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Tenstmuir Forest and Fife Coast

 

Follow The Forest Code
Follow The Forest Code
Tentsmuir and Eden Estuary are very special places. To ensure that everyone can enjoy this beautiful area we ask that you respect the wildlife and habitats found here.

Guard against all risk of fire.
Protect trees,plants and wildlife
Leave things as you find them, take nothing away
Keep dogs under control
Avoid damaging buildings,fences, hedges,walls and signs
Leave no litter

We all care about the beauty of Tentsmuir and the safety of wildlife. Please take your rubbish home - litter always ruins a good view and can harm or kill wildlife.
Tentsmuir Forest
Tentsmuir Forest
The open, mature pine forest with its towering trees is a great place to explore by bike or on foot. You can follow one of the waymarked trails, or plan a longer day out and take a circular route which links to Tayport Heath and Morton Lochs.

As well as being a working forest, the woodland provides an important habitat for a range of wildlife, including red squirrels and roe deer.

There is car parking at Tentsmuir car park (Kinshaldy road entrance), however the car park is locked overnight and the times of closure vary throughout the year. Check on entry. Please note automatic pay barrier fee is £2. Children’s play area, toilets and picnic areas are all located close to the car park.
Tayport Heath Sand Dunes
Tayport Heath Sand Dunes
Tayport Heath is located on the mouth of the Firth of Tay. From here a system of sand dunes stretches all the way along the shore to Tentsmuir Point, bounded by the River Tay on one side and fringed by the forest on the other. In recent years we have gradually been clearing the trees and scrub which had taken hold on this site to allow the dune heath to recover to its natural state. We have left small patches of alder, willow and birch as important habitats for butterflies and other insects.

This is a great place to look for wildlife and to take in the spectacular views across the Tay. Look for heather, wild rose and cross-leaved heath growing on the dune heath and keep an eye out for the many birds on the shore including oystercatchers, curlew, redshank and eider duck.
Fife Coastal Path
Fife Coastal Path
The Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north and stretches for 117 miles. The path is clearly waymarked and offers a range of walking experiences from the easy and level, to the wild and demanding. Whether done in bite sized chunks or as a long distance route there is definitely something for everyone.

From the cosmopolitan atmosphere of St. Andrews to the former coal mining towns of central Fife; from the small fishing villages of the East Neuk to the bustling industrial areas of the west, rugged cliffs, award winning beaches, internationally important estuaries and wildlife reserves, walking the Fife Coastal Path is an experience not to be missed!

Whether you are looking for peace and tranquillity or action and adventure the Fife Coastal Path can offer you this and much, much more.