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The town of Anstruther (which includes Cellardyke) has a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants. Anstruther is home to the Scottish Fisheries Museum and, from the harbour, boat trips can be taken for sea angling or sightseeing to various areas of interest such as the Isle of May, a famous nature reserve where you can see puffins!
The area is renowned for attracting artists and musicians with open studio and musical events happening throughout the year.
For the more active there are the Tennis Courts, Elie Watersports Centre (sailing and generally messing about on the water) and the East Neuk Outdoors Centre (canoeing, abseiling etc) and there are also links directly into the Fife Coastal path offering walking opportunities across a wider area.
For the keen golfer, Fife is the home of golf and the Anstruther golf course voted toughest par 3 in the UK by Todays Golfer in September 2007. If that’s not enough there are another 45 courses a short drive away, including the infamous Old Course at St Andrews.
A special mention needs to go to the award winning Anstruther Fish Bar, which is reputed to have served many famous visitors, including Tom Hanks.
Stretching out onto Roome Bay, Crail boasts blue flag sandy beaches, coastal walks, a beautiful stone harbour and quality shellfish.
Crail’s history most notably begins in 1310 when Robert the Bruce made Crail a Royal Burgh. Today, Crail is the oldest Royal Burgh in Fife and, from St. Mary’s mythical Blue Stane to the Tollbooth gaol, it’s easy to see why this popular East Neuk Village is ideal for groups of friends and families of all ages. Just make sure you’re tucked up in bed before the Old Town Clock strikes at Crail’s 10pm curfew!
If you’re looking to travel further afield, St. Andrews, with its famous university and legendary golf courses are only a 15 minute drive away.
Kingsbarns is 3 miles north of the harbour town of Crail and boasts a beautifully sandy beach under 10 minutes walk from the cottage.
Kingsbarns’ Golf Links is a matter of minutes away and good practice for a visit to St Andrews’ Old Course which is only a short drive away.
From golf caddie to dram lover, the newly opened Kingsbarns’ Distillery offers tours and tastings throughout the year. Also nearby is the Secret Garden at Cambo House.
From cycling to golf and walking to waterspouts; there’s a variety of things to see and do for people of all ages.
An outstanding area known for its extensive sand and mudflats, its population of common seals and for its wintering birds such as oystercatcher, bar-tailed godwit, shelduck and velvet scoter. Along the Firth of Tay shoreline there is good access to much of the shoreline and good wildlife watching opportunities.
At some 15 km in length, the reedbed on the north shore of the inner estuary is thought to be the most extensive in Britain. The closest town is two miles away and the attractive village of Auchtermuchty, while medieval Falkland with its historic palace and picturesque village is just two miles further on. This is where one of the first episodes of Outlander was filmed – to replicate 1940’s Inverness. Both Auchtermuchty and Falkland offer a selection of shops, inns and restaurants.
This is a good base both to discover Fife and Perthshire being only 20 minutes drive to Perth or 30 minutes St Andrews – and the lovely fishing villages of East Neuk of Fife and the Fife Coastal Path all within easy reach.
Pittenweem has the only working harbour in the East Neuk of Fife. The property is steeped in fishing history, and even now you can buy fish and seafood on your doorstep. Watch the seals in the harbour with an icecream.
Take a short walk along the beach and you may be lucky enough to see dolphins and porpoise – or even a whale. Or enjoy a boat trip to the Isle of May (National Nature Reserve) – or even North Berwick across the water in East Lothian.
Located right on the Fife Coastal Path, and it’s a gentle 40 minute walk to Anstruther to the east, or St Monans to the west. The annual Pittenweem Arts Festival (August) has drawn a community of artists and craftspeople to this historic village, with galleries and open studies. The sleepy high street has welcoming cafes, and there are two village pubs.
Anstruther, Elie and St Monans also provide a wide range of restaurants, pubs and cafes.
For golfers, Fife is the home of golf, with Anstruther course five minutes away, and another 45 courses a short drive – including the famous Old Course at St Andrews.
St Monan’s once had two thriving boat yards; the largest being James N Miller & Sons. The yard started business in 1747 with generations of the Miller family living in Ivybank. The Miller boat yard built Fifer fishing boats and many prospective of their prospective buyers were entertained to tea & scones in the kitchen of Ivybank as they studied the plans for their new boats. In the 20th Century the Miller family extended their business into building solid, seaworthy sailing yachts. Sir Malcolm Campbell commissioned his yacht, Blue Bird, with the Miller Yard. Sadly, the yard closed in 1992 and boatbuilding is now only a part of St Monan’s history.
Set between Elie and Pittenweem and only 12 miles from St Andrews, St Monan’s is the smallest of the pretty fishing villages that make up the East Neuk of Fife. With beautiful harbour views, Elie’s sandy bay, a string of golf courses, watersports and the Fife Coastal Trail; perfect for walkers and cyclists alike, St Monan’s has a lot to offer alongside its sleepy, village pace.