Pathhead Sands

Pathhead Sands lies to the east of Kirkcaldy’s harbour.  The beach is a mixture of shingle and sand and is popular with locals during the summer months as well as with dog walkers at any time of year. 

There is plenty of free parking near the beach, with picnic benches and a wide grassy area near the car park. Turning left from the car park it is possible to walk over to the majestic ruins of Ravenscraig Castle.  Built in the 15th century, by Mary of Guelders, widow of James II, this is thought to be one of the first castles in Scotland built to withstand cannon fire.  During the 17th century the castle was attacked and damaged by Oliver Cromwell’s forces. 

At the other end of the beach lies Kirkcaldy Harbour which was once a busy commercial port. It is now home to a small marina. 

There are views from the beach across the Firth of Forth, towards Edinburgh and Cockenzie.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round

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  • Good fishing


  • Picnic area

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NT 2917 9244


There is a car park on the beach.There is a car park on the beach.


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