Kingsbarns Beach

  • Beaches and Harbours

Cambo Sands PC St Andrews Fife KY16 8QD

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Resources

  • Disabled Parking
  • Footpaths
  • Parking Facilities - Free
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Public Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Parking Facilities - Free
  • Public Toilets

Accessibility

  • Disabled car parking spaces are available at the beach
 

This sandy beach stretches for 2 miles and is backed by extensive sand dune systems. It is an ideal area to relax and take in the beautiful coastal vistas.

 

If you wait quietly by a rock pool your patience will be rewarded as the inhabitants emerge from their hiding places among seaweed and stones.  These may include shore crabs and hermit crabs.  Prawns, jelly-like sea anemones, starfish and small fish like blennies also live in rock pools.  Then there are the slow moving limpets, periwinkles and dog whelks.  Rockpools certainly are busy places!

 

On the seashore you will see the many different shore birds which come to feed at the beach.  Gulls flying overhead, sea ducks like eider can be seen bobbing on the waves.  Then there are wading birds like oystercatcher and redshank.  You will see these birds running along the beach searching for worms and molluscs.

 

The Sand Dunes at the beach are very important.  They provide food and cover for the insects and small birds that live or visit the beach. Sand dunes stabilise the sand and prevent coastal erosion.  Many of Scotland’s most famous golf courses started out life as a pile of sand.  You can help to protect them by avoiding trampling over the delicate coastal vegetation. 

 

Kingsbarns has received the 2014 Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Award. Should you wish to find out more about Kingsbarns  and other Fife beaches go to www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal