East Neuk Villages

Our name might be Short Stay St Andrews but we also offer properties in Fife’s tranquil East Neuk. This region consists of a series of coastal villages, each of which come with their own charms. Here’s a short guide to everything the region has to offer.


With two Blue Flag beaches, Elie is the perfect destination for a coastal getaway. During the summer you will get to enjoy water sports along the Forth Coast, whilst pubs are the perfect safe haven during the winter. Elie also has some fascinating history, and was once a major holiday destination for wealthy visitors from Glasgow and Edinburgh during the Victorian Era.

Even to this day it holds a high prestige among staycation destinations in Scotland. Many of the buildings in Elie have retained their Victorian era charm, with a quaint vibe. Neighbouring Earlsferry is also well worth a visit - especially if you want somewhere even quieter.

Stonesthrow Elie comes with stunning views of the coast and a cute little fireplace. Perfect all year round!


Pittenweem is a small fishing village on the Fife Coast. This idyllic fisherman culture can be seen everywhere you look - from the statues in the centre of the town to the bustling harbour during the peak fishing season. There is a fish market every morning where you can grab something fresh for dinner.

Beyond fishing, Pittenweem has a historic charm that is truly infectious. The Dutch style gables make this one of the most architecturally interesting destinations in Scotland. If you’re interested in history, Weem Witch Tours takes you through the town’s macabre past. Kellie Castle, on the other hand, is a bit of a hidden gem just outside the town.

You'll feel right at home in our nautically themed Pittenweem Harbour Apartment.


Speaking of fish, you might already have heard of Anstruther Fish Bar. The famous fish and chip shop has been visited by the likes of Prince William, Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks. It has won the Best Fish and Chip Shop in Scotland award four times. No wonder it’s a must visit on so many itineraries!

Fishing is just as popular here as it is in Pittenweem, and you can learn about the history of the trade at the Scottish Fisheries Museum. There are a few water sports activities in the area, and the sheltered harbour makes it a great spot to try out kayaking. Visiting in the summer? Take the ferry out to the Isle of May for unbeatable views across the Forth.

The Old Net Store is a cute little studio in the heart of the village - perfect for couples visiting the East Neuk.


Creatives will love this quaint little town. With one of the UKs most photographed harbours, you won’t be short of inspiration in Crail. It’s also home to some quirky boutiques where you can pick up local crafts as a souvenir of your stay.

Crail is also a great destination for foodies. The Crail Food Festival is held every June, showcasing the best of local produce. During the rest of the year you will discover inviting seafood restaurants and laid-back cafés.

Get your creative juices flowing in McHoppity House Crail, a stylish house close to all of the boutiques.


Just a little bit north of Crail, Kingsbarns is a beautiful little village that packs a mighty punch. Despite its gorgeous beaches, it doesn’t have the same visitor levels during the peak seasons - so you’ll get to enjoy a peaceful idyll all to yourself. Kingsbarns Golf Links is in the top 100 golf courses in the world, so is a great alternative to St Andrews.

There are also a few great attractions just outside Kingsbarns that are worth discovering. Kingsbarns Distillery produces both whisky and gin, with regular tours of the facility. We also love Cambo Estate and Gardens with their blissful woodland walks.

Walk straight onto the golf course from your front door at the Village Green, our property just outside the town centre.

The East Neuk is a captivating region filled with picturesque villages, tranquil scenery and unique local attractions. Want to check out everywhere mentioned in this guide? The Fife Coastal Walk runs through all of these areas villages - perfect for a summer excursion. Otherwise, they’re pretty easy to get to by car and all offer something a little different.

Thinking about visiting Fife? We offer self-catering accommodation in St Andrews and across the East Neuk. Check out our properties here, or flick us a message to learn more.

We also help holiday home owners and those that are thinking about buying holiday homes in St Andrews and the East Neuk. Check out our other website for more information on how we can help.