The Fife Coast Day 2 Elie to Anstruther

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Today started with a really lovely breakfast.  There was a yogurty creamy concoction with fruit which was served on chunky plates that had been bought in South Africa, they were as nice as the food.  A full Scottish fry up followed with toast and lots and lots of coffee. We were set up for a day walking.

Back to the car for a drive back to Elie where we had finished yesterday.  Today’s section was from Elie to Anstruther about 7 miles and of course Astruther is home to one of the best fish and chip shops in Scotland so we knew where we were going to eat.

This part of the country is called the East Neuk of Fife and is made up of lots of fishing villages.  The first village on our route was St Monans.  We stopped here for a coffee in a community cafe which sadly will close at the end of the month.

Fortified we set off again and the next village on our walk was Pitenweem which still has a busy  fish market.  Some of the cottages come very close to the sea wall and lots of them had barriers to keep out the sea but they still looked vulnerable.

The next stop was Anstruther which is a bigger town.  Just short of Anstruther we had a shower of rain which was a shame as Brian had actually shed one layer of clothes!    Anstruther is home to the Scottish Fisheries Museum, we thought we would like to go in but we didn’t have time. Anstruther is also the place where you can get a ferry to the Isle of May BUT the boats had stopped running  a couple of weeks before.  That is twice I have been thwarted in my attempts to go to see a bird colony.  Last year when we  visited Northumberland the weather conditions were stopping the boats from going out to the Farne Islands.   Maybe next time I will be lucky.  As the car was nearly 8 miles away and we didn’t want to walk back we went to the tourist office to get the times of the buses back to Elie.   Car collected it was back to Anstruther for the much anticipated fish and chips.  They didn’t disappoint.  Where else would you sit in a cafe and get your dinner served in a cardboard tray?   The fish and chips came with a slice of “plastic” bread (ok I’m a bread snob) and a cup of instant coffee.  The cutlery was real though.  Don’t ever say we don’t know how to live it up!  After “dinner” we went for a walk to the end of the pier as it had turned into a lovely evening .

 

 

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