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As you might expect from the ancestral home of Scotland’s monarchs, Fife has a rich heritage and some wonderful historic attractions, as well as a stunning coastline, quiet beautiful countryside and one of the highest concentrations of top class golf courses in Britain.

This small county is packed with a great diversity of landscapes, extending from the Firth of Forth in the south which includes Dunfermline (Scotland’s former capital) and the famous Forth Road and Rail bridges, to St. Andrews and the rural north. All along extends its eastern coastline with pretty bays, dramatic cliffs, Blue Flag sandy beaches and old fishing villages.

St. Andrews is well known for its golf courses and is home to Royal and Ancient Golf Course. But in addition the town, which is Scotland’s oldest university town, has a charming old-world feel and is close to an expansive beach. St Andrews cathedral may be a shadow of its former self, but well worth visiting. You can spend hours exploring the history and admiring the views here.

Exploring to the south of St. Andrews the coastline is dotted with small fishing villages, such as Crail, Anstruther, Pittenween, East Nuek and St. Monans. The Fife Coastal Path extends along this coastline and is perfect for bracing walks and magnificent sea views, where if you’re lucky you might see Grey seals, dolphins and basking sharks. Boat trips are available from Anstruther to the Isle of May where many sea birds nest at certain times of the year.

Of note is Falkland Palace, which was a rather regal holiday home for many Stuart monarchs, including Mary, Queen of Scots. Beautifully maintained, you can explore the palace and gardens at your leisure – including Britain’s oldest tennis court. Also of interest are Kellie Castle and Garden which dates back to the 14th century and contains fascinating interiors and lovely wooded gardens.

For those looking for an active holiday Fife has plenty of activities for all ages from great walking and biking trails to horse riding and clay pigeon shooting to first class water sports.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration of the region take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Fife.

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  • Walker’s Neuk

    Anstruther

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SSAF


    Walker’s Neuk is an immaculately presented, ground floor cottage apartment situated in the charming fishing village of Anstruther. Renovated to a very good standard and thoughtfully furnished for comfort and ease, it creates a wonderful atmosphere for a relaxing holiday. This is just the ticket for exploring the cobbled streets, little alleyways and working fishing harbour, where you can watch the fishermen land their catch. Award-winning fish and chip shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, local shops and galleries are all within a few minutes’ walk, or take a boat trip to the Isle of May and visit the world-renowned bird sanctuary and nature reserve, famous for puffins, grey seals and other wildlife. Enjoy leisurely walks along the Fife Coastal Path, which runs through the village, and visit historic castles, pretty fishing villages and many beautiful beaches and coves. The area is famous for golf courses, with a challenging 9-hole course along the shore and many links courses in the surrounding areas. The sunny back garden is set over two levels and is shared with the upper apartment. It is the perfect place from which to relax after a day exploring the area. From the upper level garden you can enjoy beautiful sea views of the Bass Rock and over the Firth of Forth towards North Berwick, or on cooler days, curl up in front of the wood-burning stove with a glass of wine.
    The land at East Green in Anstruther was originally common ground, but in 1221 the Balmerino Monks were granted the right to pasture four cows and one horse. The monks businesses grew and small workshops were soon built to facilitate this. Walker’s Neuk was built in front of the site of their workshops in the 18th century, and workshop chimneys still jut out from one of the walls in the secluded gardens. Walker’s Neuk used to house the local blacksmith, whose brass founding facilities were kept busy making horseshoes for the horses that were working just along the road at the old gasworks. The upper apartment still has the iron bar on display where the forge door used to hang. Across the road is the birthplace of Andrew Waid, a local benefactor whose legacy is the foundation of the local secondary school in 1886. During the 1730s and 1780s the British Government received grants to set up whaling ports, some of this money came to Anstruther and in a land between Waid’s home and Hadfoot Wynd, a boiling house was erected. Two whalers called ’The Rising Star’ and ’Hawk’ worked for the company. Unfortunately, Anstruther could not compete with the other two main whaling ports on the east coast of Scotland, and the company dissolved leaving behind the legacy of Whale Close. The site of the boiling houses is now home to The Fisheries Museum. St Andrews is 9 miles away, and Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth and Gleneagles are all within an hour’s drive. Beach 200 yards. Shop and pub 200 yards, Michelin star rated restaurant 100 yards.

    Step to entrance. Large open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area, TV and tiled floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed (can be twin on request) and TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Gas, electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Three Freeview TVs (Youview/BT sport package)
    • Blu-ray
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared, enclosed lawned terraced garden with courtyard and furniture
    • On road parking
    • Cycle store
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steep, uneven steps and unfenced drop in upper garden

  • Hendersons Way

    Crail near Anstruther

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC526041
    In the heart of the picturesque conservation village of Crail and just a minutes walk from the picture-postcard harbour and award-winning sandy beach, Hendersons Way is the perfect location for friends and family to explore the Eask Neuk of Fife and all it has to offer. You can explore the timeless wynds and streets of this charming fishing village which is also well-known for arts, crafts, galleries and potteries, or enjoy leisurely walks along the Fife Coastal Path with spectacular sea views, sandy beaches and coves. Alternatively, why not try your hand at sea fishing (licence required) available nearby? Freshly caught seafood is popular in the local restaurants, with fresh lobster being a speciality.

    Just a short drive along the coast is St Andrews with historic buildings, an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes and shops, and of course its championship golf courses. The area is famous for golf with around 50 golf courses in the Kingdom of Fife. Crail boasts two courses; Balcomie Course which is the seventh oldest course in the world, and Craighead Links.

    This is a great spot for all ages to enjoy, and this spacious, detached holiday home provides comfortable, contemporary accommodation to relax and unwind in after a day exploring. At the end of the day, why not enjoy a glass of wine on the sunny south-facing patio and plan the next day’s activities?

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating with underfloor heating to the ground floor and comprises:
    Lounge: Large with wooden floor, 34" Freeview TV with Amazon Fire TV stick.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with wooden floor, breakfast area, electric oven, induction hob, microwave/oven/grill, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and patio doors leading to garden.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and single bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Telephone for incoming calls only. Small, enclosed patio with lawed area and furniture. BBQ. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 1 step in garden.

  • May House

    Crail

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 24743

    This semi detached, contemporary holiday home is on the edge of the picturesque village of Crail just 9 miles from St Andrews. Within easy reach of the little beach at Roome Bay and close to the links golf courses of Balcomie and Craighead. Light, spacious and elegantly furnished this is a delightful holiday base from which to enjoy the East Neuk. Take boat trips from Anstruther to the Isle of May to see puffins, porpoises and seals, the Sea Life centre in St Andrews along with interesting shops, café bars and the excellent Byre Theatre. Golf clubs and fishing rods are available. Shop ½ mile, pub 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Utility room. Games room with pool table. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity and towels included. Bed linen hire. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Playstation. Wii. Gas hob. Electricity double oven. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Rockvale Cottage

    Lower Largo, nr. St Andrews

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC164

    Discover this delightful, seafront, 200 year old fisherman’s cottage with direct access to the beach and stunning views over the Firth of Forth, Isle of May and Bass Rock. Extensively renovated and immaculately presented, providing spacious, contemporary accommodation with the beach at your back gate! In the Temple area of the pretty seaside conservation village of Lower Largo, it is believed to be the land owned by the Knights of Templar who were brought to Scotland during the 12th century by King David I.
    The enclosed garden overlooks the beach, and from your doorstep you can enjoy leisurely walks along the beach, or explore this attractive village and its pretty harbour. This is the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk whose story of his shipwreck off the coast of Chile provided Daniel Defoe with the inspiration to write Robinson Crusoe, and whose statue is in the village. There is a local store, craft shop, local pub and restaurant, sailing club and Lundin Links Golf Club. There is a great selection of golf courses in the area, and the championship courses of St Andrews are only 11 miles away.
    You can follow the Fife Coastal Path to pretty fishing villages and sandy beaches and coves, explore Iron Age caves and view wildlife, including a variety of seabirds and colonies of seals. Aside from all this, the Kingdom of Fife is home to some outstanding summer arts festivals, many historic sights and great hill walking.
    Whatever you choose to do during your stay you can rest assured that the luxury of Rockvale Cottage awaits your return. Put your feet up and relax in front of the wood-burning stove with a glass of wine in the large, comfortable living room, or step outside and admire this picture postcard setting and watch the sun set over Largo Bay. Anstruther, 10 miles, St Andrews, 11 miles, Dundee, 23 miles and Edinburgh, 38 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. Living room with wood-burning stove, leading to sun room with patio doors to patio and decking. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, patio doors to decking, balcony and steps down to garden. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with TV, Playstation 2 and games. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling. Most rooms with sea views.

    Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs (one 40", one 18")
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Playstation 2 (small library)
    • Induction hob
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washer/dryer
    • Tumble dryer (in garage)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Enclosed garden
    • Enclosed patio with chimenea
    • Barbecue
    • Summerhouse
    • Garage (for 1 car); additional parking in public car park (200 yards)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 6 steps from gate to beach.

  • Gordons Hall Cottage

    Carnbee, nr. Anstruther

    Grade
    10
    5
    1
    3
    Ref: SYYR

    Situated in a peaceful and scenic, rural setting, with panoramic views of the River Forth and East Neuk of Fife coastline, Gordons Hall Cottage is the ideal location in which to relax and enjoy the area and all it has to offer with friends and family. Accessed by a rough track, this self catering cottage is one of a pair, and has been lovingly restored by the owners, offering a sunny secure private garden with raised vegetable beds and a greenhouse, from which you may enjoy the salad crops and tomatoes when in season. The conservatory and patio area are ideal for relaxing in with a glass of wine after a long day exploring the local area. Close to beautiful sandy beaches of St Monans, Pittenweem, Crail and Anstruther, there is no shortage of hill walks, bridle paths and cycle tracks. Kellie Castle, with its beautiful walled garden, is within a mile and the historic university town of St Andrews, with its world famous championship golf courses, is only 8 miles away, together with many other local golf courses in the area, making this an ideal location for a golfing holiday. Edinburgh airport is 45 miles. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove and piano. Large kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Utility. Conservatory. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, dressing room, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet, one with 6ft bed. Bathroom with corner Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle, twin wash basins and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. All first floor rooms with sloping ceiling. All bedrooms with TV.

    • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two high chairs
    • Six Freeview TVs (one 40")
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • 5 ring gas hob included
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Gas barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond and step in garden

  • Balwearie Mill - Balwearie Mill

    Kinghorn, nr. Kirkcaldy

    Grade
    10
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: 30225

    Balwearie Mill (ref 30225) and Balwearie Mill Cottage (30226) are situated in a small hamlet adjacent to the 3rd tee at Kirkcaldy Golf Course. The properties are accessed via a track road and are situated in a peaceful and scenic rural location, ideally placed for enjoying the beautiful countryside of Fife. There is no shortage of hill walks, bridle paths and cycle tracks. The nearby seaside villages of Kinghorn, Burntisland and Aberdour, which form the “Fife Riviera”, are only a short drive away. Edinburgh and Perth are both within a 30-minute drive. In addition there are numerous, renowned local golf courses in the area, and St Andrews, the home of golf, is only 25 miles away. The indoor swimming pool (Balwearie Mill only), the outdoor hot tub and sunny secure garden with extensive patio areas are ideal for relaxing after a long day exploring the local area. Balwearie Mill and Balwearie Mill Cottage can be booked together to accommodate up to 15 guests and are ideal for families or friends who wish to be together but have some privacy. Beach 3 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub 1 mile and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast bar, patio doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Games room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with sloping ceilings and en-suite bathroom with sunken bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, one with additional bunk (double bed with single over for children), Velux and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Cable TV. Xbox 360. Electric Aga. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with childrens swings. Patio with terrace, decking, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Gas barbecue. Indoor heated swimming pool with shower and changing facilities. Games room with snooker table.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Cycle store. Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in the grounds

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