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Holiday Cottage with large garden in Crail, Fife, Scotland

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About Crail

Crail is the most picturesque of the string of small fishing villages and harbours nestling along the East Neuk of Fife. Not just attracting holidaymakers, Crail has a lively, local year-round community and as well as local pubs, which also serve meals, has a number of coffee shops and two convenience stores/ newsagents, a well-stocked greengrocer, high quality traditional butcher, baker, pharmacy, wholefood, gift shops, hairdresser, gallery and of course the famous Crail pottery.

A survey by Country Life Magazine of the "best places in Britain to live" has placed the fishing village of Crail in the East Neuk of Fife in fifth place - and the only place in Scotland to make the top ten. Certainly, Crail is a pretty village, its houses with traditional crow-stepped gables and pantile roofs crowding down to its famous harbour. King David I built a castle here in the 12th century and King Robert the Bruce conferred royal burgh status in 1310. At one time, the local market was one of the largest in medieval Europe.

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The village of Crail offers excellent local amenities and the area is renowned for its coastal walks, quiet beaches and numerous golf-courses - as well as the Crail Golfing Society's courses, Kingsbarns is only three miles away and St Andrews is only 10 minutes drive. There is also a regular coastal bus service Leven-St Andrews with onward links to Leuchars railway station. Edinburgh airport is around an hour's drive. 

The Fife Coastal Path is a real walk on the wild side. Stretching for 117 miles from the Firth of Forth in the south, to the Firth of Tay in the north, the route offers an unrivalled walking experience. From the world famous Forth Bridges and finishing beyond the Tay Bridge, passing Anstruther, Cellardyke, Crail, Kingsbarns & St Andrews on the way.

Because Crail is so well established, there are few modern buildings in the heart of the village (where the property is located), these are confined to the periphery. The local fishing industry declined many years ago, now just a few local crab and lobster boats, so the village lacks too much hustle and bustle, appreciated by those seeking a restful break.

Crail is still a working harbour, with local crab and lobster catches being landed fresh from the creels each day.  Dressed crab and crab sandwiches can often be purchased at the harbourside, so you can have a picnic whilst enjoying watching the comings and goings. There is also a sandy beach right by the harbour, so you can take off your socks & shoes and have a refreshing paddle.  Another larger beach is a short walk away at Roome Bay where there is also a children's play park.

Sorry, couldn't resist another picture of fishing boats in the harbour!  When you visit Crail and its surrounds, you will find it difficult not to take lots of photographs.  The light is wonderful and different times of day give a completely different feel to the scenery.  And those of you with artistic leanings will find the creative muses inspiring you to express your talents on paper, board or canvas.