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Where to go now you are here

Drinks & Nightlife
Recently refurbished with great beer garden overlooking the sea. Great local food and a lovely setting.
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The Ship Inn
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Recently refurbished with great beer garden overlooking the sea. Great local food and a lovely setting.
Great relaxed dining. Very friendly and place to eat. Kids and dogs welcome. The food is great too.
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The 19th Hole Earlsferry
5 Links Rd
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Great relaxed dining. Very friendly and place to eat. Kids and dogs welcome. The food is great too.
Shopping
Great selection of cheese, meats and all kinds of foods. Perfect for picnic supplies.
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Elie Deli
55 High St
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Great selection of cheese, meats and all kinds of foods. Perfect for picnic supplies.
Great local foods all year round. Not open on Sunday.
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Blacketyside Farm Shop
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Great local foods all year round. Not open on Sunday.
Good Eats
Lovely place to enjoy local smoked salmon. Enjoy a bagel right on the shore.
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East Pier
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Lovely place to enjoy local smoked salmon. Enjoy a bagel right on the shore.
If you are up for a spot of putting, golf or Tennis and you need somewhere for a meal or a snack the Pav is open all day and serves a wide range of food. Recently under new management and now red! They have a licence if you need a glass of wine with your meal.
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The Pavilion Cafe/Restaurant
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If you are up for a spot of putting, golf or Tennis and you need somewhere for a meal or a snack the Pav is open all day and serves a wide range of food. Recently under new management and now red! They have a licence if you need a glass of wine with your meal.
A lovely cafe after a wild walk at Tentsmuir
Rhynd Café and Events Venue
A lovely cafe after a wild walk at Tentsmuir
Visited this week (July 12) really nice cakes after a walk from Anstruther along the coast. The walk is beautiful too. You can sit out and watch the sea or sit in the amazing sloping cavern and enjoy some art.
Crail Harbour Gallery and Tearoom
Visited this week (July 12) really nice cakes after a walk from Anstruther along the coast. The walk is beautiful too. You can sit out and watch the sea or sit in the amazing sloping cavern and enjoy some art.
Lovely place for local seasonal food
Wonderful local and seasonal food. Meat, fruit and veg. Much of it grown right here on the farm. Also beautiful puddings and deserts perfect for a special occasion.
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Ardross Farm Shop
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Wonderful local and seasonal food. Meat, fruit and veg. Much of it grown right here on the farm. Also beautiful puddings and deserts perfect for a special occasion.
If you like golf this is a great course. 9 or 18 hole course. If you don't like golf, just take a walk along the coast for free. Stunning beach in any weather.
Elie Golf House Club
If you like golf this is a great course. 9 or 18 hole course. If you don't like golf, just take a walk along the coast for free. Stunning beach in any weather.
Sightseeing
Lovely place whatever the weather. Great garden and lovely informal house. When you are finished have a cup of tea and a scone in the cafe.
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Kellie Castle
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Lovely place whatever the weather. Great garden and lovely informal house. When you are finished have a cup of tea and a scone in the cafe.
It's just plain peculiar. The only bunker I've ever seen with a cat flap.
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Scotland's Secret Bunker
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It's just plain peculiar. The only bunker I've ever seen with a cat flap.
A dark cave off a small side street may not seem like the most obvious visitor attraction, but St Fillan's Cave is one of the most significant sites in the Christian Church in Scotland. St Fillan, in common with many of the Scottish church fathers, was actually born in Ireland. The story goes that his mother was St Kentigerna, later the foundress of a religious community at Loch Lomond. St Fillan arrived in Scotland with his mother, his brothers and his uncle, St Comgan. The family settled at Loch Duich, before St Fillan moved south to what is now Strathfillan where the first of many legends relating to him arises. While engaged in building a church near Auchentyre a wolf killed the ox which had been carrying building materials. According to the story, Fillan managed to persuade the wolf that it was following the wrong path whereupon the wolf took up the burden of the ox. The Holy Pool next to the church was used as a shrine to the saint for many centuries after. St Fillan had a bit of the wanderlust in him, as it seems he travelled extrensively through Scotland. As well as his stays near Killin and in Fife, he is also known to have spent time in Islay, Perthshire and in Dumfries and Galloway. The road to St Fillan's Cave The road to St Fillan's Cave Most of his life however was spent as a hermit in the cave in the fishing village which came to be named after him, (Pittenweem means "place of the cave") it was said that he managed to pray and write in the secluded gloom of the cave by means of a light which glowed from his left arm as he wrote with his right. Long after his death St Fillan's legacy was felt in Scotland. His staff and bell were taken by the Abbott of Inchaffray to the Battle of Bannockburn, and Robert the Bruce built a priory in honour of St Fillan in thanks for the spiritual aid provided by these relics on that day. Within the cave here at Pittenweem is a Holy Well, one of many dedicated to St Fillan. St Fillan is the Patron Saint of the mentally ill, and those suffering from this affliction were taken to the cave in the hope of cure. Mentally ill patients were bound in the cave and left overnight alone to await miraculous intervention. If their bonds had been loosed during the night it was taken as a sign that they had been cured. After the Reformation, the cave fell from favour as a shrine, and the cave became a haven for smugglers as it could only be accessed by boat. The cave was later used as a store for fishing nets. Thankfully in the last hundred years a greater appreciation was placed on the cave, and it was rededicated by the Bishop of St Andrews in 1935 and is now a recognised place of worship.
St Fillan's Cave
12 Cove Wynd
A dark cave off a small side street may not seem like the most obvious visitor attraction, but St Fillan's Cave is one of the most significant sites in the Christian Church in Scotland. St Fillan, in common with many of the Scottish church fathers, was actually born in Ireland. The story goes that his mother was St Kentigerna, later the foundress of a religious community at Loch Lomond. St Fillan arrived in Scotland with his mother, his brothers and his uncle, St Comgan. The family settled at Loch Duich, before St Fillan moved south to what is now Strathfillan where the first of many legends relating to him arises. While engaged in building a church near Auchentyre a wolf killed the ox which had been carrying building materials. According to the story, Fillan managed to persuade the wolf that it was following the wrong path whereupon the wolf took up the burden of the ox. The Holy Pool next to the church was used as a shrine to the saint for many centuries after. St Fillan had a bit of the wanderlust in him, as it seems he travelled extrensively through Scotland. As well as his stays near Killin and in Fife, he is also known to have spent time in Islay, Perthshire and in Dumfries and Galloway. The road to St Fillan's Cave The road to St Fillan's Cave Most of his life however was spent as a hermit in the cave in the fishing village which came to be named after him, (Pittenweem means "place of the cave") it was said that he managed to pray and write in the secluded gloom of the cave by means of a light which glowed from his left arm as he wrote with his right. Long after his death St Fillan's legacy was felt in Scotland. His staff and bell were taken by the Abbott of Inchaffray to the Battle of Bannockburn, and Robert the Bruce built a priory in honour of St Fillan in thanks for the spiritual aid provided by these relics on that day. Within the cave here at Pittenweem is a Holy Well, one of many dedicated to St Fillan. St Fillan is the Patron Saint of the mentally ill, and those suffering from this affliction were taken to the cave in the hope of cure. Mentally ill patients were bound in the cave and left overnight alone to await miraculous intervention. If their bonds had been loosed during the night it was taken as a sign that they had been cured. After the Reformation, the cave fell from favour as a shrine, and the cave became a haven for smugglers as it could only be accessed by boat. The cave was later used as a store for fishing nets. Thankfully in the last hundred years a greater appreciation was placed on the cave, and it was rededicated by the Bishop of St Andrews in 1935 and is now a recognised place of worship.
Culross Palace - The National Trust for Scotland
A wonderful day trip in fine weather. Plenty of time and opportunity to see seals, puffins and explore the island. Bring warm waterproof gear in case the weather changes.
Isle of May National Nature Reserve
A wonderful day trip in fine weather. Plenty of time and opportunity to see seals, puffins and explore the island. Bring warm waterproof gear in case the weather changes.
An amazing building to enjoy. With stunning views over the Tay, a wonderful cafe and easy access to other local landmarks. Check out the website for exhibitions.
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V&A Dundee
1 Riverside Esplanade
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An amazing building to enjoy. With stunning views over the Tay, a wonderful cafe and easy access to other local landmarks. Check out the website for exhibitions.
Climb aboard and follow in the footsteps of Scott, Shackleton and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their triumphs. It’s a fascinating tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken and a great day out for all the family.
Discovery Quay Car Park
Climb aboard and follow in the footsteps of Scott, Shackleton and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their triumphs. It’s a fascinating tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken and a great day out for all the family.
Standing just to the west of the village of St Monans lie some atmospheric ruins, the former home of one of Scotland's most capable military leaders, the castle enjoyed its heyday for only a brief while under his ownership, before beginning an inexorable decline into its poor state today. The castle was originally the possession of Sir Alan Durward, the brother in law of Alexander III, before ownership passed to the Sandilands family in 1545. A century later, in 1649, and bankruptcy forced this family into the sale of Newark, this time to the Covenanting General Sir David Leslie. Leslie at this time was at the peak of his powers, and one of the most influential men in the country. A colourful character, Leslie had began his military career in the army of Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus during the Thirty Years War. In 1640, in common with many of the Scottish volunteers in the Swedish Army, Leslie returned to fight in the Bishops Wars against Charles I. The Covenanting army which he led had great success in northern England, forcing the King to sue for peace. As war broke out all over Britain in the 1640s Leslie became the second in command of the Army of the Covenant. Newark Castle Doo'cot In 1644 his cavalry were decisive in winning the Battle of Marston Moor for Cromwell's Ironsides, and the following year he stopped Montrose's Royalist advance by crushing him at the battle of Phillipshaugh. Times and politics changed soon enough however, and after the execution of Charles I the Scottish army switched sides and declared war on Cromwell's army. There followed an English invasion, at Leslie faced up to Cromwell at Dunbar. Leslie had done everything right so far, from avoiding a pitched battle to wear down his enemy with their long lines of communication and supply, to choosing the right ground at the battlefield of Dunbar. Unfortunately however, he was forced into attacking by the "political commissars" in his army, the Church elders who wielded ultimate power. As the Scottish army raced down the hill they were destroyed by Cromwell's artillery and the Scots were routed. Leslie was captured after the battle, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. However, after the Restoration, Leslie was able to return to his castle at St Monans, with a substantial pension from a grateful monarch to expand his castle. After Leslie's death, the castle passed through several different families, until, by the last century, it had become more valuable for the farmland it sat on than for the buildings themselves. The present castle is a ruin, but efforts have been begun in the past few years to try and save it for future generations.
Newark Castle
Standing just to the west of the village of St Monans lie some atmospheric ruins, the former home of one of Scotland's most capable military leaders, the castle enjoyed its heyday for only a brief while under his ownership, before beginning an inexorable decline into its poor state today. The castle was originally the possession of Sir Alan Durward, the brother in law of Alexander III, before ownership passed to the Sandilands family in 1545. A century later, in 1649, and bankruptcy forced this family into the sale of Newark, this time to the Covenanting General Sir David Leslie. Leslie at this time was at the peak of his powers, and one of the most influential men in the country. A colourful character, Leslie had began his military career in the army of Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus during the Thirty Years War. In 1640, in common with many of the Scottish volunteers in the Swedish Army, Leslie returned to fight in the Bishops Wars against Charles I. The Covenanting army which he led had great success in northern England, forcing the King to sue for peace. As war broke out all over Britain in the 1640s Leslie became the second in command of the Army of the Covenant. Newark Castle Doo'cot In 1644 his cavalry were decisive in winning the Battle of Marston Moor for Cromwell's Ironsides, and the following year he stopped Montrose's Royalist advance by crushing him at the battle of Phillipshaugh. Times and politics changed soon enough however, and after the execution of Charles I the Scottish army switched sides and declared war on Cromwell's army. There followed an English invasion, at Leslie faced up to Cromwell at Dunbar. Leslie had done everything right so far, from avoiding a pitched battle to wear down his enemy with their long lines of communication and supply, to choosing the right ground at the battlefield of Dunbar. Unfortunately however, he was forced into attacking by the "political commissars" in his army, the Church elders who wielded ultimate power. As the Scottish army raced down the hill they were destroyed by Cromwell's artillery and the Scots were routed. Leslie was captured after the battle, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. However, after the Restoration, Leslie was able to return to his castle at St Monans, with a substantial pension from a grateful monarch to expand his castle. After Leslie's death, the castle passed through several different families, until, by the last century, it had become more valuable for the farmland it sat on than for the buildings themselves. The present castle is a ruin, but efforts have been begun in the past few years to try and save it for future generations.
A nice place to walk to before a meal at the Ship Inn.
Elie Ness Lighthouse
A nice place to walk to before a meal at the Ship Inn.
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St Andrews
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Crail
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The ancient church right on the shore is lovely. Often used during the East Neuk Festival
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Saint Monans
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The ancient church right on the shore is lovely. Often used during the East Neuk Festival
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Anstruther Harbour
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It’s a wonderful oasis in any weather. Great for kids too. With a butterfly house.
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St Andrews Botanic Garden
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It’s a wonderful oasis in any weather. Great for kids too. With a butterfly house.
Food scene
This is a great place in any weather. Lovely range of foods and home made chocolate too. Try a hot chocoate after a wild walk around Pittenweem. They also have the key for St Fillans Cave just a short walk away.
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The Cocoa Tree Shop
9 High St
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This is a great place in any weather. Lovely range of foods and home made chocolate too. Try a hot chocoate after a wild walk around Pittenweem. They also have the key for St Fillans Cave just a short walk away.
A food market run over weekends through the summer and Autumn. Local fish, seafood, drinks, bakes and breads. Live Music, and some activities for children. A good place to taste the best of Fife's local produce.
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Bowhouse
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A food market run over weekends through the summer and Autumn. Local fish, seafood, drinks, bakes and breads. Live Music, and some activities for children. A good place to taste the best of Fife's local produce.
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Pillars Of Hercules Organic Farm Shop & Cafe
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Always a queue but worth the wait
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Jannettas Gelateria
31 South St
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Always a queue but worth the wait
Great Walks
From gentle strolls to big hikes. Find some here.
West Sands Beach
I've walked most of this. It's easy and you can choose any section to suit the distance you want to go. Buses are infrequent so if you don't want to walk both ways, make sure you know the times or have a friend to collect you.
Fife Coastal Path
I've walked most of this. It's easy and you can choose any section to suit the distance you want to go. Buses are infrequent so if you don't want to walk both ways, make sure you know the times or have a friend to collect you.
A fantastic exhilerating scramble around the cliffs with the help of some big chunky chains. Good for confident folk. Make sure you know your tide times. Some sections can get wet. Lovely on a hot day with a swim at the end. There are a couple of vertical chains to climb down. Anyone not happy with the climbing can walk along west bay and climb up the cliff path to meet those returning from the chain walk. There is a lovely meadow full of butterflies and wildflowers at the top of the cliff.
Elie Chain Walk - End
A fantastic exhilerating scramble around the cliffs with the help of some big chunky chains. Good for confident folk. Make sure you know your tide times. Some sections can get wet. Lovely on a hot day with a swim at the end. There are a couple of vertical chains to climb down. Anyone not happy with the climbing can walk along west bay and climb up the cliff path to meet those returning from the chain walk. There is a lovely meadow full of butterflies and wildflowers at the top of the cliff.