Elie Beach Fife, Scotland

Elie Beach Fife, Scotland

This evening, I am reporting on the popular Fife Coast tourist route in the east of Scotland.

Starting at Edinburgh and heading North East, a tour could include the following:

Forth Bridges: Two road bridges and a rail bridge with the latter, a cantilever design, of global prominence.

Forth Rail Bridge, South Queensferry, Scotland

Forth Rail Bridge, South Queensferry, Scotland

Dunfermline Abbey & Palace: Remains of a great Benedictine Abbey with Romanesque style nave plus ruins of adjacent Royal Palace. The burial place of  King Robert the Bruce can be viewed in the church.

Burial Place of King Robert the Bruce, Dunfermline

Burial Place of King Robert the Bruce, Dunfermline

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.

Lower Largo: Birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the role model for Robinson Crusoe plus sandy beaches..

Andrew Selkirk Statue, Lower Largo, Fife

Andrew Selkirk Statue, Lower Largo, Fife

Elie: Sandy beaches plus a wide range of water sports including windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and related activities.

St. Monans: A quaint coastal village with historic church close to the sea.

St Monans Harbour, Fife, Scotland

St Monans Harbour, Fife, Scotland

Pittenweem: Fishing village with busy harbour and houses with mixed architecture. Popular with artists and crafts people..

Anstruther: Once one of the busiest fishing (herring) ports in Scotland. Places of interest include:

    • The Scottish Fisheries Museum
    • The award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar (fish and chips).
    • Kellie Castle & Gardens (2 miles N.W. of Anstruther).
Anstruther, Fife, Scotland

Anstruther, Fife, Scotland

The Secret Bunker: Former regional ‘command and control’ centre dating from the Cold War.

Isle of May: A nature reserve with emphasis on wide range of bird life. Also remains of historic buildings dating from the medieval period.

Puffins on Isle of May, Scotland

Puffins on Isle of May, Scotland

Crail: Picturesque harbour  with Low Countries influenced architecture and pantile roofs Also of interest is an art gallery, pottery, antique shop and tea room. Fresh lobsters can be purchased at 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 Sands (beach).

Golfers at Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland

Golfers at Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland

Trip from Edinburgh to St Andrews taking in above sites can take a full day.

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