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East Neuk Villages

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Crail harbour

Crail is probably the most photographed of the East Neuk villages - and it's not difficult to understand why. Crail's quaint, cobbled streets host traditional fishing cottages. Many of the houses here have stunning views over the North Sea, and there is a lovely walk which takes you  high above the houses overlooking the harbour. 
St Monans is perhaps lesser known, but is still well worth a visit. The village has an imposing Kirk with panoramic views, and old castle ruins nearby. There is a working windmill which is open to the public in the summer, and also an award winning fish restaurant should you wish to dine here.

St Monans Kirk

Elie beach

Elie, which leads on into Earlsferry, is a highly sought after residential area and many people have holiday homes here. There are beautiful golden sand beaches all around,  and also a boating/activity centre which has boats, pedaloes, surfboards and canoes for hire. In the summer, Elie is particularly popular with families looking for a good day out on the beach. 
Pittenweem is a classic fishing village, and artists flock here to paint the beautifully rugged landscape. The village is host to a week long Arts festival in August each year, starting with a spectacular music and fireworks display, and throughout the week the village is teeming with visitors who are able to browse the dozens of homes ( converted into mini art galleries) which are open to the public.


Anstruther Fisheries Museum

The largest of the East Neuk villages, Anstruther is a popular tourist destination with a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Boat trips leave here for the Isle of May, and the harbour has recently been upgraded to include a marina.
Make a point of setting aside one day of your holiday for a tour of the East Neuk and a memorable journey through time, and some of the most historic and well preserved villages to be seen anywhere in Scotland.