A walk along the coasts of Fife

During the summer I found myself in Fife, Scotland. I took advantage of the wonderful sunshine and found myself exploring the coast. My journey started in Pittenweem, a small fishing village about 10 miles from St Andrews. Known for Saint Fillians Cave, it has been my home away from home for many years. I’d recommend the fish and chips if you ever get the chance.

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Pittenweem – Fife

A short walk westwards along the coast and you will find the tidal swimming pools, which in all my wisdom, I forgot to take a photo of. Well worth a skinny-dip in the summer.

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Tidal Pools found to the right, off camera…

Passing along St Monans church via the beach, I came across the ruins of Newark Castle.

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Newark Castle, long since abandoned

I’d recommend giving it an explore and if you are feeling brave, you can jump up to reach the spiral staircase.

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Newark Castle – Cellar

A short ramble further along and you will reach the Ardross Farm Shop and Catchpenny Safari Lodges (Glamping). The farm shop proves helpful to those walking in the sun without water..

After a refreshing drink and a short amble along the beach, I stumbled upon the Lady’s Tower.

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The Lady’s Tower – Elie, Fife

Apparently (according to googles) it was built in the 1760 for Lady Janet Anstruther for use as a changing room prior to her morning bathing routine.

All I know is that the view from it is lovely.

It was at this point, a magical taxi appeared and whisked me off to St Andrews. Now I heartily recommend giving St Andrews a visit, it’s a wonderful town rich in history and good food. It has some amazing ruins not limited to the Cathedral, Castle, Old Wall, Chapels, and Port.

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St Andrews Cathedral (Left) and St Rule’s Tower (Right)

A short drive from St Andrews and on the east coast of Fife you will find a wonderful place called Kingsbarns. It hides a 2 mile long golden sandy beach, littered with rock-pools.

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Kingbarns Beach, Fife

You’ll also notice multiple signposts directing you towards Scotland’s Secret Bunker. I’ve never been myself but it’s on my to-do list.

Anyway, I returned back to Pittenweem, and decided to go for a walk eastwards up the coast towards Anstruther.

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WW2 Coastal defence labelled by the locals

Another wonderful walk where I came across a peculiar sight.

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Blurry Photo

It was a small beach made entirely of intact sea-shells. It made a oddly crinkling sound as if walking on glass.

She sells, sea-shells, on the sea-shore…

I ended up paying a quick visit through Anstruther, and toured the Dreel Burn (river) for a bit.

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Bridge across the Dreel Burn in Anstruther

Before shortly returning to the coastal path back home to the cottage.

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Anstruther Bay