- Connor Beveridge
Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve
Updated: Jan 28, 2022
Just outside of Leuchars, Tentsmuir is a great accessible day out for all the family to enjoy nature and the outdoors, with there being a number of walks and trails to explore, a playpark (there is no equipment for kids in wheelchairs), a circuit for mountain bikes, facilities for BBQ's, a large greenspace with plenty of benches, and toilet facilities.
The BBC's Autumnwatch programme was recently recording live from Tentsmuir as they captured images of the local wildlife so it's worth keeping an eye out on your walk.
There are trails that lead through the sand dunes to the expansive beach where local seals make their home but the paths are not flat, wide or wheelchair accessible. It'll be at your discretion if you can manage.
Once you follow the road past Leuchars Primary School and through all the military homes, you'll find yourself on a narrow country road and you'll feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but don't worry and keep going.
There is a barrier as you get closer to the carpark and there is usually a charge of £2, but of the COVID-19 pandemic the charge has been waived and the barrier is fixed open. I am unsure how long this will last so it's worth having a couple of pound at hand just in case. I will keep you updated to any changes.
When you arrive you will see there is a large carpark with plenty of disabled bays. To the left of the carpark is the playpark, mountain bike circuit, and the main accessible walk. To the right is a large green space, perfect for picnic's or BBQ's, and past that is a toilet block with an accessible toilet.
I tend to follow the main accessible walk which is marked out by red ribbons on signposts. The trail eventually leads you to an old 'ice house'. Just before the 'ice house' there is a wooden shack on your left hand side, and on first impressions it doesn't look like much but on closer inspection it is actually an accessible toilet. Due to the pandemic it was locked so I could not take any pictures at the time of writing.
The trail continues past the 'ice house' and eventually onto Tayport. I have never been that far but if you wanted to it is 5.5k in total.
The surface of this specific path is quite good as you can see from the pictures. It can be a bit gravelly at points and there are a few potholes but in the whole it is flat, wide, and solid. An electric wheelchair or scooter is more than capable for it. If you use a walking you should be fine, just keep an eye out for potholes. Also, if you a require a bench to sit down every so often there aren't any until you reach the 'ice house'.
If you decide to keep on walking past the 'ice house' and towards Tayport the path remains in the same vain, however there a couple of inclines and declines.
The clip below follows the accessible route.