This August we had a short break in the East Neuk of Fife. We found a highly recommended bed and breakfast in Anstruther called the Spindrift and booked up 3 nights there. It was a lovely hotel and Christine, the lady who runs it with her husband, was very friendly and helpful.
The day we arrived was a bit rainy, but it was the last day of a fair in St Andrews so we went to visit the town. There were a lot of stalls selling olives, cheese and kangaroo burgers, and there were also plenty of rides for the kids and the bigger kids.
We also discovered a little gate into part of St Andrews University. This was mildly interesting until we came across a natural history museum. We had a pleasant hour looking at all sorts of creatures, pickled and stuffed, and even a diplodocus' leg.
A little further on we found West Sands, a long stretch of beach right next to St Andrews golf course. The sky was clearing a bit so we managed to spend a bit of time on the beach, which was lovely and really clean.
At the end of our first day, and back at base, we decided we couldn't stay in Anstruther without visiting the famous Fish Bar. The queues were enormous, so we settled for a takeaway. Our fish supper was lovely but Cate's battered prawns were even better.
Our second day started sunny so we headed for the beach. Elie was only 10 minutes away and supposedly had a good beach so we went there. It was a great big long beach and not crowded at all, so we spent a good morning building sand castles and paddling in the sea.
After lunch at the chocolate shop in Pitenweem we searched for ages until we found Craigtoun Country Park, just outside St Andrews. For an entrance fee you get into the park and can use all the attractions.
We went for a game of putting, a paddle on a boat, a ride on the mini train, a visit to the playpark, a shot on the trampolines, a walk through the gardens and a game of crazy golf. Not a bad place for an afternoon's activity.
Our third day was sunny again so we walked down to Anstruther beach. It's not as big as some of the other beaches around the area, but we practically had the place to ourselves, with just another couple of families (one French) joining us throughout the morning. In fact we stayed most of the day, climbing the rocks and exploring the little cave, before walking along the shore to the harbour, where we visited the lifeboat centre and had our chips sitting in at the Fish Bar.
And Friday was our leaving day. It was rainy so we started on our way back home, stopping at North Queensferry for Deep Sea World and our lunch.
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