Things to See and Do


If you love the outdoors, you'll love the East Neuk of Fife. Here are some activities we enjoy when we're at the cottage:



You'll be spoiled for choice. The two courses at Crail Golfing Society are a treat for any golfer and, for something special, the Old Course at St Andrews and Kingsbarns Links are hard to beat.



You can sea fish by boat or from the coastal rocks. 


Water Sports

There's windsurfing or sailing and, for the foolhardy, you can even risk riding the banana boat at Elie's Water Sports Centre.



The nearby Millennium Cycle Way is a network of safe cycle routes that take in some spectacular scenery.



Take a boat trip to the Isle of May to see the breeding sea birds and colony of grey seals.


Children's Outdoor Play

Craigtoun Country Park in St Andrews has train and boat rides, adventure playgrounds, trampolines and bouncy castles and great picnicing facilities. There's also Carnegie Mega Maze at Cupar which our boys just love!


mountain bikes carting


Horse riding

We usually go to Kinshaldy Riding Stables in Tentsmuir (about half an hour's drive from Crail) because it offers hacks through the forest and along the beach but there's also a much more local option at Conceres about 5 mins from the cottage.


Nature spotting

You can feed the fish at St Andrews Aquarium and watch the falconry displays, feed the deer or play on treetop walkways at the Deer Centre, just outside Cupar. We love the coastal walk where you can often spot seals and, occasionally, dolphins playing just yards away



The student population ensures St Andrews has a wide variety of excellent shops. When only a city will do, Dundee and Edinburgh are both easily reached.


When the weather is not so good

Unfortunately it does sometimes rain. But worry not, there's lots to do indoors. Some of our favourites include swimming at the East Sands Centre in St Andrews, visiting Discovery Point Dundee, taking in a movie at the cinema in St Andrews or visiting the Secret Bunker.  There's also the opportunity of a day trip to Edinburgh (1hr 15 mins by car), Glasgow (2 hrs) or Perth (1 hr).


Eating out

You can't visit Crail without a trip (or two) to the village chippie. But if you fancy something a bit more refined here are a few of our favourite haunts within the village itself: 

The Marine Hotel Bistro - Tel 01333 450207.
The Golf Hotel - Tel 01333 450 206.
Crail Harbour Gallery - Tel 01333 451896.
The Honey Pot - Tel 01333 451896.


A little further afield, favourite restaurants include The Peat Inn (in Peat Inn, funnily enough!), The Haven in Anstruther and in St Andrews the Links Club House and The Castle Course Club House never disappoint.

harbourfish and chips