Boarhills to St Andrews, Fife
23rd April 2023
A short walk along the Fife coastal path, exploring spectacularly folded sedimentary rocks and the Rock and Spindle volcanic vent.
THE ROCKS: The rocks of the East Neuk of Fife are a mix of Carboniferous sedimentary rocks, sometimes spectacularly folded, and later volcanic necks testament to small, messy, very explosive basaltic eruptions. The wild section of coast between Boarhills and St Andrews includes some spectacular folded strata, a small volcanic vent packed with interesting features and several rock stacks on raised beaches.
THE WALK: This is reasonably gentle walk on the Fife Coastal Path with occasional forays on to the shore. I have classified this as a moderate walk: Not always on paths, may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. You’ll need footwear with a good tread, warm and waterproof clothing. a drink and some lunch. Distance 7km; duration 5 hours.
MEETING POINT & ROUTE: Meet in the centre of Boarhills, where there is parking beside the wall. Grid reference: NO564140 | Nearest Postcode: KY16 8PP | What3Words: galloping.since.plotted | Route Map. From the end of the walk at East Sands, St Andrews there is a regular bus service back to Boarhills. If you would like to do a car shuttle, meet at 9:45 am at the East Sands car park, end of Woodburn Place, St Andrews. Grid reference: NO517162 | Nearest Postcode: KY16 8AY | What3Words: advancing.measuring.proof. – we will leave some cars here and drive to the start point.