St Andrews Aquarium
Nestled on St Andrews’dramatic north facing cliffs, with stunning views of the famous west sands and St Andrews Bay, St Andrews Aquarium boasts one of the finest coastal locations in the historic town.
Step through our doors and be transported into an underwater world of adventure and discovery. Come face to face with some of the most beautiful, fascinating and dangerous creatures of the watery worlds. From British sharks to spiders, lobsters to lionfish, poison dart frogs to piranhas, loveable seals……and not to forget our fabulous meerkats.
Get up close and personal with our daily interactive demonstrations which include penguin feeding at 2pm, a reptile and spider handling sessions at 11.20am and 2.20pm and an informative talk and feeding sessions with our family of meerkats at 12.20pm and 3.20pm.
St Andrews Botanic Gardens
The St Andrews Botanic Garden is an 18-acre botanical garden in the university town of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. It is located on the banks of the wooded Kinness Burn in the Canongate area, on the southern edge of the town. The gardens are supported by the University of St Andrews and Fife Council, and by admission charges. The garden is included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland
Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve
Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve is located southeast of Tayport in Fife, Scotland. The reserve is made up of three parts, encompassing Morton Lochs, Tentsmuir Point and Tayport Heath, and is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. The different sections of Tentsmuir NNR were originally designated as separate national nature reserves at different times:The Morton Lochs section was designated in 1952;Tentsmuir, in 1954;and Tayport Heath, in 1988. While these discrete sections are distant from one another, they form part of the extensive dune system at Tentsmuir, and in 2003 SNH combined the three sites to become Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve. The adjoining Tentsmuir Forest is managed by Forestry and Land Scotland and covers most of the land between the three portions of the NNR.
East Neuk Outdoors
East Neuk Outdoors is a family-run outdoor activity centre on Fife’s scenic east coast in Cellardyke by Anstruther. We offer a range of outdoor activities for individuals, families and groups including 'come and try' sessions, half-day, full-day or multi-day options.
Our qualified and caring staff will ensure your time with us is spent learning new skills in an enjoyable and safe environment.
Our activities at the centre are:
Bushcraft and Firemaking
Team Building activities
Climbing and Abseiling
East Neuk Outdoors
Medieval atmosphere meets Victorian style at Kellie Castle. The oldest parts date back to the 14th century, but the whole interior was overhauled in the late 19th century by famous artistic family the Lorimers.
Crow-stepped gables and fairytale stone towers form the outer frame, while indoors elaborate plaster ceilings and painted panelling lie alongside fine furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, who spent much of his childhood at Kellie Castle. Outside, take a wander through the Arts &Crafts garden with its magnificent herbaceous borders, filled with the heavy scent of old roses, along with fruit and vegetables which are all grown organically.
The May Island
The Isle of May is great place to walk, watch wildlife or see historical buildings. From April to July it comes alive with breeding birds. Throughout the year there are seals around the island with numbers peaking in the Autumn. From August to September there is more freedom to explore its long human history. A map is available showing the best bits to visit and giving a top ten things to do on the May.
The Isle of May lies in the mouth of the Firth of Forth, south of the Fife coast and north of the Lothian coast. Boat trips to the Isle of May depart from Anstruther and North Berwick.
Up to five hour round trip including time to explore the island, 100 seats (35 covered), refreshments, toilet, partial disabled access, parking (20m), bus stop (East Shore - 10m).
Anstruther Pleasure Trips - Booking/info 07957 585200 email firstname.lastname@example.org website www.isleofmayferry.com
The fast RIB Osprey (open to the elements) suitable for groups up to 12 giving 2 to 3 hours on the island or non-landing round island trips. Isle of May boat trips www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk email email@example.com Phone number: 07473 631671
Four hour round trip including time to explore the island. Depending on when you land trips are either accompanied by a guide or you are free to explore on your own:please check with the Seabird centre when booking. Travel is on a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) which is open to the elements;waterproofs will be provided.
The May Island
The May Princess
Anstruther Pleasure Cruises
The May Princess sails from Anstruther to the beautiful Isle of May almost every day from 1st April to 30th September. Licensed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency to carry 100 passengers, she has been operating on this run for the last fifteen years. The trip on the boat lasts from around 4.5 to 5 hours in total, which includes 2.5 to 3 hours ashore on the Island, and if the weather allows a slow circumference of the Island by the boat to allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife from the sea. On board enjoy the commentary and assistance during the trip from our experienced Skipper and crew, who will try and make your day out a most memorable one. The boat also has a small snack bar and toilets.
The May Island as it is known locally is a remarkable island which lies only 5 miles off the Fife coast and is an important National Nature Reserve owned and run by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and is open for visitors from the beginning of April until the end of September. Christened the jewel of the Forth by Anstruther Pleasure Cruises many years ago for good reason, this is truly a beautiful Island, peaceful with stunning views everywhere.
SNH have rangers stationed on the Isle of May during this time to make your visit more enjoyable and informative, they will greet you on the pier when you arrive, give a short talk on the latest information concerning the wildlife and they will also patrol the island during your visit. Isle of May is home to an incredible array of wildlife, up to 250,000 seabirds can nest on the May, which can include 120,000 Puffins, there are also big colonies of Guillemots, Razorbills and Shags (best time for Puffins is from April to mid-August ) also about 150 seals live all year round on Isle of May. Porpoise and Dolphin and the odd whale can be seen, you just have to be on the trip on the right day and be a bit lucky.
The Isle of May can lay claim to having Scotland's oldest Bird Observatory, which was founded in 1934 and manned by volunteers between March and November, the remains of a 12th Century Monastery built in memory of St Adrian martyred on the island by Norsemen in the year 875 and the oldest light house in Scotland dating back to 1636.
The May Princess
Anstruther Fisheries Museum
Situated in a wonderful collection of historic buildings on the harbour of a small and beautiful fishing port, we are a charitable trust which has become a national institution with an international reputation.
Our principal aim, in all of our efforts with regard to the displays in our extensive museum and our many educational and research activities, is to excite informed interest in the development of the Scottish commercial fishing industry among people of all ages in and beyond Scotland. The core story that we have to tell is the history of how, through a constant process of innovation, the Scottish fisheries became such an important part of the lives of so many Scots.
Our collections are truly inspiring. They permit us to exhibit wonderful examples of historic fishing boats and gear. They help us to illustrate the geography and social structures of our fishing communities. They allow us to honour their ways of life, skills, customs, dress, creativity and resilience, and to improve understanding of the various external circumstances, environmental, technological, political and commercial, which had and still continue to have such an impact upon them.
We take seriously the responsibilities that come with our belonging to a very special section of Scottish society, to men and women who, over the centuries, have faced both natural and man-made adversity and yet maintained a proud tradition and a distinct, but open, culture. In celebrating their achievements, we are proud to welcome all of our visitors, young and old, to an experience that will be both highly entertaining and informative.
Scottish fisheries Museum
ELIE WATERSPORTS is situated in the popular holiday resort of Elie in Fife.
The sandy curve of Elie Bay encloses a wonderful expanse of sheltered water, making it the finest setting for beginners on Scotland's East Coast. Beyond the bay, the open sea offers a challenge to the more proficient participant.
The Activities offered by Elie Watersports can be participated in on a casual basis with or without instruction or in the form of more structured courses working towards National Governing body qualifications.
Elie Watersports is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre and is licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA).
SafetyYour safety is our priority. A rescue boat is on stand-by at all times, buoyancy aids are provided and qualified first aiders are on hand.
Fife Coastal Path
There is so much for you to discover on the Fife Coastal Path. Stretching for 117 miles from the Firth of Forth in the south, to the Firth of Tay in the north, the route offers an unrivalled walking experience.
The route offers a range of walking experiences from easy and level, to wild and demanding. Whether completed in smaller sections or as a long distance route, there is definitely something for everyone.
From the cosmopolitan atmosphere of St.Andrews to the former coal mining towns of central Fife. The small fishing villages of the East Neuk to the bustling industrial areas of the west, rugged cliffs, award winning beaches, internationally important estuaries and wildlife reserves, walking the Fife Coastal Path is an experience not to be missed.
Whether you are looking for peace and tranquillity or action and adventure the Fife Coastal Path can offer you this and much, much more.
The Fife Coastal Path is one of Scotland's Great Trails and is part of Fife's Core Path network which helps to increase access to green space and establsih links between neighbouring communities.
Fife Coastal Path
Crail Airfield is a 350 acre site, situated in the East Neuk of Fife, ten minutes South of St Andrews, only an hour and a half from the Forth Road Bridge.
The north side of the airbase contains the barracks and mess areas, while the south is home to runways, associated buildings and events arena. Crail Airfield is renowned as one of the country's best kept Second World War naval air base's, which formally known as HMS Jackdaw then became HMS Bruce. With four main runways, the airfield contains two large hangars, an old cinema/gymnasium and many other class/barrack style buildings, some of which are presently in use for light industrial and agriculture production.
The events arena holds a diverse range of events that run throughout the year,including
Scotland's Drag Strip (The Crail Thrash)
Sunday Markets/Car Boot Sales
Film Sets/Location/Studio and pre-booked fly ins.
The majority of events take place at the weekends, but those wishing to visit the facility during the week can do so by prior arrangement.
The Osprey Sea Tours
We offer exceptional wildlife and nature boat tours aiming to give the best experience possible for our trips to the Isle of May, round the island or simply a fun trip up the coast. Our trips are enjoyed by people of all ages from children to our more experienced customers.
The Isle of May is an absolute treasure and owned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). It is open for visitors from start of April till end of September. SNH have rangers who live on the island during this time whose aim is to make your visit more enjoyable and informative. They will greet you on the pier when you arrive, give a short talk including the latest goings on with the wildlife and patrol the island during your visit.
Anster Cheese Farm
Our family have been local farmers in the East Neuk of Fife since the 1930s using the same traditional methods today to ensure that the grass grows lush and green, the crops yield as good a crop as the Scottish weather will allow, and our happy, healthy cows produce top quality milk.
We started to make our cheese in January 2008 which is when we started the St Andrews Cheese Company, and it is our home bred herd of Holstein Friesians that provide the main ingredient –a real field to plate experience. In May of 2008 we opened our coffee shop where you can watch the cheese being made through our Viewing Gallery windows, enjoy delicious home baking or lunch and of course sample our range of award winning cheeses; Anster, Red Anster, Mature Anster, Smoked Anster and St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar. On a clear day you can sit outside the coffee shop on the balcony and enjoy the panoramic views down across the fields towards the Firth of Forth and beyond.
A lifeboat was first commissioned in Anstruther, Fife, Scotland in 1865. Since then 7 lifeboats have served the sea-going community.
Today the Anstruther RNLI station at has the all-weather Mersey class "Kingdom of Fife" and a inshore-operating IB1 class inflatable.
Since the foundation of the RNLI in 1824 its lifeboat crews have saved over 140,000 lives.
Craigtoun Park has plenty of attractions for visitors of all ages!
Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office for the following amenities which open for the season each year:
Rio Grande Railway
Puffin’Billy Tractor Rides
The Boating Lake
Pedal Cars (Under 7s only)
The following can be enjoyed for free, all year round:
The park itself
Adventure play area
The Fairy Glen
Ovenstone 109 Brewery
Ovenstone 109 is a new brewery in the East Neuk of Fife. We produced our first beer in 2018
A tour will cost you nada, zip, hee haw or in plain speak, nothing at all. You just pop in. In the future we'll do the whole nine yards brew experience where you join the team for a brew. But until we then all you need to do is turn up with a smile and we'll show you round. Don't be surprised if we ask you to hold something or answer the phone though. Our multi tasking has its limits.
Scotlands Secret Bunker
For 50+ years, Scotland kept a secret!
6 Miles from St Andrews lies a secret, a relic left over from the cold war conflict.
100ft underground with the entrance hidden in an unsuspecting farm house is RAF Troywood.
RAF Troywood is an "R3" style ROTOR bunker built by the RAF is 1953 in response to the threat of nuclear war with the USSR.
Troywood is 24,000sq feet of command centre, incorporating the latest radar technology of the cold war era, dormitory, plotting rooms and kitchen facility’s to name a few.
We could go on but why don’t you come and see for yourself, how they would have survived, and you wouldn’t
St Andrews Cathedral
Explore the remains of Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church. Even in its ruinous state, the cathedral remains a prominent landmark highly visible from the sea.
- Find out how the cathedral dominated Scottish religion until 1560, as headquarters of the medieval Scottish Church
- Marvel at its scale –the cathedral was the seat of Scotland’s leading bishops (and, from 1472, archbishops)
- Learn about the site used for worship since at least the 700s, when St Andrew’s relics are said to have been brought here
- Get up close to Scotland’s most complete and imposing enclosure walls, encircling the cathedral precinct
- View early and later medieval sculpture and other relics found on the site in the cathedral museum
- Climb to the top of the 33m tall St Rule’s Tower for spectacular views across St Andrews and Fife
Visit our 5-star distillery and visitor centre in the East Neuk of Fife for whisky and gin tours, tastings and delicious local food served in our cafe. We have 3 types of whisky distillery tours suitable for all levels of whisky interest. We are also running tours of the new Darnley's Gin Distillery called "Discover Darnley's". You can either book online or by phone to avoid disappointment.
V&A Museum Dundee
The first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee provides a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.
Admission to the V&A is free of charge however some of the exhibitions may carry an extra charge.
The musuem is open 10-5pm.
The Scottish Deer Centre
We are situated in the Fife Countryside and covers over 55 acres.
Our collection includes 12 species of Deer from around the world, Fife's only Wolf Pack, Otters and other rare Scottish species including the Wildcat.
We also host Raptor World Bird of Prey centre! Spend your day looking at our many species with play areas inside and out for the children, ranger tours and daily bird of prey shows.
Tickets can be purchased before or on arrival.
Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze
Carnie fruit farm and mega maze is a popular local award winning landmark set in a beautiful fife countryside.
We have a farm shop, a chance for all to pick their own fruit, mega maze, children activities and indoor/outdoor country cafe.
Ardross Farm Shop
The Pollock family warmly welcome you to our award winning farm shop nestled in the picturesque East Neuk of Fife. Looking over the beautiful Firth of Forth, Ardross Farm Shop reconnects you with fresh, local, inspiring food from the farm and the surrounding area along with an abundance of produce from Scotland’s natural larder.
Arrive to a mouth watering display of freshly picked vegetables straight from our farm. Our cabbages are so fresh they squeak, our broccoli sparkles with the morning dew and our freshly dug carrots perfume the shop with a sweet earthy smell. Freshly baked local bread tempts you further inside where our fantastic team can tantalise you with an array of specially selected products for food lovers!
Both our parents are from farming families. Muddy Boots in Fife is part of the farm that our great-grandfather first bought in the 1930s.
During the 1950s our Grandma started the first ‘farm shop’on the farm, selling freshly harvested vegetables from the back door of the farm house.
In 2004, Mum started selling raspberries from our family tent at the bottom of the farm drive. The following year, Muddy Boots was created and we moved production into a poly tunnel. We expanded the range of fruit and veg that we grew and started bringing in other local produce.
Today we have a farm shop, café, and play area, with the whole family actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business. Join us for a family fun day out!
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