A Day Trip to Pittenweem

Pittenweem is the East Neuk of Fife’s only working fish market. Large fishing boats land their catch in the harbour in the early hours of the morning. A day trip to Pittenweem is highly recocommended.

Pittenweem has also become a hub for local artists. Visitors can enjoy regular exhibitions throughout the year.

A visit to Pittenweem would not be complete without a bit of browsing round the art shops and galleries. Or a walk along the shore at West Braes to see the attractive little fishermens cottages.

Attractive cottages on the shore at West Braes

For the more adventurious why not try joining the ‘Menapausal Mermaids’ for a swim in the sea at the newly opened Pittenweem Tidal Pool. The pool is on the headland at West Braes.

Pittenweem Harbour

A Day Trip to Pittenweem – St Fillan’s Cave

St Fillan’s Cave is a natural underground cave linked to the 7th century Irish missionery St Fillan. You will find it on Cove Wynd betwwen the harbour and the main street.

St Fillan’s Cave
Cove Wynd leading up towards the High Street

Pittenweem Arts Festival

Visiting Crail in the height of summer means that you may be fortunate enough to be in the East Neuk of Fife for the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival. The event takes place from the 3 – 10 August 2024.
If you have not been before it really is worth a visit. You can spend a whole day browsing. These are lots of food outlets providing a range of food and ample car parking.

Every possible exhibition space in the village turns into a mini art gallery for the duration of the Festival, which provides an excellent opportunity to see Pittenweem from all sorts of angles. It usually gives me a severe case of garden envy too as I catch glimpses of the beautifully tended cottage garden plots.

Pittenweem Arts Festival

A Day trip to Pittenweem – What there is to see and do

Our last visit was punctuated by a series of heavy rain showers, but this just meant we had a good excuse to visit the Cocoa Tree for a reviving caliente chocolate! We met Philip Raskin, whose work we’ve admired and been following for several years. We paid a visit to see Karen at Funky Scottish – you’ll know her work as soon as you see it, as she designed our Sandcastle Cottage plate . Also Keny Drew of East Neuk Glass who runs courses from his studio throughout the year. Oh, and so many others – 90 different venues , as well as Fringe Venues which feature local artists too.

Pittenweem Arts Festival

Below Funky Scottish Gallery owned by Karen Edward who designed our Sandcastle Cottage plate.  (Funky Scottish Gallery has recently moved to 41 High Street Anstruther) 

Funky Scottish Gallery Pittenweem Arts Festival

Pittenweem is still a working fishing port and still has a number of fishing boats based at the harbour. There is also a fish market and local fish merchants where you can buy fresh fish daily.

Pittenweem Arts Festival

Stop for Coffee and Cake!

A visit to Pittenweem Arts Festival would not be complete without chocolate cake from the Cocoa Tree based in the town’s High Street.


A Day Trip to Pittenweem – Places for Dinner

The Bistro Dory at the Harbour Pittenweem is highly recommended. Online booking is advised.

Watch our Video from our Day Out at Kellie Castle and Pittenweem

Stay at Sandcastle Cottage Crail

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