- The largest fishing village on this part of the Firth of Forth, Anstruther boasts a population of 3,500. Its main industry has shifted from stinky fish to busy tourism.
- Are you ready to be fascinated by the history of fishing in Scotland? Look no further than the Scottish Fisheries Museum on the harbor front in Anstruther. Packed with information on boatbuilding, the days of sail and steam, and Zulu fishing boats, this makes a great day trip from St. Andrews.
- The Anstruther Fish Bar is one of the UK’s top restaurants!
|two-anchors1_edited-1web, a photo by taystar on Flickr.|
|Aurora Borealis (1906), a photo by D.Y on Flickr.|
- Cellardyke is an easterly extension of Anstruther. Tied to the sea from its inception, the village was once called “Silverdykes” (Scots pronounce “silver” as “siller”) because of the sun’s glitter on the scales of herring that once dried on the harbor walls. The Dutch-built harbor is now more popular with pleasure craft than fishermen.
- In 2007, Cellardyke became the first place in the UK with an instance of avian influenza (bird flu). Here’s a tip: don’t bring your pet swan to Cellardyke–just in case.
- If you’re up for a little adventure, go kayaking and abseiling, or try your hand at archery, at East Neuk Outdoors.
|Skeith Stone, a photo by D.Y on Flickr.|
- This village’s claim to fame is the nearby Skeith Stone, a weathered boulder which bears the faint impression of Pictish carvings (see “Pictish Mysteries of Aberlemno“). It points to Kilrenny’s ancient Christian heritage; can you see how the eight “petals” within the ring are arranged in pairs to form a cross?
- The name “Kilrenny” may be derived in part from Cill Reithneach, meaning “church of the bracken.” The church here still possesses its 15th century tower, though the rest has been reconstructed over the years.
|Crail Harbour FIFE, a photo by G T B 2008 on Flickr.|
- This little “nook” of the world inspires artists of all sorts. Here is a snippet of Robbie Kennedy Bennett’s poem The Silver Trail to Crail:
- The Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest in the world.
- When in Scotland–golf! If you’re a passionate golfer then Kingsbarns Golf Links is the place for a splurge (it was one of the courses that hosted the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship). Reserve your April 2012 tickets now and get a whopping discount, only £175 a round!
- The king’s barns that gave this little village its name once supplied the royal residences of Crail and Falkland with grain. Long since moldered away into dust, they survive in name only.
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