Kirkcaldy to the Wemyss Caves, Fife

Event Date:

16th March 2024

Event Time:

10:00 am

This gentle walk along a quiet section of the Fife Coastal Path takes us through varied coastal scenery, with lots of sedimentary rock on view, including loose material that is great for fossil hunting.

THE ROCKS: Along this section of the Fife coast various layers of sedimentary rock are visible beside the path and on the foreshore. These date from the later part of the Carboniferous Period, and include some of the youngest rocks in this part of Scotland, formed around 310 million years ago. Especially prominent are several layers of thick sandstone, which form part of the harbour at Dysart and the caves close to East Wemyss. Other layers are rich in fossils including plant remains.

THE WALK: This is a picturesque section of the Fife Coastal Path, from Ravenscraig Castle in Kirkcaldy, through the woods to Dysart and then along a more open coastline through West Wemyss to finish at East Wemyss. The path sticks to the coast most of the way, and so there is not much up and down, with only one detour inland at the Frances Colliery that involves some ascent. I have classified this as a Moderate walk: not always on paths, it may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear, waterproof clothing, and something to eat and drink. Duration 5 hours, distance 9 km.

MEETING POINT & ROUTE: At the main car park for Ravenscraig Castle / Ravenscraig Park, on the A955 east of Kirkcaldy town centre. From the end of the walk there is a regular bus service back to Kirkcaldy. Grid reference NT 292 925 | Nearest postcode: KY1 2TA | what3words:boost.these.saltRoute map.

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