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Pittenweem to Crail

This walk is approximately 8 miles (13 km) and should take approximately 4 to 5 hours.

Pittenweem to Anstruther

Heading out of Pittenweem past the high cliffs looking over the Forth you will come to another links course, take care with this one as you are walking right past the golfers and any stray shots can end up in the water. This course was once trenches used in the war and the tower and ruined sheds stay visible to tell of these tales. This brings you into Anstruther, which is probably the most well known of the United Burghs of Kilrenny, Anstruther Easter and Anstruther Wester which is the official title, or Ainster as it is known by locals.

The Buckie house corner is always a favourite with the children as the unusual house that is still decorated in shells. Maggie Lauder (in song) carrying King James over the Dreel burn is quite a thought although the visitor has a choice of using stepping stones or the more unusual bridge to cross the burn. This brings you to the shorefront and a modern marina with yachts keeps the harbour alive as with the downturn in the fishing industry there are fewer of the large boats using the harbour facilities. The RNLI and the many local shops make for a busy venue in the summer. The Anstruther Fisheries Museum keeps alive the now defunct local fishing boat building scene with hundreds of exhibits showing a comprehensive fishing industry. There is also the choice to take a daily trip on the May Princess to the May Isle and visit the thousands of Puffins, seals and other wildlife on the island.

Adjoining Cellardyke or Skinfasthaven as it was originally known, has all the features of a typically Scottish village, houses with crow stepped gables and red pan tile roofs. From Anstruther harbour you can opt to walk along the stone beach until you come to Cellardyke harbour, but note that this is only accessible at low tide. Taking the road it will lead you past the 15th century Parish church and Cottage in Trades Street where the gable end follows the bend in the street and the now unseen Caddies burn which is the border between Anstruther and Cellardyke. Set a little further inland you will come to Kilrenny, a quaint little village with a beautiful parish church and a common which is a favourite place for families out walking. The discovery of carved Pictish stones nearby have indicated that a Pictish monastery existed here.

Cellardyke to Crail

Leaving Cellardyke, the path continues along the coast. Over traditional styles and through fields it is an easy walk with little or no obstacles to be concerned with. You will come across Caitley coves where the sea has eroded the coastline and created this wonderful feature. Before going round West Ness into Crail you will pass the ruins of the 16th century salt works.

Possibly Crails' most famous feature has to be the 16th century Dutch harbour which is a great attraction to artists and also to visitors who may take a fancy to some of the fresh seafood landed here. Head up the wynd into the main street where you will find plenty of refreshment stops and several shops to brows through. Passing by the market cross you come to the Parish church which is believed to have the oldest free standing tower in Fife. Continue on past the old airfield, which is now used for weekly car boot sales and car events, onto the Balcomie Golf Course. This course is the seventh oldest and through it's popularity has built a second course to cope with the demand from avid golfers. The clubhouse serves food and drink and is a welcoming site after a long days walk.


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