St Andrews to Strathkinness

Route Details

  • Start/finish: St Andrews Cathedral
  • Distance: 12 miles
  • Time needed: 1.5 to 3 hours
  • Classification: Easy
  • Traffic: Mixed
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 1
  • Cycle hire: Spokes Cycles, St Andrews
  • Access: Nearest train station at Leuchars

Route Description

Start at the old cathedral ruin at the east end of St Andrews and cycle down South Street. You'll need to dismount at the Westport Gate (the road is one way through the gate), After passing through the gate, go straight over the mini-roundabout to join the B939, signposted to Strathkinness. Look for the Route 1 signs.

After about 1 mile, take the right hand fork signposted to Strathkinness. The road climbs gently, giving great views across the rolling Fife farmlands. In Strathkinness, turn right at the crossroads and down the hill until you meet the A92. Take care crossing the A92 and join the cycle path on the north side of the road. You can take a detour to Guardbridge at this point (where you will find the Eden Estuary nature reserve and birdwatching hide) – turn left and proceed west along the cycle path for half a mile to reach Guardbridge.

To head back to St Andrews, turn right and head east along the cycle path for 3 miles, until you pass the Old Course on your left and re-enter St Andrews. Follow the cycle signs, which will take you along the quiet back road (The Scores) near the shore and past the Castle, until you are back at the east end of the town, where you will see the cathedral ruin.

Things to see and do

Natural attractions:

  • Fife to Tay Estuary
  • Strathkinness Birdlife
  • Eden Estuary
  • Guardbridge Woodland

Visitor attractions:

  • St Andrews town centre
  • St Andrews Cathedral ruin
  • St Andrews Castle
  • Eden Estuary Centre at Guardbridge
  • Strathkinness
  • Kemback Village
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This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.


Starting in the ancient university town of St Andrews, the route follows National Route 1 on minor roads through rolling Fife countryside to the village of Strathkinness, before returning to St Andrews on traffic-free cycle path.

12 miles