A 3 Day travel guide to East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

Author: | Last Updated: 15 Jun 2019

The East Neuk of Fife is a lovely coastal location in the county of Fife in Scotland. This area is home to many small and tranquil fishing villages, which are home to seaside cottages which feature pantiled roofs and crow-stepped gables. The East Neuk of Fife is a popular area with tourists all year round as the area has so much to offer from picturesque views and tranquil walks to golf courses and distilleries. This area has an independent spirit and is an unspoilt corner of Scotland.

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

Scotland’s Secret Bunker is a fascinating attraction for people of all ages, and it is certainly worth a visit. For over fifty years this bunker was one of the best kept secrets in Scotland. This attraction is located six miles from St Andrews, and it is a relic that dates back to the cold war conflict. The path into the bunker will take you one hundred feet underground and the entrance to the bunker is actually hidden within a farm house. A visit to this attraction will enable you to experience how things could have been during the cold war as the rooms are all laid out as they would have been then and there are interactive displays.

Kellie Castle

At Kellie Castle the medieval atmosphere meets with the Victorian. The oldest parts of the house date back to the 14th century however the interior was not overhauled until late 19th century by the Lorimer family, who were a famous artistic family. This house features fairytale style stone towers and crow stepped gables. The interior of the property features elaborate plastered ceilings and panel paintings, which lie alongside fine furniture. This castle is home to extensive garden grounds with magnificent borders of herbaceous plants, the air is filled with the heavy scent of roses and there are a wide range of organically grown fruit and vegetables.

St Fillian’s Cave

This is a cave that is set into natural rock behind a small metal gate in the village of Pittenweem. This cave is thought to have been a dark cave where the Irish missionary St Fillian composed his writings.  It is thought that he hid in the cave whilst trying to convert the local Picts into Christians. The cave is also thought to have been used by the nearby monastery and as a smugglers den and a prison during the witch hunts of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The cave branches into two with one leading to a blocked staircase and the other in a chapel garden.

Elie Ness Lighthouse

The village of Elie and Earlsferry merge as one and at the meeting point of the bay there is the ruins of Chapel Ness which is attributed to Earl MacDuff. Nowadays there is not really a lot of chapel remaining however from here looking eastwards it is possible to see the photogenic Elie Ness lighthouse and it is also possible to see the Lady Tower. The entire headland of Elie Ness is a nature reserve and it has footpaths that lead along the cliff tops. The halfway point of this walking route is Elie church which features a rather distinctive tower.

Kingsbarns Distillery

A visit to the Kingsbarns Distillery will provide a very interesting day out. A distillery tour is must-do activity for any tourist visit to Scotland and is highly recommended. The Kinsgbarns distillery operates three different tours that you can choose from and these suit all levels of interest. All the tours include the exhibition, a guided tour of the distillery and a chance to sample the whisky. There is also a café at this attraction where you can enjoy some tasty homemade food and beverages. There is a shop at the distillery which stocks a wide selection of Wemyss Malts, Rimauresq fines wines and Darnley’s Gins. As well as the alcohol the shop also stocks a wide range of other items including books, glasses, hip flasks, poloshirts, sweaters, beanie hats and baseball caps.

Further Information …

If you are thinking about visiting the Fife region of Scotland and would like further information, visit the Fife Tourism Authority website.


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