Kincardine to Charlestown

Featuring historic towns and top nature-watching spots, this route has much to offer.

The route starts just to the east of the Kincardine Bridge and picks up the cycleway into Culross, a 17th-century town that’s well worth exploring. The route continues along the shore of the River Forth and past Preston Island and the ash lagoons. Preston Island was used to convert saltwater into salt for export. It has since been surrounded by ash lagoons and is a nature reserve. It can be explored on bike or foot.

After crossing a footbridge over the railway line, there’s a short section of urban road through Newmills and Low Torry, before you turn right onto a great stretch of track by Torry Bay – the wide beach offers excellent birdwatching opportunities.

There is a steep climb up to Crombie before a cycleway and a drop-down a rough road brings you to Charlestown. The original layout of the village is still visible in the form of the letters “CE”, after Charles Elgin. If you carry on along the shore road to Limekilns, by the harbour you will see the remains of the large lime kilns from which the village takes its name.

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We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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