Monthly Archives: March 2014

In the Fresh Air

Nature lovers who also enjoy walking might well enjoy the taking on a stretch of the 117 mile Fife Coastal Path. St. Andrews to Elie is a pleasant walk and one can make stops along the way. Another coastal attraction is the daily excursion by boat from Anstruther to the Isle of May. It leaves tourists on the island for about six hours so they can explore the unusual flora and fauna, including the famed puffins, before returning.  This might be a good time to take in the fish and chips at The Anstruther Fish Bar, reputedly the best spots for fish and chips in Fife.

Perhaps more quaint is Crail.  The harbor is old, but still busy, used mostly by fishermen.  The walk leading to the harbor begins at one end of the town and follows a walkway which winds ‘round the edge of town, looking over the rocky coast, and sheltered on the other side by retaining walls or backs of  houses that must enjoy splendid views of the ever-changing seascape.  The winding lanes of the village could be from a different century; little has changed in this fishing village, but thankfully much has been preserved.

In nearby Elie, the Watersports Centre offers all kinds of opportunities to test the waters.  Since the North Sea is pretty chilly (cold in fact), wetsuits are advisable for many of the activities, and available to rent.  Then the adventurous can try sailing, canoeing, pedal-boating, or para-sailing.

Horseback riding is a popular sport in the area. One neat idea I came across is a two-hour Pub Ride offered by the Barbarafield Riding School on a farm near Cupar, Fife. They have lots of other activities too, and lessons. Another facility is a bit further afield, also in the countryside: The Scottish Equestrian Centre.

While out in the countryside, a little clay shooting can be fun for some: The Scottish Clay Shooting Centre is the closest to St. Andrews. A more family oriented activity center where shooting is just one of the items on the menu  is Cluny Clays. This facility about a half hour from St. Andrews offer activities for all age levels and interests aside from shooting. They even have an extensive indoors play area for children.