Dumbarnie Links

Lime-rich dune grassland is an increasingly rare habitat on the east of Scotland. Such conditions make Dumbarnie Links an important habitat for rare plants and invertebrates. Nearly 2,000 species, including 1,200 insects and a wide variety of shore and sea birds, have been recorded here.

The Fife Coastal Path passes through the reserve.

For more local reserve information, visit the Fife Members' Centre website.

Small heath © T Norman Tait

Why visit?

  • Rare plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Offshore seabirds

Best time to visit?

  • Spring and summer for flowers
  • Summer for butterflies
  • All year round for birds

Visit for:

  • Butterflies
  • Scenery
  • Geology
  • Coasts
  • Wildflowers
  • Grasslands
  • Birdwatching


From Leven, take the A915 east along the coast to Lower Largo. There is a car park at the east end of Lower Largo.

Getting onto the reserve

From the car park, follow the Fife Coastal Path east along the edge of Largo Bay for about a mile until you reach the reserve.

Getting round this reserve

Dogs must be kept under close control at all times.


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