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About Crail

Crail is a small village but it offers a great selection of local shops, places of interest and things to do.

Made a Royal Burgh by Robert the Bruce in 1310 and now a quiet haven, it is hard to believe that the village’s Marketgate was once the largest medieval market place in Europe. Today you can relax in one of Crail’s homely coffee shops, restaurants or pubs and the village also boasts its own butcher, baker, greengrocer, pharmacy as well as gift shops and convenience stores.

Set around a 12th century castle and picturesque fishing harbour, the best way to explore Crail is by foot. There is a fabulous beach with rock pools to explore and, for the more adventurous, an exhilarating coastal walk.

All you need to self-cater is available within a short stroll of Garden Cottage. It is local half-day closing on Wednesday (but not all shops close) and some shops still observe a lunch hour, usually between 1 pm and 2 pm. During the summer some are open longer hours and the two convenience stores are open late in the evenings (usually until around 10 pm).

Crail itself has two golf courses and nearby you’ll find the world famous courses at Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and St Andrews.

Other favourite local villages include Kingsbarns (with its fantastic beach), Anstruther (a bustling town with a busy marina) and Elie (a great, old-fashioned holiday town).

Further afield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Stirling are all easily reached for day trips.

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