This route runs for 13 miles from the coast at Kirkcaldy to the centre of Fife, where it links with Route 1.
It heads up Dunniker Road from the north end of Kirkcaldy Promenade, and is then signed on-road, northwards through the town.
After heading straight over the roundabout on the Dunniker Way (B987), the route uses a quiet road by an industrial estate and then on a track that leads to a footbridge over the A92. It’s just over two miles on road (passing Glenrothes with Thornton railway station) to Thornton, where you join cycleway alongside the road to the outskirts of Glenrothes.
After a mile on road to the west of Glenrothes town centre, you reach Alburne Park. Here is the highlight of the route – the path follows the sweep of the old railway viaduct high over the valley of the River Leven and round to Markinch Station.
Once past the station, the route heads through the centre of Markinch, where there are shops and refreshments, and then onto rural roads for just under 4 miles to the road junction with Route 1 in the middle of Milldeans Wood. On the way, you pass through the village of Star. The name is apparently derived from the old Norse word for sedge grass that grows on boggy land - starr. There is no shop in the village, but the local pub serves food.
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.