Fife – and particularly the east Neuk – is popular for its many lovely beaches, the coastal and woodland walks,the abundant birdlife, the quaint fishing villages, the 45 golf courses and other sporting facilities and the interesting and historic places that abound.
Upper Largo is linked to Lower Largo by a short walk owned by the Woodlands Trust. Lower Largo (the birthplace of the original Robinson Crusoe ) gives access to the Fife Coastal Path and to the beach. Watersports including windsurfing, paddle boats, sailing and water -skiing are available at Elie – 5 miles away. Elie beach and the West Sands at St Andrews and several others have Blue Flag status.
Golfers are spoilt for choice in the area with 60 courses to choose from including those at St Andrews, the Home of Golf. There are several golf courses within 15 minutes (and less!) from the cottage and all of the rest of the 45 are within an hours drive. The courses of Tayside and Perthshire are also within easy reach. The cottage is well placed for those attending the Golf Open or the Dunhill Golf in St Andrews which is 9 miles away. A non-stop direct bus runs every hour from Upper Largo – so no parking problems!
There are tennis courts in Lundin Links (1 Mile away) and an indoor swimming pool in Leven (3 miles away).
There are many good walks in the area – the Fife Coastal Path which runs all the way around the Fife coast and locally Keil’s Den -another Woodlands Trust property as well as the 2 mile beach at St Andrews round to the Eden estuary. A book of walks is available at the cottage and also an ordnance survey map!
Birdwatchers are well catered for with the RSPB property, Vane Farm, nearby as well as reserves at the Eden Estuary and on the Isle of May (an hours boat trip) in addition to the great variety on the beach and even at the cottage.
There are many historic places to visit in the area. St Andrews is a medieval university town as well as being the Home of Golf and the cathedral and Castle are well worth a visit. For golfers there is the British Golf Museum.
There are several National Trust properties in the area including Falkland Palace, Culross, Kellie Castle and the Hill of Tarvit. Dunfermline Abbey, Inchcolm Abbey ( a short boat trip away on the island of Inchcolm) and the May Island are also good day trips. Dundee is only a little further over the Tay Bridge and has has some fine visitor attractions. Edinburgh with its innumerable places of interest is an hour away as are Stirling and Perth.
|Fife Tourist Board||www.standrews.com|
|The Fife Coastal Path||www.fifecoastalpaths.com|
|Millenium Cycle Ways||www.fife-cycleways.co.uk|
|National Trust for Scotland||www.nts.org.uk|
|Anstruther Pleasure Trips (May Island)||www.isleofmayferry.com|
|Golf in St Andrews & The Kingdom of Fife||www.fifegolf.com|
|Golf’s Historic Heartland||www.eastofscotlandgolf.com|
|East of Scotland Golf||www.eastofscotlandgolf.com|