Pettycur Beach (Kinghorn)

  • Pettycur Beach (Kinghorn) - Fife
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  • Pettycur Beach (Kinghorn) - Fife
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  • Pettycur Bay is a sandy beach backed by sand dunes just to the west of Kinghorn. It is known for its quiet laid back atmosphere and vast expanse of sand here making it ideal for anyone who wants to relax or go for a long walk.

    One of the big draws here is the views which stretch across to the Firth of Forth in the direction of Edinburgh and The Lothians. When the weather is fine you can even see Edinburgh Castle and the famous Arthur’s Seat. If the tide is low, it is possible to walk directly from the beach to neighbouring Burntisland Beach.

    The beach is conveniently located 10 minutes walk away from the main high street and train station.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

    Beach users are encouraged to keep their dogs under control in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

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    • Good fishing
    • Swimming/bathing


    • Toilets
    • Town centre nearby
    • Shop

    Nearest town



    KY3 9SB

    OS grid ref.

    NT 2652 8618


    Parking available for 50 cars. Parking fees apply.

    Water quality

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    Pettycur Beach (Kinghorn) Reviews

    Great walk with my dogs especially on the low tide.

    Dec 24th 2021

    Truly enjoy this walk in all weathers from the harbour to the black rock at Burntisland. Timing is the thing so check your low tide time and when it’s right out you’ll be able to walk along the beach around the cliff, miss it and mind your footing as you go along the rocky path to the other side. Take a bag with a flask and you’ll be set for a good couple of hours in sometimes bracing fresh air !!

    5star when Tide is out, 3star when its in

    Bobby S
    Feb 06th 2024

    When the tide is out, Pettycur Bay is the best beach in the surrounding area. When the tide is in, then it’s probably worth choosing others. It’s quite impressive just how far the tide does go out, and when it does it really is a lovely sight. You can walk on it for a good hour with the dog. There is free parking at the harbour, and toilet facilities with voluntary donation box. Also there are natural wind breaks if you can find them.