Leuchars is one of the busiest air defence bases in the UK and the RAF’s Tornadoes are ready to fly at 10 minutes notice 24 hours a day. On a busy day it can feel that the aircraft and landing and taking off and landing almost constantly and the noise can be deafening as the Tornadoes use the runway that backs onto the village.


Leuchars itself is a small village but it has one significant landmark;   the 12thCentury St Athernase Norman church. This church is one of the finest examples of a Norman church in the UK. It was built in 1187 by the crusader Robert de Quinci and was dedicated to the Saint in 1244.
From the church go east out of the village and either head for the south end of the Tentsmuir sands by way of the path that runs through the Reres Wood, or alternatively follow the Sustrans Cycle route a little further north. This will eventually bring you out at Kinshaldy car park. There are toilet and picnicking facilities here. 

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