Global Adventure - Scotland - FCP/Fife Coastal Path

Scotland - FCP/Fife Coastal Path

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  • Fri, Aug 1, 2008 — Thu, Aug 14, 2008
  • Adults
Glasgow Airport
The Fife Coastal Path (FCP) is one of Scotland's newest long-distance routes, having officially opened in 2003. Fife, once an ancient Pictish kingdom, is a peninsula on the east coast of Scotland that separates the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay. These firths are spanned by large bridges; the FCP begins at the Forth Bridge and ends at the Tay Bridge. Fishing villages--with "crow-stepped" roofs, tea shops, marinas, twisting cobbled streets and friendly residents--are perched right on the edge of the North Sea, where they have been for centuries. The FCP makes its way from one village to the next, all along the Fife coastline. Coastal birds are plentiful. Castles dot the landscape and we will visit some of them. Near St. Monans we will even pass a windmill, a remnant of the strong Dutch influence in this area. The coastline consists of rocky headlands with excellent views as well as stretches of golden-sand beaches with fingers of knobby bedrock. For more information on the FCP, see Please contact the leaders (see below) if you have questions. DISTANCE AND MILEAGE: The FCP is 81 miles long. Distances each day will range from a half-day of 5 miles to some days of 12 to 14 miles of walking. The pace will be slow to moderate so we can take photographs, watch birds, and talk to others we meet. Although steep sections may be encountered occasionally, overall elevation gain is minimal as this is a sea-level walk. The trip is classified as easy/moderate. ACCOMMODATIONS: Our accommodations will be hotels right on the FCP. Most rooms are ensuite. Full Scottish breakfasts are always included. ITINERARY: We will leave Seattle on August 1 to meet at the Glasgow Airport on August 2 and travel by train to Fife. After a day to tour Edinburgh (optional), we will begin our trek on August 4. We will use local transportation to get to and from each day's walk. When we change to a new hotel, our baggage will be transported. We will walk with only day packs. As we walk and sightsee on the FCP, we will take a couple of layover days for side trips. The Fife Folk Museum, Kellie Castle, and the Isle of May are on the agenda. Our last day will take us through the wild Tentsmuir Forest with its vast sands and the Tentsmuir Point National Nature Reserve. The trip ends in St Andrews after breakfast on August 14. From there, participants are well placed for further explorations (make your own arragements), or may return to Glasgow on the train with trip leaders. REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport is required. Sponsored by the Seattle Branch Hiking Committee, the trip is open to all current Mountaineers. Participants must be physically able to handle the requirements of the trip. GROUP SIZE: Trip limit is a maximum of 12 Mountaineers. TRIP PRICE: $2400 per person, double occupancy. Included: lodging, ground transportation, some site admissions, all breakfasts, final dinner in St Andrews, guidebook and map, administrative costs, leader fee, and Mountaineers outing fee. NOT INCLUDED: Airfare ($1100-$1500 est), all lunches, beverages, 11 dinners ($200-$500 est.) and trip insurance (recommended; $130 to $275, depending on age). RESERVATIONS AND DEPOSIT: With leaders' approval, $2400 per person is due upon registration for the trip. If canceling, there will be an International Outing Administration fee of $100 plus any non-refundable expenses. Non-recoverable group expenses incurred due to cancellations will be borne by all participants. To reserve your space, you must contact the leader, Ann Marshall, 360-871-1862, email, or the assistant leader, Joan Watson, 425-774-7070, email
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