Elie Chain Walk

The exciting Elie chain walk in the Kingdom of Fife

The Fife coastline is a stunning stretch of land to explore, with the Fife coastal walk and exceptional views. It caters for all abilities of walkers wanting to explore this special area. However, maybe you are looking for something a little more challenging sprinkled with some exhilaration and excitement? Then look no further! As this is one of the most exciting walks we have in Fife and let alone the UK! Here we are looking at one of Fife’s hidden gems, the Elie Chain Walk! We will provide links on this page to useful information if you plan to undertake this adventure. So, you can be fully prepared and know what to expect.

Secret coves and wild swimming pools

Back in the 1920s, a group of ambitious locals raised £100 and embarked upon creating this exciting and challenging trail. By fixing chains and posts to the volcanic rock faces (most commonly used on continental mountain ranges) the Elie chain walk was born. The trail chaperones you along a fascinating stretch of Fife coastline. Peppered with hidden coves, caves and pools, those of you who enjoy wild swimming can take a dip along the way. With eight chains to contemplate,  you will be guided along some of the most beautiful scenery in the most exhilarating manner. Here, there’s a useful step-by-step guide and walk report, to let you know what you are in for before embracing this adventure.

Before you start

Firstly it is important to note that this is not a walk, or should we say scramble, for the faint hearted. You must be fit and agile to navigate your way over the rugged landscape. It is not suitable for young children, but older kids and teenagers who are active will embrace this adventure with nothing but sheer excitement.

Another very important thing to factor in is the tides. At high tide, the route is immersed. To endeavour this route it is important you undertake it when the tide is out or going out. The latest you should set out is 2 hours before high tide. You can check tides here. Strong footwear with a good grip is important for navigating this terrain and you may want to consider wearing a helmet.

Getting there

Looking west to Kincraig Point from the beach near Elie Golf Course

To get to the chain walk you can park your car adjacent to the golf course. From here you will see a grassy track that runs alongside the golf course taking you to West Beach. When you get to the beach, take a right turn and head westward towards Kincraig point. This is where the chain walk starts. An obvious path guides you to the starting point. Here you will see the safety notice attached to the cliffside. And this is where all the fun begins… good luck! 

Get in touch

If you are planning your holidays in Fife and you are looking for somewhere to stay then get in touch with us today. We provide luxury self-catering accommodation in Fife close to St Andrew’s. We are in an ideal location to access an array of Fife walks including the chain walk. Explore our accommodation here or call us on 07840 801114.

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