- Connor Beveridge
Preston Island (Culross)
Updated: Jan 17, 2022
The historic town of Culross is on the shores of the Forth estuary and it has a very accessible walk along its seafront which loops around Preston Island and its Ash Lagoons.
There is a large carpark with disabled bays and the dropped kerbs give easy access to the path. Also, within the playpark at Culross (right next to the carpark) there is a toilet block with an 'accessible' toilet. You need a radar key to access it but I'd save yourself the bother getting the key out the car. It's one of the more inaccessible toilets I've seen. You can judge for yourself from the picture below (because of COVID I've been unable to take photos yet).
Instead I'd recommend going to a café called Bessies Cafe about 100 yards away which has a - still not great - more accessible toilet. If you decide to eat at the café I'd 100% recommend the French toast with bacon!
The initial stretch of path on the trail is a very good tarmac'd surface and there are great views looking out across the water. The trail then crosses an old disused railway and leads you onto a wide, dirty path which takes you on a good-sized walk round Preston Island.
The path then cuts inland and takes you back towards Culross.
This route is most suitable for either electric wheelchairs or scooters, and if use a walking stick please refer to the pictures so you can judge for yourself.
You are better waiting for a spell of fair weather until you visit in order to make sure the path round Preston Island is as accessible as it can be. The following video covers the route.