Tayport and Tentsmuir

Walks and Cycling

The Tayport Heritage Trail takes you around the highlights of Tayport’s history.

PLANT, the community gardening group, have an audio tour around Tayport.

The Fife Coastal Path goes right past the campsite, as does the the northern section of the Coast and Castles route and National Cycle Route 1.

Tentsmuir Forest contains many trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. The terrain is generally fairly level, and the coastal boundary comprises dunes and a large sandy beach, which stretches 4 miles from Tentsmuir Point to the mouth of the River Eden.

The main tracks are wide and with a surface of either gravel or sand and grass, and in the unlikely even of forestry operations are vehicle free. There are narrower cyclable tracks as well as narrow footpaths throughout the forest.

Interesting locations are the Ice House and the Polish Army Camp.

The main centre for the forest is at Kinshaldy, which is the easiest access point for the beach. There is a large car park, childrens play area and café/creperie.

Larick Campsite - History and Culture - tentsmuir bike 2
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Larick Campsite - History and Culture - tentsmuir walk 1
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Community Garden

The community garden is a 10 minute walk from the campsite. During the season fresh organic produce is sold at their stall in the garden

Sports

Across the road from the campsite is Scotscraig Golf Club. It is the world’s 13th oldest club and has hosted Final Qualifying for The Open Championship.

Tayport Tennis Club and Scotscraig Bowling Club both welcome visitors.

For football fans Tayport Football Club ground is adjacent to the campsite.

Nature Lovers

Larick Campsite - Nature Lovers - Dolphin
Larick Campsite - Nature Lovers - Roe Deer
Larick Campsite - Nature Lovers - Seal pup
Iconic Scottish wild animals

The adjacent Tentsmuir Forest includes Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve. This has three parts, Tentsmuir Point, Tayport Heath and Morton Lochs. Tentsmuir Point is a shifting dune system and home to colonies of Common and Grey Seals. Tayport Heath, along the shore between the campsite and Tenstmuir Point is an excellent spot for seeing sea and shore birds on the mud flats.

Dolphins can be seen in the Tay, seals at Tentsmuir Point, and red squirrels at Morton Lochs. Otters and deer also live in the forest, while Ospreys and Sea Eagles can be seen hunting. There are bird watching hides at Morton Lochs, about half an hour’s walk from the campsite.

On the way to St Andrews is the Eden Estuary Nature Reseve, an area of intertidal mud and sand flats with a huge variety of bird life. Further afield is the Isle of May. This is a national nature reserve in the Firth of Forth, and reached by boat from Anstruther, which is 20 miles from Tayport. It is famous for Puffins and Seals.

Heritage & Culture

Dundee

Jam, Jute and Journalism were once synonymous with Dundee, Scotland’s fourth largest city and a 20 minute bus ride away. Only journalism is left of its former industries, however Dundee is now the UK’s first and only UNESCO City of Design.

As one might expect it has a large number of cultural, heritage, scientific and leisure attractions. In and around the city centre there are the V&A Dundee Museum of Design; Dundee Contemprary Arts centre, with gallery, cinema, bar and restaurant; the McManus Art Gallery and Museum; Discovery Point, home of Captain Scott’s polar exploration ship RRS Discovery; HMS Unicorn, the most original old ship in the world and Scotland’s only warship from the age of sail; Verdant Works Jute Museum with working original machinery; Dundee Science Centre; Mills Observatory; D’Arcy Thomson Zoology Museum; Dundee Botanic Garden; Dundee Transport Museum; the Rep Theatre; Whitehall Theatre; Caird Hall; and the Olympia Pool and Leisure Centre. Further out are Camperdown Wildlife Centre and Broughty Ferry Castle museum.

The high point of Dundee is, literally, Dundee Law. At 176m, it is the highest point in Dundee with spectacular views over the city and surrounding countryside; ranging from Fife, over the Estuary to the Perthshire hills in the far distance. You may be lucky and visit on a day when there is a coastal haar and see the Lomond Hills in Fife peeping above the cloud.

There are also many walks and cycle routes around Dundee.

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St Andrews

St Andrews is known as the Home of Golf, and is home to St Andrews University, which is Scotland’s oldest university and third oldest in the English speaking world. Befitting such an ancient university town there are many fine medieval buildings. Of note are St Salvator’s Chapel, St Rules Tower and the Cathedral, and the Castle. For those who prefer the sea, there are the West Sands, a long wide beach next to the Old Course, rock pools below the cliffs and the old harbour.

There are also several museums and attractions. In particular, St Andrews Museum, British Golf Museum, St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum, The Univerity of St Andrews Museums, St Andrews Botanic Garden, St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Castle, and St Andrews Aquarium.