AROUND St Andrews and The East Neuk of Fife
St Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife has something to offer everyone. From the culture, shops, restaurants, beaches and world famous golf of St Andrews to the watersports of Elie beach and long winding coastal path that borders the entire coast. Or you might just want to cosy up with your favourite book whilst taking in the peaceful countryside views from The Cow Pads and The Potting shed whilst enjoying some tasty fresh fish and chips from one of the many great fish shops. Whatever you are looking for, we are confident that St Andrews and The East Neuk of Fife will have it.
THE FIFE COASTAL TRAIL
The Fife Coastal Trail is a Scottish walking path that runs from Kincardine to Newburgh. It takes in the coast all round the East Neuk of Fife and around St Andrews. Find out further information on the route on the website: Fife Coastal Path - Fife Coast & Countryside Trust (fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk)
For the watersports enthusiasts out there you can hire stand up paddle boards, kayaks, windsurfers and wakeboard/waterski sessions at Elie Watersports (seasonal). Surfing is sometimes possible at the East Sands in St Andrews. Plenty opportunities for cold water swimming but please always check local tides/currents and don't go alone.
A great day out can be had at the Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre. Or book ahead and have a day making your own gin at Darnleys Gin, you can attend 'gin school' for the day and create your own bottle.
Where to start....! The Cheesy Toast Shack on Kingsbarns beach, fresh lobster and chips from The Harbour Cafe in Elie, watching the beach cricket from The Ship Inn beer garden. Eating fish and chips from Crail Fish Shop on the harbour wall or fine dining in St Andrews. Just make sure you don't leave without sampling some of the delicious local seafood.
St Andrews is a vibrant town with many shops selling a combination of scottish goods, high street brands and golf clothing/equipment. If you are hungry don't miss out on some baking from Fisher and Donaldsons or an ice cream from Janettas. Out of St Andrews you can pick up some amazing local food in one of the many farm shops including Balgove just outside St Andrews or Ardross just outside Elie. If you are looking for some locally made crafts then you can't miss the lovely Crail Pottery.
The University of St Andrews is world famous, take a walk around the town and explore the historic buildings. Take on a show at The Byre Theatre or take a trip over to Dundee to see the famous V&A Museum or RRS Discovery.
St Andrews, the home of golf, with seven courses! However, it does not stop in St Andrews. You will also find courses at Kingsbarns, Crail, Elie and the newest addition is Dumbarnie Links.
St Andrews and The East Neuk of Fife have beaches bordering the whole coast line. Here are the most popular, all of which have parking:
- West Sands St Andrews
- East Sands St Andrews
- Kingsbarns Beach
- Elie Beach
- Tentsmuir Beach