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Kinkell Braes

A line of cliffs in the coast of NE Fife, Kinkell Braes lie a mile (1.8 km) southeast of St Andrews. Overlooked by St Andrews Holiday Park and with the Castle Golf Course lying to the southeast, this area is best known for its remarkably geology, exposed on the foreshore. The rocks are of Carboniferous and Permian age, and represent a sequence of fossiliferous sediments, deposited in river deltas with occasional marine incursions, which have been folded into synclines, anticlines and domes, and penetrated by a volcanic vent. There are also two levels of raised beach, with a relict sea-stacks (including Maiden Rock and the Rock and Spindle) and a wave-cut platform. The area came to prominence in 1867, when Archibald Geikie (1835 - 1924) led a group of geologists including Sir Roderick Murchison (1792 - 1871) and Sir Charles Lyell (1797 - 1875) along the shore.

The Fife Coastal Path now passes by.


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