Skip to main content

BBC ALBA explores the fascinating history, geology and beauty of the Fife Coastal Path and uncovers Fife’s Gaelic connections.

Iagan has long dreamed of exploring this beautiful, historic and incredibly diverse part of Scotland and uncover its Gaelic connections.

The journey takes him to industrial sites old and new, the picturesque fishing towns of the East Neuk, home of golf, St Andrews, nature reserves and miles of beautiful beaches.

Iagan says: 'The Fife Coastal Path is a treasure trove of fascinating history, interesting culture, generous people and beautiful scenery. Every step of the path showcases the very best of the kingdom and it was great to experience it for myself and to hear the accounts of Fife’s past, present and future.

Following the path was the ideal way to learn of Fife’s contribution to the world from lime kilns, linoleum and golf to reinvigorated industries such as whisky distilling and salt production which will help to sustain these coastal communities.

I particularly enjoyed learning about Fife’s fishing heritage and seeing the beautiful harbours along the coastline, each with its own unique character and history.

This walk taught me about Fife’s deep connections with Gaelic. It was fascinating to learn that the language I’ve spoken since birth has enduring connections, many miles from where I grew up.'

The series is currently on BBC Alba at 8.30pm on Mondays and Fridays and on the BBC iPlayer.

Find out more about the Fife Coastal Path from Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and Welcome to Fife.