Kinghorn to Burntisland – Section 11 | Day 6

The row from Kinghorn to Burntisland is a short one, just 2.5 miles.

Just past Kinghorn Bay lies Carlin Head and Kinghorn Ness, often a passage of choppy water where Yolande starts to turn west. The coast here is now built up, but was heavily fortified in the first and second World Wars. Pettycur Harbour was the ferry pier which operated till the opening of the railway in 1847. By the 1820’s steamboats operated a regular service from Leith and two stage coaches ran daily to Cupar and Ferry Port on Tay.

From here we can see Burntisland, Inchcolm and the Bridges spanning the Queensferry narrows. It’s a beautiful place to be on a calm, summer’s evening, especially when the dolphins are about.

Approaching Burntisland, however, is not without it’s hazards. The sand at low tide extends beyond the Black Rock and you may have to pass quite a bit further to gain entrance to the bay. When the sands are covered, it’s tempting to make a bee line, inward of the rock, but this is dangerous. The water is shallow and littered with the stumps of anti-glider poles erected during WW2. Burntisland Bay is sheltered from the west by the arm of the Lammerlaws, but tends to be shallow and muddy. High tide, however, will take you up to the promenade, good sand and if you’re lucky, ice cream.

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