The fishing villages that create the golden fringe of Fife are among the most characterful in the country. From Elie in the east to Crail in the west, they share a style of humble, fisherman’s architecture and a sense of unhurried ease.
The red pantile roofs, the crow-stepped gables, the stone-built harbours and the quiet streets make the East Neuk a wonderful place to slow life right down (Neuk, incidentally, is Scots for nook or corner). Though superficially similar, each village has its own character.
Take your pick, from the grand Victorian beachfront villas of Earlsferry, the thriving working port of Pittenweem, the seaside bustle of Anstruther, home to ice-cream parlours and reputedly the best fish and chip shop in Britain, to the pretty little harbour of Crail, home to a popular food festival, art galleries, a local pottery and a harbour which seems to tumble down the hill from the high street. Here too is perhaps the Neuk’s prettiest little cafe, the Crail Harbour Gallery, located in the cellars of a 17th century fisherman’s cottage.
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