Self-Catering Cottage near St Andrews

Walk to the shops on your self-catering holiday

The village of Crail is only 10 miles from St Andrews and offers a unique way of shopping which has all but died out in many towns and cities in the UK. This is the way our grandparents used to shop, buying meat from the butcher, bread from the baker, fruit from the greengrocer and fish from the fishmonger.  It’s also a chance to meet the locals and find out what is going on in the village during your self-catering holiday.

If part of your holiday is cooking great meals using locally sourced ingredients then Crail could be the holiday destination you have been looking for.

For the kids there is a sweet shop which sells locally produced ice cream.

The seafood lovers can enjoy freshly caught crab and lobster from the seafood shack at Crail harbour or fish and chips from the local fish and chip shop.

Penmans Butchers

A visit to Penmans to stock up for the week or weekend is part of our self-catering holiday. It’s a fantastic shop with a great range of meats to choose from all beautifully displayed. We tend to buy bacon and sausages for breakfast, pies and cold meats for lunch and steaks for dinner. If you are planning a family meal there is a great barbecue range, roasts, steak pies, lamb, chicken and venison. The eggs are locally sourced from Kilduncan Farm outside Crail.

Penmans butcher Crail

Barnetts Bakers

This is an award winning family business which has been baking fresh bread, oatcakes, scones and tasty treats since 1947. The product range uses many locally sourced ingredients including very popular artisan breads.

Self Catering Cottage near St Andrews

Barnett Bakers Shop Crail High Street

Smoke Fired Whole Food Shop

This is a shop you tend only to find in a large town or city, so we are very fortunate to have such a choice in Crail. It has a great range of specialist foods from fresh organic breads, organic foods, vegetarian foods, flours, gluten free foods, organic salami, grains, rice, pasta, noodles, salts, spices and herbs. There is also a selection of biscuits, cakes, teas and specialist coffees.

Smoke Fired Wholefoods


This is not just a greengrocer as the name might suggest. The fruit and vegetables are as good if not better than you will find in the supermarket with local strawberries and raspberries for sale over the summer months. The shop has recently been refurbished and in addition has a selection of fine wines, craft beers, fish, preserves and local Anster Cheese.

Self-catering grocers shop

Crail Pharmacy

We find most of our guests bring enough toiletries to last them for the duration of the holiday however there may be things you forget or need extra especially if you have young children. Professional assistance is on hand from Finlay the pharmacist for medicines, prescriptions or minor ailments.

There are also two convenience stores, Crail Co-op and Premier which sell everyday essentials plus newspapers and magazines.



As one of our guests remarked “Everything is on your doorstep and you don’t have to get in the car”

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