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The Ship Inn, Elie - Tel. 01333 330246
The Ship Inn is just a short stroll down the pier. It has recently undergone extensive refurbishment and provides good quality, freshly sourced Scottish food. It has a restaurant with superb views of the beach or you can eat in the bar area if you prefer. If the weather is good, there is a beer garden on the harbour wall which is a great place to sit and, if you're lucky, watch a bit of kite surfing or, when the tide is out, the random sight of a full cricket match, whites 'n all. Booking essential.
The 19th Hole, Earlsferry - Tel. 01333 330610
With views across Elie Golf Course, what better place to unwind than this cosy pub in Earlsferry. All parts of the menu are wittily named after parts of the golf course: 'Off the iron, the fairway, the water hazard, the rough and of course, the final putt.'
East Pier Smokehouse, St Monans - Tel. 01333 405030
Stretch your legs and build up an appetite by taking the scenic route along the coastal path past Ruby Bay and Lady's Tower to the blue smokehouse in St Monans where you can reward yourself for your efforts with lunch or dinner on the pier of this picturesque Scottish fishing village. The food is all freshly prepared and sourced locally. Well worth the walk but booking is essential.
Craig Millar @16 West End, St Monans - Tel. 01333 730327
This award winning restaurant has a nice, relaxed feel to it with excellent sea views. Food is simple, beautifully prepared and always fresh. Staff are friendly and more than happy to recommend a suitable wine or prepare food for vegetarians (best though to give prior warning). Booking essential.
The Dory Bistro and Gallery, Pittenweem - Tel. 01333 311222
The Dory Bistro and Gallery is located right beside the harbour at Pittenweem; a traditional fishing harbour of outstanding beauty which is why it is perhaps my favourite harbour. If you get up early enough then you can see the boats returning with their night's haul. Fish at the restaurant can hardly be fresher being served almost straight from the boats. Booking recommended.
The Cellar, Anstruther - Tel. 01333 310378
A very relaxed restaurant- in a rustic setting offering a locally sourced Scottish menu with a good wine list to choose the perfect bottle. Booking essential.
The Peat Inn, Peat Inn - Tel. 01334 840206
The Peat Inn is great little treasure to have nearby. For me, it is probably more of a dinner venue than lunch but if you are on holiday, who is to say you can't while away an afternoon sipping red wine in front of a roaring fire. Food is first rate and highly recommended. Just make sure you get someone else to drive home! Booking essential.
Crail Harbour Gallery and Tearoom, Elie - Tel. 01333 451896
Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Crail just along from the harbour, the tearoom is nestled in the 17th century St Adrian's cellar. Relax in their small garden overlooking the sea with a cup of hot chocolate, haggis toastie or even a plate of dressed crab. You can occasionally see dolphins swim past but are more likely to be entertained by the errant chickens pecking away. They even provide tartan rugs to snuggle into!
The Seafood Restaurant, St Andrews - Tel. 01334 479475
This restaurant offers great seafood and wonderful sea views. In terms of dramatic settings, St Andrews is hard to beat. The food is freshly prepared and always nicely presented. Booking essential.
Elie House Golf Club - Tel. 01333 330301
The course is just over 6200 yards with no par 5's and only two par 3's. Short but add a stiff breeze off the Firth of Forth and any shortcomings in your game will be quickly exposed. The opening hole requires a blind tee shot over the hill some 50 yards off the tee, potentially un-nerving for those who have never faced such an extraordinary opening shot. There is also an 18 hole putting course and tennis courts available if you don't fancy the golf.
Crail Golfing Society - Tel. 01333 450686
Crail is the 7th oldest golf course in the world. Golfing legend Old Tom Morris laid out the original nine holes at Balcomie in 1895 and in 1998 a second course, Craighead Links, was opened for play, providing a worthy alternative to its famous and historic neighbour. The club house is very relaxed and a great place to enjoy a pint looking over the rocks and 18th green.
St Andrews - Tel. 01334 466666
There is little I can say to do justice to the Old Course. Worth every penny if you are lucky enough to get on. Remember to avoid the Road Hole bunker and to stop and wave from the Swilcan Bridge.
The Himalayas, St Andrews - Tel. 01334 475196
If the Old Course isn't for you, then challenge yourself to a round of putting like no other at the aptly named Himalayas.
Kingsbarns - Tel. 01334 460860
Kingsbarns Golf Links origins date back to 1793 and is an absolute belter of a course. The Merchants and Lairds of Kingsbarns drafted articles to form the Kingsbarns Golfing Society. Attired in their blue coats, the Kingsbarns men met for their Spring and Autumn Meetings to challenge for the Societies medals on the links and to enjoy the conviviality of friends over dinner in the Golfers Hall. The Society continued to wager, wine and dine for decades until the Cambo Estate tenant farmer ploughed up the Links in 1850 in order to add to his farmable area. Farmland in that period was more valuable than land set aside for golf. Obviously since then there has been a rethink!
Chain walk - The Chain walk provides an exciting scramble along the cliffs using chains for handrails. It is suitable for fit and experienced walkers with a head for heights. The route starts by crossing the golf course, skirting Chapel Green, named for an 11th Century chapel used by pilgrims travelling to St Andrews. The path then follows beneath the cliffs along the coast. En route back, you can walk along the cliffs giving you a better view of the surrounding area.
Elie to St Monans - This begins at Ruby Bay Car Park, accessed by taking the first right turning after the Ship Inn. Ruby Bay takes its name from the red garnet once found here. The path crosses Shepherd's Knowe and a short detour leads to Elie Lighthouse (1908) and Ladies Tower (c.1760) built for Lady Janet Anstruther as a summer house. Further on are the ruins of Ardross Castle (c.1370) and the 15th century Newark Castle. Nearby is a 16th C. doocot. From here to St Monans there is another high tide diversion which borders fields, crosses a bridge and rejoins the low tide route near 14th C. St Monans Church. The path passes the restored St. Monans Windmill, once used to pump seawater into the adjacent salt pans, and fossil rich limestone beds.
Elie Sea Safari, Elie - Tel. 07758 344224
Elie Sea Safari leaves from Elie Pier and follows the coastline with more of an emphasis on the plentiful wildlife in this area. You are likely to see seals and an abundance of sea birds including puffins if the time of year is right and, if you are very lucky, you might even see a pod of dolphins.
Elie Water Sports, Elie - Tel. 07799 481925
Experience the thrills and spills of a high speed boat ride around the bay at speeds of up to 50mph with Elie Water Sports!
Isle of May Boat Trips, Anstruther - Tel. 07429 454055
The Isle of May boat trips offer three types of boat trips. The first is a landing trip to the Isle of May which is famous for its puffins, seals and copious seabirds. You will have time to explore the island and its bird colonies at your leisure before catching the boat back to Anstruther. The other two boat trips that are on offer are shorter and circumnavigates the Isle of May allowing you to observe seals and puffins from the boat before heading back to shore.