Kirkcaldy known as the “Lang Toun” is the largest town in Fife with a population of about 40,000. Adam Smith, the father of modern economics and the author of “Wealth of Nations” was born here.  Gordon Brown, the current prime minister has lived here since he was three years old.
The esplanade stretches out along the front for roughly a mile – the path then heads up a steep hill to Ravenscraig Park.

Ravenscraig CastleJust before the park lie the ruins of Ravenscraig castle which occupies a strategic cliff point location with fine views over the Forth to Edinburgh and back along the coastal path. The castle was planned before 1460 for Mary of Gueldres, the wife of King James II. It was built to withstand artillery assaults on its walls and is made up of two D-shaped towers.

Further along the beach is a beehive shaped dovecote, used by the castle residents.  Follow the path next to the wall and go through the tunnel built into the sandstone and into Dysart.

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