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Kirkcaldy Seafield

Kirkcaldy Seafield


Seafield beach is located to the South of Kirkcaldy over looking the Firth of Forth. It is a sandy beach with rock pools. For a real walk on the wild side you can watch seals basking in the sun from the Fife Coastal path just ten minutes walk south of Seafield, listen to the seabirds as they soar above the waves and smell the fresh sea air and feel the real sense of freedom. An electric sign displaying real-time bathing water quality predictions is available at this beach between 1 June - 15 September. You can find out the daily prediction by visiting the SEPA website.


The name Kirkcaldy means "place of the hard fort", or "place of Caled's fort". It is derived from the Pictish caer meaning "fort", caled, which is Pictish "hard" .

Kirkcaldy harbour was acknowledged for having "a sheltered cove round the East Burn", thus giving easy accessibility for boats. By the early 16th century the vessels of the harbour had begun to engage in trade with the Baltic; later dealing with the import of grain in 1618 and continental beer in 1625. The town became a home for leather making; a brick and tile works; a spinning cotton mill and the first power spinning mill and linen factories in Fife.

As Kirkcaldy entered into the 19th century, the arrival of the Kirkcaldy and District Railway, later to become part of the North British Railway, saw the town develop into the industrial heart of Fife—reviving the use of Kirkcaldy port. 

Natural Space

This beach is a good place to get away from it all. The Fife Coastal Path is about 10 minute walk from the beach and is a good place to go wildlife-watching. Look out for seals draped over the rocks as well as a wide variety of birds. There are also views over the Firth of Forth. There is a large area of managed grassland for picnics and play. 


Seafield Beach is to be found South of Kirkcaldy, about 1 hour's drive north of Edinburgh. The beach at Seafield is mainly sandy, with rocks jutting into the sea and some good rock pools. There is a possibility of jellyfish here during the summer months.

Getting There

A quiet area located at the South of Kirkcaldy that is on a regular bus route (No. 7 bus from Kirkcaldy bus station stance13).  Kirkcaldy also has a train station which is only a 2 minute walk from the bus station.  For further information on bus times please call 0871 200 2233.

If travelling by foot, bike or car from the town centre travel south on the A921 (along the sea front), after Morrisons turn left (to continue on the A921) and then left again into Seafield Road. The beach and car park are located at the end of this road.


This beach is a designated bathing water site. An electric sign displaying real-time bathing water quality predictions is available at this beach between 1 June - 15 September. You can also find out the daily prediction by visiting the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so. 

Contact Details

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust
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