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Largo Bay is an area on the southern coast of Fife, in the Firth of Forth past which a sailor would venture into the North Sea. It's has a rather long coastline extending from Buckhaven and Methil in the west to Kincraig Point in the east. The area is known for large numbers of wintering species of sea ducks, grebes, and divers. [3] [2]

It's another addition to an already noteworthy birding area with Kilconquhar Loch about 2 miles/3.2 km to the east of the bay.


Notable Species

Large numbers of seaducks, grebes, and divers have been found here. Potential species could include Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Greater Scaup, and Long-tailed Duck. Relatively high numbers of Red-necked Grebe have been known to be sighted also.

Bird Forum members have made trips here in previous years. Read their accounts, and the discussions surrounding them, from 2017[1], 2006[2], and 2004[3] at the indicated links to the actual discussions. There is nothing like a first hand account.


While, as of 9 November 2020 no species have been seen to be recorded as rare, some of the species less commonly seen could be the Common Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Common Murre, Great Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, Redwing, and Reed Bunting.


Birds you can see here include:

Eurasian Oystercatcher, Red Knot, Common Redshank, Common Scoter, Common Ringed Plover, Pink-footed Goose, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, Eurasian Curlew, Sanderling, Eurasian Wigeon, Bar-tailed Godwit, Great Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Common Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Herring Gull, Northern Gannet

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

The area has been known by a few different names over time to include Nether Largo, Seatown of Largo, and Largow Burnemouth.

There was a settlement here by 1500 with a pier built in 1827. The mid 1800s saw a ferry to Newhaven.

Fishing oriented pursuits became part of the scenery with a factory making fishing nets located in the area. [4]

In 1944, the village's name was given to the newly launched Royal Navy Frigate HMS Largo Bay.[2]

Areas of Interest

There are three main areas to view birds, according to those with experience with this location. From west to east, they are:

Leven – Easily accessed near the mouth of the River Leven with an easy walk from there.

Lower Largo – This area has views over the middle portion of the bay and sometimes has Purple Sandpiper sightings among the outcrops.

Ruddon's Point – From here, a visitor can have views of the eastern part of the bay.[3]

Nearby Sites of Interest

Kilconquhar Loch

Kilconquhar Loch is a freshwater loch, approximately 2 miles/3 km east, with an ongoing birding presence, near a town by that same name in the Fife area.

The pronunciation of Kilconquhar is not what one might think, based upon the spelling of it, but correctly pronounced is, instead, Kin-nuchar.

Access and Facilities

Contacted a trusted travel professional for specific, up-to-date information regarding travel to this destination.

Contact Details

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  1. eBird Largo Bay, Fife County, Scotland - https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1880264
  2. Gazetteer For Scotland - https://www.scottish-places.info/features/featurefirst4118.html
  3. Bird Forum Member Observations
  4. Undiscovered Scotland - https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/largo/lowerlargo/index.html

Recommended Citation

External Links

  1. Largo Bay related thread - Bird Forum 2017
  2. Largo Bay related thread – Bird Forum 2006
  3. Largo Bay related thread – Bird Forum 2004


  1. Largo Bay on StreetMaps
  2. Largo Bay on Google Maps