This pleasant beach is located to the east of Burntisland overlooking the Firth of Forth. The natural features of a sandy beach with rock pools are enhanced by a modern leisure centre, seaside park, crazy golf course, bouncy castles, picnic tables and an annual summer fairground. An excellent destination for families, offering plenty of history and exciting places to visit close. Lifeguards patrol the beach during the peak summer season.
The area surrounding Burntisland reveals early human settlement. There have been carvings in the rocks on the hills around the village that date back 4000 years. The village used to be part of Kinghorn and was used as a fishing hamlet. In the 1500s the settlement gained independence and was called Burntisland, probably named after the burning of the old fisherman’s huts.
St Columba’s church is unique in design and attracts visitors to the area. It was the first parish churches built after the Reformation. The design is so that a maximum number of people can see and hear the minister during a service.
Not uncommon to coastal towns, Burntisland was known as a shipbuilding industrial town. It was particularly important for docking herring and coal.
The village is very pretty and has a hill as a backdrop. The hill surrounding the village is named The Binn and is a volcanic plug. There is also an old golf course nearby adding to the green surroundings.
The railway line follows the beachline, immediately behind that there is green parks. The area is friendly and open. At the south end of the beach there is a leisure centre with car park and amenities.Burntisland is 6miles (10km) to Kirkcaldy and only 12.5miles (20km) to the Forth Road Bridge. It is also on the main Aberdeen - Edinburgh train line.
Access to Burntisland is via the A921 by car/bus. The beach is 10 minutes walk from the train station.
Please note, lifeguard provision may be limited. Please check safety notices before entering the water.
Water quality information
This beach is a designated bathing water site. Further information about water quality at this site can be found on the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so.
Contact detailsFife Coast and Countryside Trust