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Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve

North Queensferry

Wildlife on the Firth of Forth

A short walk east from North Queensferry will bring you to the delightful Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve. Simply follow the well-signed Fife Coastal Path.

It is thought that the name Carlingnose means ‘old woman’s nose’ although the likeness is not obvious! The site was used as an observation point, gun location and submarine mining station during the First World War. Remains of the Gov'y Pier which was used to transport the submarine mines across the North Sea can still be seen.

Managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, this is a great place for watching wildlife on the Firth of Forth. The rocky headland is rich in biodiversity and the upper grassland supports rare plant species such as dropwort and field gentian. The gorse scrub provides nesting sites for finches and warblers.

From April to September, birdwatchers will enjoy spotting Arctic Tern, Common Tern (also known as Sea Swallows) and Lesser Whitethroat. The occasional harbour seals and fulmars can be seen all year round.

With fantastic views of the bridges, the Carlingnose Nature Reserve is a great place for a family walk with a flask of coffee and a picnic.

If you want to venture further around the coast, you’ll soon come to the sandy bay of Port Laing - a nice spot for a paddle or even a wee dook.

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Visiting Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve

Useful information
  • Follow signs to the Fife Coastal Path. The nature reserve is not signposted
  • The walk is 15-20 minutes along a well-used path with some uphill and downhill stretches. The path is well maintained with occasional rocky sections. It is not suitable for wheelchair access
  • There is a small car park at the end of Carlingnose Way
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