The East Neuk
The East Neuk is packed with history, culture and interest and offers the very best in food and outdoor activities including walking, water sports, fishing, golf and riding to name but a few. Historic St Andrews is a 20 minute drive while bustling Edinburgh is only an hour away.
The East Neuk (corner) of Fife is an area full of fantastic attractions, events, festivals, outdoor activities and breath taking beaches. Quaint and picture perfect this area is renowned for its charming fishing villages and harbour such as Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem.
Fishing has been a staple in the life of the East Neuk villages for generations and if you’re up early enough, you can witness the bustle of the harbours in the morning as the boats land their daily catch of prawns, lobsters and crabs of the highest quality.
Alternatively, you can enjoy the very same seafood in some of the very best restaurants Scotland has to offer.
Explore the fascinating culture and history of the East Neuk along with its historic castles (some reputedly haunted!) where you can enjoy fine interiors and enchanting walled gardens with woodland and meadow walks.
Grab some exercise with a range of first class outdoor activities to suit all ages. Take a walk along the Fife Coastal Path and admire the beautiful coastline; explore the many prime diving sites in the Firth of Forth, set sail to the rugged Isle of May or try out activities such as horse riding, archery, abseiling and kayaking.
But above all else you can enjoy a round of golf on some of the very best courses including the home of golf at St Andrews a mere 20 minutes drive. No need to start the engine though – a leisurely stroll will take you to Charleton Golf Club. The Doocot overlooks the eighteenth tee!
Medieval atmosphere meets Victorian style at Kellie Castle & Garden once home to Robert the Bruce’s youngest daughter with parts dating back to the 14th century; the exterior is spectacular with crow-stepped gables and fairytale stone towers. Wander outside through the Arts and Crafts garden filled with heavy scent of old roses and find organically grown fruit and vegetables.
Downtown Abbey fans need look no further than Fife to find this wonderful example of Edwardian stately living. Designed by Robert Lorimar, Hill of Tarvit is a fascinating record of both life upstairs and downstairs. From admiring the Chinese porcelain or strolling through the sunken rose garden, to playing croquet on the lawn, there’s always plenty to do. Don’t miss Kingarrock Golf Course an original 9-hole hickory club course which has been completely restored, giving visitors a rare chance to tee-off in twenties style.
Falkland Palace & Garden in the pretty conservation village of Falkland, was once the favourite country retreat of the Stuart dynasty and a former residence of Mary Queen of Scot. The palace itself is a stunning example of Renaissance architecture at its best and part of the palace dates back to eary 16th century. After awing over the striking extering, be sure to discover inside and don’t miss the garden which is full of colour in every season. Falkland Palace is also home to a royal tennis court built in 1539 for King James V and is still in use today.
When the day turns to evening you can enjoy Fife in many different ways. There are always excellent shows being perfomed in the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Adam Smith Centre, Kirkcaldy, the Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline. Live entertainment is always a bit special and you can enjoy live bands all over Fife with Elie Holiday Park at Shell Bay very popular.
The East Neuk has some of the very best restaurants Scotland has to offer.
YOU MAY FIND THE FOLLOWING LINKS USEFUL:
Fife and its events www.visitfife.com
The Pittenweem Arts festival www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk
Charleton Golf Club www.charleton.co.uk
Fife Coastal Path www.fifecoastalpath.co.uk
Scottish Heritage Tours www.heritagetours.co.uk
Scottish Wildlife Trust www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk