Weekend trips in a Campervan - Fife
Here are our top tips for spending a couple of days in the East Neuk of Fife. With thanks to Alan Wright Photographic for the images.
Forth Rail Crossing
Only an hour from Edinburgh and another 30 minutes from Glasgow, you get to the East Neuk of Fife by crossing the Firth of Forth using the new Queensferry crossing. Heading north east after the bridges skirting round Kirkaldy and Leven. The word 'Neuk' is old Scots for corner, by the way.
First stop for us was the pretty seaside destination of Elie and Earlsferry. Here you can walk along part of the Fife Coastal Path exploring Shell bay and up over the cliffs to West Bay. There is an alternative route 'The Chain Walk' but if you suffer from vertigo do not even attempt it. At best it is a scramble up the rocks with chains to help, at worst people get rescued by helicopter when caught out by the tide! If you prefer a more relaxing time, go along to the 'Pav' for the best scones and watch some tennis.
The coastal path from Elie to Crail is without a doubt the best way to explore the pretty fishing villages with St Monans, Pittenweem and Anstruther in between. It's a good idea to break it down and do different sections each day. Between May to October at East Pier in St Monans you have the Smokehouse, great for a coffee or some special seafood treats. If you're visiting in August the local artists open their doors for the Pittenweem Art Festival
A short boat trip from Anstruther harbour is the The Isle of May, it's a magical mix of seabirds with up to 120,000 puffins. There are seals which live there all year long and we think they are pretty brave judging how fresh the north sea can be in winter. On return to Anstruther I know you've probably heard, but the fish and chips are not to be missed. Just watch the seagulls don't steal any.
Not long after the most photographed fishing village of Crail is Cambo Estate. Cambo is home at this time of year to the annual Snowdrop Festival, there is literally a sea of these tiny white flowers on the woodland walk down to the shoreline. Once at the shore look out for native birds like redshank and stonechat and watch out for the stray golf ball from championship links course Kingsbarns.
Swilken Bridge - The Old Course St Andrews
Head to the 'home of golf' at St Andrews where it can be great fun to play your family at putting on the Himalyas course. Take a wander through the town, maybe going to the aquarium, definitely stopping at Fisher and Donaldson for a humongous custard doughnut. Walk it off at the vast expanse of white beach that is West Sands, it stretches for nearly two miles from the golf courses.
Be sure to let us know how you get on, if you decide to visit this beautiful part of Scotland.