- Connor Beveridge
Updated: Jan 17, 2022
Located in Dysart - a town that is now part of Kirkcaldy - is a good council-run park. Ravenscraig can give you a bit of everything; a big grassy area and 2 playparks for kids to enjoy themselves, walks in the woods, views looking out over the Forth estuary, and access to it's own beach.
Ravenscraig is a favourite of my dog!
To begin with there is a good-sized car park with 4 disabled bays. I've been to this park at lots of different times during the day, and although the car park can get busy - especially during school holidays - I have never not been able to get a parking space.
There are a number of different routes you can take for your walk. The most obvious is the path that circulates the big grassy area and play parks. This path is suitable for most needs.. it is wide, mostly flat, tarmac, and it has plenty benches at frequent intervals along it. Once you enter the wooded area there are a number of different paths you can divert to which will eventually take you down to the beach area.
I will ask you to refer to the pictures and judge for yourself whether you think it will be suitable for yourself. I believe I use the most accessible path when I go down to the beach area but it is still quite uneven at parts, especially if we have had any rain. The path is made up of small red gravel stones, and due to the steep descent to the beach it can be quite slippery and skiddy.
If you want to go to the beach but the path is unsuitable for you.. there is another option. You'll need to take the car down to Dysart harbour and you can reach it from there via a flat path. Although flat, it is cobblestones round the harbour, I know this is another barrier for people with mobility difficulties and it is so frustrating. If you choose to come down to Dysart harbour, there is ample parking in the carpark and there's an accessible toilet in the Harbourmaster's House - which is run by the local coast & countryside trust.
Back to Ravenscraig park, if you've chosen to take the path down to the beach remember you have to get back up! No matter what route you take back up, all the paths are much the same.. uneven and unstable. But if you are able then there are plenty of nice views to be had and some benches to catch a breath on. You will eventually join back onto the big path I initially told you about.
There are toilets in a building at the entrance of the park. They are run by the council so are only open certain hours. There is no accessible toilet.
I'd recommend Ravenscraig park. The paths down to the beach won't be suitable for everyone but there is a way round that by going to Dysart harbour.
Sadly there is no accessible toilet or things for children in wheelchairs to play on at the playparks.
Below is an image of the 2.5Km route which I believe is accessible for electric wheelchairs and scooters. The following video shows the route.