Fife Coast at Kingsbarns

Just over a week ago we had an afternoon out with Elena and the boys to celebrate Mother’s Day.  We were treated to a delicious afternoon tea at the Fairmount Hotel at St Andrew’s Bay.  Afterwards we spent some time exploring the coast at Kingsbarns.  Kingsbarns itself is a lovely old village which lies about a mile or so inland from the coast.  It boasts a fine church and some attractive traditional stone built houses.  Its name recalls the time when grain for the King was stored there in barns prior to delivery to the Palace at Falkland.  The coast at Kingsbarns is particularly beautiful.  There is a rocky area which used to house the harbour, which is now in ruins and only the barest of outlines remain.   It seems there was some kind of harbour at Kingsbarns from the 16th century.  The current ruins are of the harbour that was started in the early 19th century and was used to transport potatoes to London.  It is now a great play area for young and old to explore the rockpools and simply jump from stone to stone. To the east of this rocky area lies the lovely Cambo beach which stretches for about two miles and is made up of soft golden sand.  Behind the beach is the new golf links at Kingsbarns.  This part of the coast lies along the Crail to St Andrews section of the Fife Coastal Path.  From the beach you can reach the Cambo estate which is itself well worth a visit, especially at this time of year as the grounds are covered with snowdrops.  Below are some photos taken on the afternoon, mostly of the harbour ruins.






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