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Old pier at Hawkcraig Point, near Aberdour

Aberdour is a picturesque coastal village in Fife, Scotland.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Aberdour is a twenty minute drive North of Edinburgh over the Forth Bridge.

By train[edit]

Aberdour Station gardens

The village is also served by excellent bus/train links. Aberdour is on the "Fife Circle" train line from Edinburgh. Trains from Edinburgh take 30 minutes, and there are often 2 per hour.

On foot[edit]

Aberdour is on the Fife Coastal Path, and is about three miles from Burntisland, on a cinder path (suitable for cycles) which runs close to the railway line.

Get around[edit]

Aberdour can be walked around in a couple of hours - take the Fife Coastal Path from the train station to the idyllic Silver Sands beach, then proceed to head West towards the Black Sands beach and picturesque harbour. Cut up the steep Hawkcraig Road and you'll arrive in the historic and rustic heart of the village - with friendly pubs, restaurants and unusual boutique shops.


Aberdour Castle
Aberdour Castle plan
  • 1 Aberdour Castle. A fascinating, 12th-century castle which was granted by Robert the Bruce to his friend and nephew, Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray. It includes the beautiful and well-maintained castle gardens, as well as a spectacular beehive-shaped dovecot built at the end of the sixteenth century. Aberdour Castle on Wikipedia Aberdour Castle (Q2145629) on Wikidata
  • 2 The Silver Sands Beach. One of Scotland's seven Blue Flag awarded beaches, and is incredibly popular in summer time. For those after a bit of peace and quiet, the Black Sands Beach may be more to your tastes.
  • 3 Aberdour Railway Station. A beautifully kept and cared for example of a traditional station, and regularly wins the "Best Station and Gardens in Great Britain" award.
  • 4 Old School Sensory Garden. Garden on the site of the former primary school, created in 2010 and designed to stimulate all the senses.



Aberdour is well equipped for the hungry tourist/local. All of the village pubs and hotels have popular restaurants.

  • 1 Room With A View, Forth View Hotel, Hawkcraig Point, KY3 0TZ. W-Su. Very popular seafood restaurant - book to avoid disappointment! Mains around £15 for lunch, £20 for dinner.


For a village of its size, Aberdour has a huge amount of pubs per person (it's the Scottish way!). The pubs are all within 5 minutes walking distance of each other, and most are traditional Scottish establishments, with friendly locals and bar staff.


there are many local B&Bs and self-catering accommodation options.


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