Burntisland Links

Burntisland is a fairly typical coastal resort on the Forth. The town dates back to at least the time of Roman occupancy and the Roman commander, Agricola, set up camp on Dunearn Hill, probably attracted there by the natural harbour. 1541 a Royal Charter was granted by James V to form a burgh and utilise the harbour as a naval port.

The route of the Fife CoBurntisland Leisure Centreastal Path follows the road along the High Street and then turn right at the end of the road towards the leisure centre with its distinctive green exterior water slide. The route then follows the main road A921 out of Burntisland. Although a preferebale route to take is alont the vast expanse of sands at Burntisland. Although obviously that option may not be available if the tide is too far in..In 1286, on the hill between Kinghorn and Burntisland, King Alexander III was riding to visit the queen at Kinghorn when his horse lost its footing in the dark and the king fell to his death.  After Alexander's death, his realm was plunged into a period of darkness that would eventually lead to war with EnglBurntisland monumentand. There is a monument marking the spot where he fell.


If the tide is out at Burntisland then an alternative route is to walk along the extensive sands that lie between Burntisland and Pettycur.  The hill above the beach is almost all taken up with static holiday homes and caravans which make up the Pettycur Leisure Park. If the tide is very low it is possible to go all the way out to the Black Rocks which lie offshore. The area is home to lugworms which leave their familiar casts above the sand and you will also find plenty of empty cockle shells lying on the surface.  Look out for hermit crabs, prawns and sea anemones in the rock pools if you venture out. If you do venture out make sure that you are aware of the changing tides as it is a long way back to shore.

Birds such as Oystercatchers, Redshank, and Bar-Tailed Godwit regularly feed on the small creatures of the inter-tidal area. These birds are equipped with long beaks with which they probe into the sand to get at the worms or small shellfish on which they feed. These birds are mainly here during the autumn, winter and spring, but some are present all year round.

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