Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside

A SHORE THING: Fife Provost Jim Leishman ' pictured launching the first ever official guide to the Fife Coastal Path ' shares Fifers' appreciation of the popular trail, describing it as 'a fantastic and beautiful part of the country'.
A SHORE THING: Fife Provost Jim Leishman ' pictured launching the first ever official guide to the Fife Coastal Path ' shares Fifers' appreciation of the popular trail, describing it as 'a fantastic and beautiful part of the country'.

Enjoying the delights of the Kingdom’s coastline and countryside is a highly important part of Fifers’ lives, new figures have revealed.

Fife Council’s latest Residents’ Survey gauged the opinions of over 1400 households the length and breadth of the region.

Participants were asked to rate the importance of access to local countryside, coastline and beaches when it comes to making Fife a great place to live, work and visit.

An overwhelming majority (more than eight out of ten) said it was ‘very important’ – the highest rating possible.

More than 99 per cent thought the quality of services providing such access in Fife was ‘about right’ while a similar number said they were either ‘very satisfied’ or ‘fairly satisfied’ with these services.

“We are delighted to receive this highly encouraging feedback,” said  Simon Phillips, business manager for Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, the region’s leading environmental charity responsible for managing and conserving Fife’s countryside, including the Fife Coastal Path.

“Thousands of visitors flock to Fife year-round to enjoy what the Kingdom has to offer and this research shows native Fifers also place huge importance on the wonderful outdoor experiences right on their doorsteps.

“It is important we recognise how important the coast and countryside is to Fife, not only from a health and wellbeing perspective but also for the positive economic benefits it brings to the Kingdom.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to improve what’s on offer and we hope new products like the Discover Fife leaflet and our new Costal Path guidebook will do just that.”

Fife Council Provost Jim Leishman added: “I have to agree with all the Fife residents who love our countryside and coast.

“I’ve walked the coastal path for many years and it’s an amazing part of the UK. As Fifers, we should be really proud that we’ve got such easy access to a fantastic and beautiful part of the country.”