Boost for Fife Coastal Path as new footbridge opens at Aberdour

Left to right: Ciaran Hoggan (Realm Construction), Kane Lockhart (Realm Construction), Michael Anderson (Fife Council), Kai Laing (Realm Construction), Thomas McGregor (Fife Council), Jakub Witkowski (Fife Council), Cllr Dave Dempsey (elected member), Roy Marrian (Aberdour Residents Association), Cllr Patrick Browne (elected member), Tom Marshall (Aberdour Residents Association), Iain Fleming (community council chair), Joan Dryburgh (community council), Pauline Norman (community council). Photo: Fife Council

Fife Council in Scotland has completed construction of a new Aberdour Harbour footbridge, restoring a vital link in Fife’s coastal path.

The original bridge was damaged beyond repair after storms and flooding in August 2020. The construction works, which took three months to complete, were delivered to programme and budget with a final construction cost of £285,000.

Work on the bridge was planned to make sure the new bridge was in place in time to allow the local Donkey Brae race to go ahead on July 30, 2023.

Completion of the new bridge was welcomed by Aberdour Community Council, Aberdour Residents Association and local councillors.

Fife Council’s spokesperson for finance, economy and strategic planning Cllr Altany Craik said: “The replacement bridge will bring many benefits to the local and wider community, as well as reinstating this scenic coastal path link.

“I’d like to thank the local community for their patience during the works and trust that the new footbridge will help further enhance the area. It’s excellent to see the reinstatement of the Dour Burn Bridge in advance of the Donkey Brae Run. The contractor, Realm Construction has done an outstanding job and I’m really excited to see locals enjoying this coastal link once again.”

The Fife Coastal Path runs from Kincardine to Newburgh and is broken down into eight sections. The entire trail of 116 miles (187 km), can be walked in eight to 10 days. Aberdour is part way through the second section of the trail from Limekilns to Burntisland.

Aberdour, Fife. Photo: Jim Cornall