Last month we enjoyed a Scotland stay-cation in the central belt. As part of our 10 days down south, we enjoyed catching up with family and friends, but we also enjoyed a couple of trips. One of these was spending a couple of nights in the East Neuk of Fife. This post will concentrate on Crail, and next week I’ll be posting about Anstruther and Pittenweem.
Our base for two nights was The Love Shack (A compact cabin for two + pooch) just a 15 minute drive from St Andrews. It was cosy and comfortable, and the good weather allowed us to enjoy the view over the Firth of Forth with a cider in hand.
Crail is the easternmost village of the East Neuk, and the only one that we hadn’t previously visited when we lived in Fife from 2011-2012. We were in Fife last year for a wedding (which included a quick visit to Bowhouse) and our trip then prompted us to come back this year!
It’s a perfect place to wander about. There are some absolutely stunning properties and it is obvious that the residents take pride in the appearance of their houses and gardens.
Bunting always makes a place look cheery and welcoming, doesn’t it? Red, white and blue flags were strewn the length of Crail high street.
There were also flower boxes and hanging baskets as far as they eye could see.
We weren’t quite ready for a coffee at this point, but I loved this retro look of the East Neuk Hotel.
As we made our way to the harbour, the houses continued to get quainter.
Our pit shop for mid-morning tea and cake was Crail Harbour Gallery & Tearoom. We nabbed a outside table with a view towards the Isle of May (dogs welcome outside) but the inside of the tearoom looked lovely too.
Our scones and hot drinks went down very well. I would say that as scones go, these were pretty much perfect.
Now sustained to continue our wandering, buildings down the rest of the hill started to have a much more nautical theme.
Did you spot the lobsters in the house above?
The pristine whitewashed buildings are beautiful, especially when set against the darker harbour walls.
This is a working harbour which sees resident creel boats head out to get a catch.
A small lobster hut takes in the catch and cooks the seafood while you wait. You can’t get fresher than that!
Of course, there’s always the gulls (Scorries as they are known in Caithness) who would love a taste, but keep that precious catch for youself!
Heading back up the hill, we had more gorgeous buildings to admire.
We reached a lovely viewpoint over the harbour and across the small bay before heading inland to Crail Pottery.
Once you’re in the gated courtyard, you are surrounded with a haven of stoneware, terracotta planters and painted earthenware.
There’s even more once you get inside and up the stairs, and there’s room to spot any pottery making in process.
We couldn’t resist pottering (ahem) around, and we were able to find a couple of gifts as well as a jug for me and an espresso cup for him.
Wonderful souvenirs of a lovely restful day, which was relatively tourist free – surprising for mid July!