You’re on holiday in Crail – stretch – breathe – relax – read – wander – oh, you want more?
Waking up on the first morning of a holiday at Sandcastle Cottage with days stretching lazily before you is one of the best feelings ever. A whole week of fresh air, wandering along the beach at Roome Bay, catching up with some reading and chatting to friends old and new. So how do we distill the pleasure of this into a blog? Only way I can think of is one day at a time. So here are some things we’ve done on holiday in Crail.
Do absolutely nothing
This is really hard. When you’ve been rushing about all week getting ready to go on holiday, how hard is it to just STOP? Thought maybe this morning that I’d escape by just staying in bed. That worked for a few hours, but the sun streaming through the windows of the cottage really was enticing me to get out for a walk. But do take some time to do as little as possible. You’re on holiday. Relax. When was the last time you did that?
Cook up something delicious whilst on holiday
Cullen Skink doesn’t require much preparation and you’ve got a gourmet feast in a bowl. We love the Andrew Fairlie recipe. All the ingredients can be locally sourced. You can make the short drive to St Monans to G J Wilson’s at Netherton Industrial Estate (just off the main road to Elie) where they have an extensive fish counter, look out for the many fish vans around the village or you can now buy fresh fish from Greens in the High Street. We bought around 1 lb of smoked haddock (just a bit more than was needed for the recipe) for under a fiver. If you want to try the famous Crail crab or lobster then walk down to the harbour and visit the Crab Shack. You can also buy Crail Crab at Greens. If fish is not what you like, then visit our excellent local butcher, Penmans. They have a great range of meats for barbecuing. The Co-op sells disposable barbecues.
Take a walk round the village
It’s a favourite route to just cross the road opposite Sandcastle Cottage to the head of the coastal path leading down to Roome Bay, walk along the path towards the harbour, up the Hen’s Ladder and back along the High Street.
Pop in for a coffee and cake to the Harbour Gallery. Sit in the garden and enjoy the views out to sea towards the Isle of May and East Lothian. (Limited seating due to Covid 19 Restrictions) so try a take-away, there is seating at the harbour. Brodies Grannies are also doing ice cream and take out coffees at the harbour.
Pop into the Honeypot Guest House and Tearoom for a chat, a coffee and oh, maybe a little something tasty (like the local Crail Crab, pictured below). Edna often bakes Empire Biscuits following a recipe from the Hairy Bikers. While we were there people arrived from various parts of the world – Switzerland, Belgium, and New Zealand. Locals from as far away as Pittenweem too! After a pitstop at the Honeypot we proceed up St Andrews Road towards Beech Walk Park.
Walk through the park until you come to the back of the church and the graveyard. At the side of the graveyard you will find a small path which takes you through Denburn Wood. Depending on the time of year there are lots of wild flowers and birds to spot. On one occasion we were lucky to spot a buzzard perched in one of the tall trees. At the bottom of the path you will find a gate. Cross the main road and proceed down Kirk Wynd and in through the back gate to Sandcastle Cottage.
Visit Crail Pottery or Crail Gallery
A short walk west along Nethergate will bring you to Crail Pottery where you will find lots of souvenirs to remind you of your holiday in Crail. If it’s local art you are looking for then visit Crail Gallery in the High Street to browse the many prints which capture the mood and magic of the area.
We look forward to welcoming you to Sandcastle Cottage.