Carlingnose Point

Carlingnose Point is an attractive, species-rich grassland that supports rare plant species, including dropwort and field gentian. The dense gorse scrub provides nesting sites for finches and warblers, and fulmars can be spotted circling the quarry cliffs.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Field gentian and dropwort
  • Common terns
  • Lesser whitethroat

Best time to visit?

  • Spring and autumn for migrant birds
  • Summer for breeding birds

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • coasts
  • geology
  • scenery

Other information

The reserve is a good vantage point for watching wildlife on the Firth of Forth.

The Fife Coastal Path runs through this reserve.

For more local reserve information, visit the Fife Local Group’s website.


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How to get there


North Queensferry can be accessed from the A90, taking the first junction north of the Forth Road Bridge. The reserve is on the east side of the town, on the coast.

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Getting onto the reserve

Walk along the well-signed Fife Coastal Path either from the east or west of North Queensferry. There is a small car park at the end of Carlingnose Way.

Access restrictions

Take care on the cliff edges and beware of loose material on the quarry faces.

Nearest town
North Queensferry (0 mi / 0 km)
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About Carlingnose Point

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Pepper Wood

Local group
Fife and Kinross

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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