sands of Aberlour, the huge sweep of sand between Earlsferry and Elie best known for its beach cricket matches and the walk through the Cambo Estate to the and wild Kingsbarns golf course is beautiful!