The East Neuk is the name given to the picturesque south east corner of Fife, on the shores of the Firth of Forth, and includes the fishing villages of Anstruther, Crail, Pittenweem, St Monans, Largo, and Elie. The East Neuk, and the surrounding areas of Fife, have many visitor attractions ranging from the Home of Golf (St Andrews) to coastal walks and many fascinating heritage sites.
Anstruther, or Anster as the locals call it, is the largest of the East Neuk villages. Today, it is best known as the home of the Scottish Fisheries Museum but it was once one of Scotland's main fishing ports in the 19th century. Anstruther, like many of the Firth of Forth villages traded with the Low Countries and Scandinavia, before becoming an important centre for herring fishing and has a long and fascinating history. Take a tour of Anstruther, visit the shops and restaurants, walk along the cobbled streets and through the little alleyways and wynds, and note the traditional architecture often with dates on the buildings.
The Great Lodging makes an ideal base for holidays or tours of this part of Scotland. Whether you are playing golf, visiting the many heritage sites, enjoying walking and wildlife, or just relaxing in the quaint and charming atmosphere of this ancient fishing village, you will never run out of things to do or places to go.
For more detailed information or specific inquiries about local attractions,
contact the Anstruther Tourist Information Centre (Seasonal opening).
This is situated close by in the Scottish Fisheries Museum:
Find out about Anstruther weather here.
The Kingdom of Fife boasts over 40 golf courses providing for all abilities and budgets (see map). Anstruther has its own golf club as do the nearby villages of Crail, Elie and Kinsbarns.. Slightly further away but still within reach, are the famous courses of Gleneagles, Carnoustie, and Muirfield.The Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther
A fascinating insight into the life and work of a fishing community. There's also a fine collection of fishing boats and model boats, equipment, maps and compasses, as well as an aquarium. You can also visit the North Carr Lightship moored in the harbour opposite the museum.
Secret Bunker, Troy Wood (3 miles north of Anstruther)
There are several good restaurants in Anstruther including some serving
specialities. Try out the Cellar Restaurant, the Dreel Tavern and
the Craw's Nest Hotel and, of course the Anstruther Fish Bar, once voted
as serving Scotland's best fish and chips.
Fisheries Museum, Anstruther
Isle of May,
Firth of Forth
There are many other places places for walking and wildlife in Fife.
Point National Nature Reserve which has a dynamic coastline and is
important site for seaduck, waders and wildfowl, as well as grey seals
and common seals. There are many other locations where you can bird
watch in Fife. Enjoy a walk in the attractive surroundings of St Andrews
or visit the Scottish
Deer Centre near Cupar which also has birds of prey and wolves.
a quad bike track for both novices and more experienced riders from 6
years of age upwards. There is also an off road Land Rover course. Fife
has one of the most extensive cycle networks in the UK with over 300 miles
of of country lanes, disused railway lines and forrest tracks. Find out
more at Millennium
Cycle Ways. If you like horse riding, find out more here.
There are many cultural activities to sample in Fife. Find out more at: