The latest tale come from Annie Coutts, HF Holidays’ Trails Product Manager, who is very excited about the new trail holiday Best of the Fife Coast. It links some of Scotland’s most picturesque fishing villages along the coast and ends at the historic town of St Andrews with its cathedral, university, golf courses and beautiful sands stretching for miles.
“I had not spent much time in the area before this year but it is now on my top hit list for more visits. Close to Edinburgh, where you have the opportunity to visit on your day off, the East Neuk (old Scots word for corner) of Fife is truly glorious. Discovering the charming fishing villages and stone walled harbours of Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans and Elie.
On this holiday we avoid the industrial south and concentrate on the beauty that is the coastline and put it together with a day in the Lomond Hills, an island like massif of dramatic steep escarpments and wide open spaces.
We enjoy a walk taking in both East and West Lomond. The Kingdom of Fife has a long association with royalty and Falkland Palace in the pretty village of Falkland was a favourite royal holiday home. The archbisopric of St Andrew’s was the most important seat of church power in the country and home to the first University in Scotland. Fife thrived on sea trade and fishing and sitting on the harbour wall at Anstruther with a bag of fish and chips from the famous fish bar is just the best.
With fishing links to continental Europe a lot of the architecture here has Flemish origins. The variety of things as we walk along is amazing from the sandstone stacks and holes of the Caiplie Caves where the Irish monk St Aiden died at the hands of the Vikings in 875 AD to the ruins of windmills and salt pans and the winding gear of former coal yards and ruined castles.
To enjoy golden beaches, picturesque fishing villages, woodland and even a mountain to climb, birds and wildlife as well as lots of industrial history and a visit to the beautiful city of Edinburgh give this holiday a thought. It could be just what you are looking for.
A warm Scottish welcome awaits you at our accommodation for the 7 nights The Old Manor Hotel at Lundin Links, overlooking the sea. It is a family run hotel and Alastair and Morag will make sure you are well looked after. It is close to the beach and has spectacular views from the dining room. It is easily accessible from Edinburgh and the nearest train staion is Kircaldy and the hotel can organise the short taxi journey for you.”
Thank you Annie for this information tale, Fife sounds incredibly inviting!