Carlingnose Point – NT135 809 O.S. Sheet 65

Part of the Fife Coastal Path between North Queensferry and Inverkeithing. Supposedly named by Norse sailors, given its physical resemblance to an old witch’s nose.

The carlin caught her by the rump, And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.

For a small area, it has clearly always been a site of fortification and strategic importance given its extensive outlook over the Forth. Evidence of anti-aircraft defences still exist and the silent dolorite stacks show the extent of quarrying in the 1800s to help build the bases of the Forth Rail Bridge. The area is now a SSSI designated site and given its relatively small size supports a diverse range of habitat and plant life.

Field Gentian

Bloody Cranesbill

Lesser Meadow-Rue


Bell Heather


Burnet Saxifrage

Hairy Rockcress



Calcareous Grassland




Song Thrush



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