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Fife’s Coastal Corner

Fife’s Coastal Corner

Fife’s Coastal Corner Overview

This scenic short break introduces you to the best of Fife’s celebrated Coastal Path: from pretty fishing villages to fascinating history and excellent local food and drink. You walk self-guided, with luggage transfers included, your final destination the historic university town of St Andrews.

“A fringe of gold on a beggar’s mantle”, said James II of Fife’s eastern corner, known locally as the ‘East Neuk’. Although the Scottish king was speaking over 500 years ago, it is still true that the landscapes which lie between Elie and St Andrews represent the very best of Fife, and so it is here that we have chosen to base our short walking break along the region’s celebrated Coastal Path. Beginning in Anstruther – a typically timeless seafaring village where historic houses watch over an attractive harbour – you have the chance to discover everything that makes the East Neuk so special: quaint fishing villages; dramatic ruins that hint at a far-reaching history; an abundance of marine and birdlife; and some really excellent local food and drink – visit smokehouses, distilleries and fish ‘bars’, and call in at a rather wonderful chocolate shop. The walking itself is leisurely but rewarding, with the ever-changing coastal scenery providing a diverting backdrop, and the efficient local bus network giving you the option to tailor your routes. For a break from the trails, we suggest a boat trip to the ‘floating nature reserve’ that is the Isle of May, and you also have a full day to explore your final destination, St Andrews, where the splendid historic buildings of Scotland’s first university compete for attention with two glorious golden beaches and the world's oldest golf course.
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