Crail – Things to do on a lazy day

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 or David Lowrie 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).

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, enough to feed a family for a weeks holiday.

Take a walk round the village of Crail

holiday path to beach at roome bay

It’s a favourite route to just cross the road opposite Sandcastle Cottage and head down the path leading down to Roome Bay. Walk along the path towards the harbour. Proceed up the Hen’s Ladder and back along the High Street.

Castle Walk with views to the Isle of May

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. if you would rather have a take-away, there is seating at the harbour. Brodies Grannies are also doing ice cream and take out coffees at the harbour.

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Shoregate leading down to Crail Harbour with Crail Harbour Gallery on the left
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Crail Harbour
Crail Harbour from the Hen’s Ladder 

Why not try Crail’s newest coffee shop The Beehive in the High Street for some delicious coffee, cake or maybe an ice cream.

After a pitstop we proceed up St Andrews Road towards Beech Walk Park and Victoria Gardens to admire Tom’s flower displays.

Victoria Gardens
Tom’s Flower Display’s in Victoria Gardens
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Crail Crab can be bought from Greens in the High Street
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Crail Town Hall

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.

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Buzzard spotted in Denburn wood

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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.

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Crail Pottery
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Rose Wynd leading down to Crail Pottery from the High Street
Crail Gallery
Crail Gallery in the High Street

Stay at Sandcastle Cottage Crail

If you would like to find out more about Sandcastle Cottage why not take a look inside. Or if you just want to go ahead and book simply click the Book Now button which will take you to our booking page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sandcastle Cottage.

Blog updated January 2024

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