Kilminning Coast

This stretch of coastline has species-rich grassland, salt marsh and coastal scrub where rare grassland and wetland plants grow, including purple milk vetch and northern marsh orchid. The scrub provides nesting sites for whitethroats, stonechats and linnets. 

Seabirds, such as shag, eider, cormorant and guillemot can be seen and dolphins may be spotted offshore.

The Fife Coastal Path runs through this reserve.

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

Bluebell © Ida Maspero

Why visit?

  • Spectacular wildflower meadows
  • Breeding birds
  • Offshore seabirds
  • Migrant birds

Best time to visit?

  • May or Sep for migrant birds
  • Summer for wildflowers
  • Summer for seabirds & dolphins

Visit for:

  • Archaeology
  • Scenery
  • Coasts
  • Wildflowers
  • Grasslands
  • Birdwatching


Kilminning Coast is situated in north east Fife, 1.25 miles to the north east of the village of Crail. Follow the unclassified road from the village towards the golf course, then turn right into the car park just before Balcomie Castle.

Getting onto the reserve

Go through the kissing gate and follow the Fife Coastal Path north through the reserve.

Getting round this reserve

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times due to the presence of livestock.


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