FISHING VILLAGES & BEACHES: As well as in Crail itself, picturesque harbours and clean, safe beaches can be found all around the East Neuk including Elie, Pittenweem, St Monans, St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Lower Largo, Cellardyke and Anstruther, the last with it's well-renowned fish & chip shop.
HISTORY: Fife has a long and rich heritage with many attractions dating throughout the ages; from prehistoric standing stones and Celtic long barrows through medieval castles and cathedrals to a 20th century "Secret Bunker". St Andrews castle has its infamous bottle dungeon. The 17th century Bishop's Bridge still crosses the burn in the historic village of Ceres, where the oldest Highland Gathering still takes place each year. Falkland Palace is a magnificent Renaissance royal hunting lodge and contains within its beautiful gardens the oldest Royal Tennis Court in Britain, built for James V in 1539.
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY: breathtaking sea views, ancient harbours, sandy beaches and rocky coves, open countryside and wooded glades, pretty villages, palaces and castles furnished and in ruins, doo'cots (dovecots) standing lonely in fields, lochs & laws, a wide variety of flora and fauna - all inspire the creative muses and attract artists, photographers, writers and poets to this delightful corner of one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
NATURE: Fife Ness Muir is an important nature reserve where over 150 species of birds have been recorded, including numbers of migrating birds going to or from 14 European countries. Other birdwatching sites in Fife include Kilconquar Loch, Largo Bay, the Eden Estuary & Tentsmuir Forest, St Andrews Bay and the May Island which has been a nature reserve since 1956, with a large grey seal colony and populations of nesting and migrating seabirds including puffins, shags, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. Boat trips are available from Anstruther Harbour during summer months.
GOLF: there are over 30 golf courses in the Kingdom of Fife, some of the most notable being within a few miles of Crail, including St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Ladybank, Elie, Leven, Scoonie, Charlestown and of course Crail Golfing Society's two excellent links courses.
CYCLING & WALKING: Fife has one of the UK's most comprehensive cycle networks. Explore 300 miles (500km) of cycle route along quiet country lanes, disused railway lines and forest tracks as well as commuter routes in towns. For walkers, the Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north and stretches for 117 miles, passing right along the coast in Crail. The path is clearly marked and offers a range of walking experiences from the easy and level, to the wild and demanding. It can be covered in longer sections or bite sized chunks and if you're not feeling overly-energetic you may find it handy to walk out from Crail to one of the other coastal villages then return by bus!