February breaks by the sea

February half-term holidays for family short-breaks by the sea

February brings the first school holidays of the year, with schools throughout Scotland having half-term spring breaks.  Some have a long weekend, and others take a full week.

Choosing to take spring breaks in a self-catering cottage might be an option for a change of scene for the family, and at Sandcastle Cottage in Crail, we offer flexible start and end dates, for example, a 3-night weekend break or a 4-night midweek break.  Here are some ideas of what you might do on spring breaks in February.

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Some years ago, the Snowdrop Festival at Cambo House was established and it’s a great reason to visit the East Neuk. A walk through the woods towards the sea at Cambo is particularly lovely when there are so many different varieties of snowdrops and other spring bulbs to see. Cambo Snowdrops runs from the beginning of February to mid-March. We visited Cambo Estate during the February holidays, and were amazed to find so much colour as we walked through the walled garden. A warming cup of coffee at the gift shop was also most welcome. For a full programme of events for this years Snowdrop Festival see our blog Visit to Cambo Heritage Centre and Garden.

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Spring breaks – ideas for things to do around the East Neuk

  • Beach walks – no matter the weather, just wrap up well and wear your wellies. We particularly like Kingsbarns and Elie for long stretches of sand. A trip to Elie can be combined with a visit to Ardross Farm Shop for some quality farm fresh food, or stop at the fish sheds at St Monans and bring back some smoked haddock for a tasty Cullen Skink. Or stop at the Pavillion Elie for lunch.
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Roome Bay, Crail – High Tides

  • Coastal path walks – the Fife Coastal Path offers several short stretches which even the youngest walkers in the family can enjoy – try Pittenweem to Anstruther with a visit to the Cocoa Tree for a reviving hot chocolate
  • Try a new craft – we’ve recently been on a Stained Glass and Fused Glass workshop with East Neuk Glass and there are options for weekend workshops or 4-day mid-week workshops coming up  with glass maker Keny Drew
  • Staying cosy by the fire – full central heating and a pebble and driftwood effect gas fire means even if the weather outside is chilly, you’ll have a warm place to read, play board games and have family meals in Sandcastle Cottage, Crail
  • Visit the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther – it’s much bigger than it looks, and often has special exhibitions on in addition to the permanent collection
  • Look after the ‘inner you’ with some tasty food from our local shops – even in winter, you’ll find Penman’s the Butcher open and selling good quality meat and deli items.  One of their famous steak pies provides a family meal with little effort, and Greens in Crail has seasonal fresh fruit and veg – with local options grown at Barnsmuir Farm just outside Crail
  • Bring your camera! Crail is just as beautiful in winter as at other times of year, and there is much to see and capture with your lens.

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For more ideas for great days out from Crail click on the links below to read our blog posts

Day Trip to St Andrews

Day Out to Dundee

We hope we’ve given you some ideas for things to do on a weekend or mid-week break in February.  To find out what’s available at Sandcastle Cottage, simply enter your preferred start date in the search box (top right).  We look forward to welcoming you to Sandcastle Cottage in Crail.

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