Catswhiskerstours is pleased to provide customised tours for groups of this popular area.
Summary information is provided below to assist guests determine priorities and focus.
This area covers a very popular tourist route stretching roughly 50 miles (80Km) along the coast between Dunfermline, north of Edinburgh and St. Andrews in the east. A leisurely full day motor tour can cover most of the key sites and places of interest which include historic Dunfermline Abbey, Andrew Carnegie’s birthplace, Aberdour Beach, Lower Largo and a string of beautiful small towns and quaint seaside villages with excellent fish restaurants including Crail, Anstruther, Elie and St. Monans. A tour along this coast usually starts or finishes at the ancient town of St. Andrews with its university, ruined castle, cathedral and a concentration of golf courses including the famous Old Course.
Starting at Edinburgh and heading North East, a tour could include the following:
Forth Bridges: Cross the Firth of Forth (estuary) on the Forth Road Bridge and to the right can be viewed the Forth Rail Bridge which dates from 1890 and ranks as one of the U.K.’s most spectacular engineering feats.
Dunfermline Abbey & Palace: Remains of a great Benedictine Abbey with Romanesque style nave plus ruins of a Royal Palace. A high elevation and good views. In the church attached to the old Abbey is buried King Robert the Bruce
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum: Information on the weaver’s son who was born in 1835 and rose to become a self-made 19th century industrialist and philanthropist in the U.S.A.
Aberdour Silver Sands: An attractive and award winning sandy beach.
Kirkaldy: A town which dates back to the 11th century and birthplace of economist Adam Smith. Here is Ravenscraig Castle, overlooking the sea and dating from the 1450s.
Lower Largo: The story of Robinson Crusoe was based on the true adventures one Alexander Selkirk who came from this village (born 1676) and to whom a memorial has been erected at his birthplace.
Elie: The sandy curve of Elie Bay provides sheltered conditions for a wide range of water sports including windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and related activities.
St. Monans: A quaint coastal village best known for its parish church which dates from the 13th century. Models of boats inside the church reflect the close association of the community with the sea and fishing.
Pittenweem: Another quaint fishing village with busy harbour and jumble of houses with mixed architecture. Pittenweem is popular with artists and each year the village hosts a festival for arts, crafts and drama. There are local art galleries and a pottery to visit.
Anstruther: This coastal town (pronounced ‘Anster’ by locals) has a long history and once ranked as one of the busiest fishing (herring) ports in Scotland. In addition to the busy harbour full of boats, places to visit include:
The Secret Bunker, an attraction dating from the Cold War era located 5 miles N.E. of Anstruther.
Isle of May: Accessed via a 5 mile boat trip from Anstruther this is now a reserve for colonies of seabirds. However, there is history dating back to prehistoric times subsequent to which an early Christian settlement was established in the 7th century and then a priory in the 12th century.
Crail: A stunningly picturesque harbour which attracts artists and photographers. Key attraction is the Low Countries influenced architecture and pantile roofs. There is also an art gallery, pottery, antique shop and tea room. Fresh lobsters can be purchased from fishermen in the harbour.
St. Andrews: A historic and famous town with a wide range of visitor attractions including the famous Old Course (golf), Golf Museum, Botanic Garden, Cathedral, Castle and West Beach used in the Chariots of Fire film.
Fife Coast Attractions and Activities by Category
Scotscraig / The Dukes Course/St. Andrews Old Course, New Course, Jubilee Course and others/Kingsbarns/Crail/Golf House Club Elie/Lundin Links/Leven Links/Balbirnie Park/Ladybank.
Cambo House, Kingsbarns/Earlshall, Leuchars/Falkland Palace, Falkland/Hill of Tarvit, near Cupar/Kellie Castle, near Pittenweem/St. Andrews Botanic Garden
Historic Buildings & Sites:
Abbot House, Dunfermline/Aberdour Castle/Balmerino Abbey/Culross Palace/Dunfermline Abbey and Palace/Falkland Palace/Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden/Inchcolm Island & Abbey/Kellie Castle & Garden, Pittenweem/Pan Ha’, Dysart/Ravenscraig Castle, Kirkaldy/St. Andrews Castle/St. Andrews Cathedral/St. Fillan’s Cave, Pittenweem.
Hiking-Fife Coastal Path
Walk the glorious Fife Coast for some 81 miles/135 Km from the Forth Bridge to the Tay Bridge near Dundee.