80 pages, 100 colour photos, colour maps
The Fife Coastal Path runs around the coastline of eastern Scotland for 117 miles (187 km) from Kincardine on the Forth to Newburgh on the Tay. Starting west of the magnificent Forth bridges, the route heads through former mining towns towards the villages of Fife's East Neuk (corner), with their rich tradition of smuggling and fishing. After rounding Fife Ness, the route follows the coastline north-east through St Andrews, golf capital of the world and former religious centre of Scotland. Fife has long played an important part in Scottish history and the route passes many castles, towers and churches. There are splendid views along the coast and over the Firths of Forth and Tay, with great chances to sight seabirds, seals and dolphins. The villages have welcoming pubs, famous fish-and-chip shops and good B&Bs. Transport by train and bus makes for easy access throughout.The guidebook contains everything you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on foot, or on a bike where cycling is appropriate - details of each section showing distance, side-trips and food/drink stops; background on history, landscapes and wildlife; planning information for travel by bus, train, car and plane; lavishly illustrated, with 100 colour photographs; and detailed mapping of the entire route at 1:45,000. The book is in rucksack-friendly format, rugged and printed on rainproof paper.
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A dedicated lifelong walker, Sandra Bardwell worked in Melbourne, Australia, as an archivist and historian, and movedto Scotland in 1989. In recent years she has written guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Sunflower Books and Rucksack Readers.
Jacquetta Megarry is a professional author turned publisher. In 2000 she devised the weatherproof Rucksack Readers format after discovering the joys of long-distance walking. She has since written or co-authored 16 guidebooks in the series.