Lower Largo is the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. From the Temple car park (a reference to the Knights Templar), the route follows the abandoned railway and coastline to Dumbarnie wildlife reserve, calcareous dunes noted for birds, butterflies and flowers. The high tide route passes through the reserve. The low tide route follows the beach, and the routes converge at the Cocklemill Burn Bridge and on to Shell Bay Caravan Park. The path climbs from Shell Bay to Kincraig Point. There are two routes. One leads to the “Chainwalk” and the other over the cliff. The path crosses the golf course and skirts Chapel Green, named for an 11th Century chapel used by pilgrims traveling to St Andrews. The path then reaches the villages of Earlsferry and Elie with its Blue Flag beach.

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