Award for Kirkcaldy beach after makeover

Local councillors, FCCT members and other local representatives at one of new ramps unveiled at Seafield Beach. Pic: Steven Brown
Local councillors, FCCT members and other local representatives at one of new ramps unveiled at Seafield Beach. Pic: Steven Brown

A Kirkcaldy beach which was recently given a much-needed facelift has scooped a coveted accolade.

Seafield Beach is one of several shorelines across Fife to have been honoured in the Scottish Seaside Awards.

And the prize comes after improvements were completed on Monday at the town beauty spot.

The works included improved parking and landscaping along with the installation of access steps and ramps to Seafield Beach. These were designed and delivered by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) thanks to funding from Fife Council.

Despite Seafield holding seaside award beach status for a number of years, the access road and parking had fallen into a poor state of repair and these much needed works have given the area a makeover just in time for the arrival of summer.

Amanda McFarlane, chief executive of FCCT, said: “Thanks to funding from Fife Council, we have been able to make a whole range of improvements to the site including better parking, improved access to the beach and the planting of a wildflower meadow.

“We hope that Kirkcaldy residents and visitors to the area will like what we have done and that the beach will be a great place for people to visit for many years to come.”

She added: “Over the coming months we hope to begin work on an exciting project to improve the beach at Pathhead Sands thanks to funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.”

Other local beaches which also scooped a Scottish Seaside Award included: Aberdour Silver Sands, Aberdour Black Sands, Kinghorn Harbour, Burntisland and Kinghorn Pettycur Bay.

The accolade means locals using the beaches can be assured of the highest possible water quality and excellent facilities; including the presence of water safety staff, first aid, litter management, and access for the disabled.

The Scottish Seaside Awards have been used as a quality mark for Scotland’s beaches for the past 22 years.

Kay Morrison, deputy provost, said: “To have so many awards is a fantastic achievement for all concerned and reflects the hard work and commitment of the Council, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and communities throughout Fife.”