Fife coastal path twinning could bring Swede tourism rewards

Mon 16 May 16

The operators of the Fife Coastal Path are now building bridges internationally after twinning the popular attraction with a trail in Sweden.

The Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) hope that raising the profile of the hugely popular walkway will attract even more foreign visitors to the kingdom's coastline.

It is hoped that the link-up with the Skaneleden Trail will work in a similar way to twin town arrangements already in place throughout Fife.

Valerie Telfer, business support manager at the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, said: "We are delighted to have developed such a good relationship with the team in Sweden and look forward to welcoming Swedish visitors to Fife.

"From the vast array of nature surrounding the paths, the beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, to the welcoming facilities along both paths, there is a great opportunity for path users in Sweden to perhaps explore another fabulous coastal experience in Fife and vice versa."

Though dwarfed in size by its Swedish counterpart, there are many similarities between the Fife Coastal Path and its "twin", with both known to draw huge numbers of visitors.

Stretching for 117 miles from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north, the Fife Coastal Path offers walkers the opportunity to explore the most visited outdoor region in the country.

Meanwhile, the Skaneleden Trail, at more than 600 miles long promises trekkers some of the most picturesque views in Sweden.

Located in Skane, in the south of the country, the huge path is home to camp sites and divided in to 89 separate sections.

However, with 14 award-winning beaches to be seen in Fife, the FCCT has emphasised that there is plenty to attract visitors to Scottish shores as well.

Mrs Telfer added: "The Fife Coastal Path is one of the most frequently visited sites we look after, and after seeing and hearing more about the Skaneleden Trail it is clear that, while there are many differences between the two, there are even more similarities."

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