Exploring the East Neuk
Bowhouse solves a problem that many areas suffer from, connecting farm produce directly with local restaurants and shoppers. You can see all the homegrown goodness that farmers have to offer and try out a few new things while you're there! Set up in an open plan warehouse building, you can get into the bustle of the market with cover overhead for those days when the weather isn't great!
Beautiful, breathtaking, and free. The Fife Coastal Path offers you an endless amount of scenic walks that take you through areas you may not be able to explore properly on foot.
For the golf lovers amongst you, the East Neuk of Fife is the perfect, central spot for reaching many of Scotland's most popular golf courses including Leven Links and, the world famous, St Andrew's Old Course. With some fantastic views across the Firth of Forth on Burntisland Golf House Club and the warm welcome of Anstruther Golf Course, you'll be spoilt for choice of where to visit first!
If you're looking to set out in the sea, then the Isle of May Boat Trips are perfect for you and the whole family. These trips are ideal for those who want to catch a glimpse of local wildlife including Puffins and Dolphins, get some fantastic photos of the Firth of Forth, or even just wanting to soar across the water in a boat!
Want to do something more adventurous than a round of golf? Check out East Neuk Outdoors. This family-run business offers a range of outdoor activities, from kayaking to archery. There is something thrilling to suit everyone and you're sure to have a fantastic day, or two, in whatever activity you choose to embark on!
When you're feeling more creative, you might fancy checking out local artists and their work while visiting the East Neuk. The Open Studios is a cultural trail through the area with over 50 local artists showing off their latest works and hosting workshops for those visiting the area. From St Monans and Pittenweem, to Crail and Cellardyke, there is so much to see and do that you'll leave inspired!
All the jokes you have to make about this attraction being secret have already been made! Scotland's Secret Bunker is heavily sign-posted throughout the area, making its name a touch ironic, and the locals know! This attraction takes a look back at the chilling time of the Cold War when the threat of nuclear war was high. The bunker was built in the 1950's as a regional command centre and is located 30m underground!
You can't visit the East Neuk without treating yourself to a fish supper (or two!) from the local chippies. Anstruther Fish Bar is widely recognised as the best fish & chips in Britain (probably), a claim that has been backed up by the awards they have won in recent years! You can't miss out on this coastal classic when you are in the area.
We used St Monans for a base to explore the East Neuk for a weekend, but there are many more coastal towns around the area. We love the peaceful feeling of this town and are sure you will too. Grab a bite to eat at The Diving Gannet - a lovely harbour cafe that offers high-quality food and a friendly atmosphere.
Looking for somewhere to stay in St Monans? Harbour Heights is the perfect spot!