We started our walk at Aberdour, a very pretty little village with its own (ruined) castle (Historic Scotland - open every day in summer), two excellent beaches and a beautifully kept station. From the village the path heads first to the smaller, rockier beach of Black Sands, then up to Hawkcraig Point. It's a car park now, but in the First World War it was used for hydrophone research. Around 4,000 navy personnel were trained in this tiny place - you can find out more about it at the fascinating Museum of Communication in Burntisland.
s, Macauley's - winner of the Central Scotland Fresh Produce Provider of the Year 2016, and stockist of lots of local produce.
The wonderful Burntisland Heritage Trust hosts an annual exhibition - this summer's will be focusing on Mary Sommerville (1780-1872), local resident, mathematician, astronomer and campaigner for women's suffrage. Sommerville College, Oxford, is named after Mary, and her face will appear on new plastic Scottish £10 notes later this year. The Trust also offers free heritage walks every Wednesday in July and August (more information on their website here).
is holding an Open Doors Weekend, with open studios and exhibitions of paintings, jewellery, poetry and artifacts, plus interesting stories of restoration, at the stations of Burntisland, Inverkeithing, North Queensferry, Ladybank, Cupar, Kinghorn and Aberdour. You can visit them all without the car - and if you buy a cheap day return ticket you can break your journey en route. More information here.
I love Edinburgh, but sometimes it's good to get away from the city. A day out across the water is a day well spent.