Continuing my walk along the Fife Coastal Path, following the wee fishing villages of Pittenweem and St Monan’s you come to Anstruther, or ‘Ainster’ as the locals call it. It is from here in the summer that you can catch a ferry to The Isle of May and even over to North Berwick, passing the colony of gannets at Bass Rock.
Still a fishing harbour, although most of our fish is brought in at Pittenweem now, it houses a Fisheries Museum along the front, as well as a famous Fish n Chip Shop. (although we find The Waterfront does fantastic meals too)
Anstruther is the ‘centre’ of East Neuk, a popular holiday or weekend destination for Edinburgh folks. In my mind it is an area worth visiting all year round. Check out the reopened haunted Dreel Inn, a place with character as you come into Anstruther, passing the house covered in sea shells.
I ‘met’ Robert Louis Stevenson here for a blether in The Healing Paths of Fife. His father was supervising the building of the harbour walls.
The walks along the coast in East Neuk are delightful and varied, with plenty of places to tempt you to pause, admire, rest and partake of the local refreshments and hospitality.