Most people have heard of the football team “East Fife” but very few know just where this area is located in Scotland. It is the pointed area of Scotland on the East coast just North of Edinburgh and South of Dundee. The East Neuk has its coastline on the Firth of Forth and comprises the small fishing villages of Crail, Cellardyke, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monance and the holiday resort of Elie. It is also only 15 miles from the town of St Andrews, the Home Of Golf.
This is the area of Scotland where I was brought into the World and like all birthplaces, has a very soft spot in my heart. I lived there for the first 18 years of my life. I hope that you will join me in enjoying this short pictorial tour of the area taken in July 2003.
This is the picture post card scene of Crail harbour which has been depicted on many calendars. It is a typical east coast fishing village with steep narrow streets leading down to the harbour area. Now only small boats use the harbour and it is one of the centres of the lobster and crab fishing industry of the area. Crabs are known locally as “partons”.
Cellardyke (above) is now a virtually disused small harbour but occasionally used by pleasure craft. It used to be a hive of activity in the first half of the 20th century when the herring fishing industry was in full swing. The houses were originally fisherman’s houses but can now demand huge prices as holiday and retirement homes. Has an excellent fish restaurant called “The Haven”.
Anstruther, is the home of the famous Scottish Fisheries Museum and is well worth a visit. The photograph (above right) shows the Museum. Shore Street (above) has the famous Anstruther fish and chip shop which won the prestigious award for the best UK fish and chip shop.
Cellardyke and Anstruther photographs by Phil Aitken