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A week in Fife (Part 2)

Sandford Country Cottage in Fife
Sandford Country Cottage in Fife

We enjoyed our week in Fife in October 2017 so much that we decided to come back in March 2018.

 

This is part two of our travel itinerary.



 

 Fife is located in the south-easterly part of Scotland on the North Sea coast between

Edinburgh/the Firth of Forth and Dundee/the Firth of Tay.

 

As it is an ideal starting point for discovering Scotland's east coast or a nice stopover on the way to the highlands and islands, I decided to note down a little itinerary of what we saw and did within a week's time - hoping to give you a little inspiration.

 

I divided the itinerary into two halves - for part 1 please click here.


Day 5 - Edinburgh

 

As Edinburgh was only a stone's throw from our cottage we went for a short trip on day 5. It was sufficient to get a first impression (one person in our group had never been to the city before). If you would like to see more you should definitely stay a few days.

View from the parking garage to Edinburgh Castle
View from the parking garage to Edinburgh Castle
A vintage Citroën used as a food truck on Castle Esplanade
A vintage Citroën used as a food truck on Castle Esplanade

This time, we only visited the "Castle Esplanade". We strolled down the Royal Mile and had a snack at the "Albanach". One of us even tried the infamous battered chocolate bar at the "Clam Shell".

I tried a little piece and it turned out to be a lot better than it sounds. ;-)

Culinary challenge - the battered chocolate bar!
Culinary challenge - the battered chocolate bar!

The small wynds and closes on the Royal Mile are worth a look. You might find a hidden treasure like the beautifully decorated courtyard of the "Witchery" which is only a few steps away from Edinburgh Castle.

The beautiful courtyard at the "Witchery"
The beautiful courtyard at the "Witchery"

We then went down to Princes Street. We ladies (we were two couples travelling together) took a stroll through the Jenners Department Store while the guys went to the Hard Rock Café on George Street to have a beer. ;-)

A refreshing pint at the Hard Rock Café Edinburgh
A refreshing pint at the Hard Rock Café Edinburgh

After that, we returned to our cottage.

So much for our short trip to Edinburgh. :-)


Day 6 - Elie, St. Monans, Crail and Afternoon Tea

Elie, St. Monans and Crail are little fishing villages along the Fife Coastal Route and the Fife Coastal Path. Narrow streets are lined by small houses with colourful doors and you can find numerous little shops, cafés/restaurants, museums and galleries.

Elie has a beautiful sandy beach
Elie has a beautiful sandy beach
Strong winds on the beach in Elie
Strong winds on the beach in Elie
The sea draws lovely wave patterns in the sand
The sea draws lovely wave patterns in the sand

When strolling through the village we discovered this cool sign... :-)

The Scottish are trying not to take the Brexit too seriously...
The Scottish are trying not to take the Brexit too seriously...

St. Monans is the smallest fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife

("Neuk" is the Scottish word for nook or corner) and once had a flourishing fishing and salt industry.

The lovely church was built in the 14th century. Unfortunately, it was closed when we got there.

Just like in this case, lots of Scottish cemeteries have a great view!

St. Monans church was erected in the 14th century
St. Monans church was erected in the 14th century
Cemetery with a view in St. Monans
Cemetery with a view in St. Monans

We already visited Crail when we were in Fife last year. This time, I brought two coffee mugs from the pottery and I again admired the cat in the middle of all the fragile things on display. ;-)

Crail Pottery
Crail Pottery
Peeking into the Crail Pottery courtyard
Peeking into the Crail Pottery courtyard

As I have always wanted to try an afternoon tea I reserved a table at the Kitschnbake in Newport-on-Tay for the afternoon. We were served lots of spicy and sweet stuff (and you don't necessarily have to drink tea with it...)

We got tuna, ham and egg sandwiches, minced meat in a pastry crust and a stand full of scones, jam and cake.

At the end, I even got to fold a paper cow... ;-)

Afternoon Tea - before
Afternoon Tea - before
Afternoon Tea - after :-)
Afternoon Tea - after :-)
The kids at the next table invited me to fold a cow ;-)
The kids at the next table invited me to fold a cow ;-)

Day 7 - Kingsbarns Distillery and Dundee Law Viewpoint

 

On day 7, we took our friends to Edinburgh Airport first as they already had to go home. Afterwards, we went to Kingsbarns Distillery. As we had already done a guided tour in October 2017 we just browsed through the shop. 

Kingsbarns Distillery - whisky and gin are made here
Kingsbarns Distillery - whisky and gin are made here

After that, we went up to Dundee Law Viewpoint to enjoy the great view over the Firth of Tay and the Tay Bridge.

View over the Firth of Tay from Dundee Law Viewpoint
View over the Firth of Tay from Dundee Law Viewpoint

Day 8 - Departure

 

Unfortunately, we had to go home at some point... :-(

But - of course - we are already planning the next trip.

Unfortunately, every trip comes to an end
Unfortunately, every trip comes to an end
Our return ferry
Our return ferry

Thanks to my fellow travellers for letting me use some of your photos. :-)



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