The Beach Guide

Kingsbarns Beach

Kingsbarns Beach - Fife

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Admirers of big skies and wide open spaces will enjoy Kingsbarns Beach, which can be found about 8miles down the coast from St Andrews. The 2-mile stretch of golden sands with interesting rocky outcrops is the perfect destination for those seeking solitude and stunning scenery. The beach is backed by low, grassy dunes and one of Scotland's finest golf courses. The dunes provide a habitat to a variety of insects and birds with the Fife Coastal Path passing alongside the beach.

As well as being popular with walkers, Kingsbarns is a great place to come rockpooling. Those prepared to wait patiently next to the many little pools exposed at low tide will be rewarded with the sight of crabs, anemones, starfish and plenty of small fish and shellfish.

Fossil hunters come here too. At low tide the fossilised remains of plants from the Carboniferous period, 335 million years ago can be found on the foreshore by those who know what to look for.

This beach was awarded the 2014 Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Award. Come here at sunrise on a beautiful summer's day and you'll understand the magic of this beautiful spot.

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Dog owners are encouraged to keep their dogs under control in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which states dogs should be at heel or on a lead.

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KY16 8SX

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NO 6041 1235

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