I went out recently on a mix of NCN 76, Fife Coastal path and NCN 75 an excellent ride of 35 miles which took me from Kirkcaldy on the north of the Firth of Forth to Newhaven on the south side. It was a gorgeous day and there was plenty other folks out taking advantage of this unseasonably hot weather.
The reason I had chosen to ride this route was that a booking had come in for SBT’s Bridging the Centuries tour and as it had been a while since I had done the whole route I thought I would have a wee ride along it to check for diversions etc.
My weapon of choice was my 29er although the route would be possible on a hybrid with wider tyres I like my Spec Hardrock and had not done a long run on it in a while.
Leaving Kirkcaldy I passed some seals playing on the rocks between Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn. Excuse the pic it was taken on my phone. You can just make out seals in the water to the right of the rocks.
The route between Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn is all off road and is part of the Fife Coastal Path well maintained and a good surface, there are some stairways to negotiate. When you reach Kinghorn you leave the path and hit the road into Burntisland where you can then rejoin the path by the beach.
After Burntisland is the lovely village of Aberdour with its sparkling beach and castle, which featured in Outlander, and some decisions to be made regarding route not difficult rather an easy route or a hard one with some hike-a-bike.
I then followed the FCP up the high street and along by the golf course and passed by the Braefoot Bay shipping terminal. The path continued by St Bridgets Kirk and into Dalgety Bay where the first view of the bridges is available. The path then continues to Inverkeithing and across the Forth Road Bridge. There was excellent view east and west once on the almost empty bridge.
After leaving the bridge you head through South Queensferry and under the Rail bridge into Cramond Estate where a carriage racing event was taking place.
The paths through the estate are well signed and in no time you are emerging at Cramond Brig and heading down by the River Almond to the village of Cramond. If the tide is out and the causeway in use a visit to Cramond Island is well worth some of your time.
The route now is flat and tarmac as far as Newhaven and Leith where I left the road and headed onto once of Edinburgh’s cycle paths.
Lunch in Princes Street finished off a great day of cycling and as the crow flied I was only about 15 miles from home.