Planning a holiday to the East Neuk of Fife

The beginning of the year is a time for holiday planning. Where would you like to go this year? At Sandcastle Cottage, we’ve been busy thinking of ideas to entice you to include the East Neuk of Fife as one of your holiday destinations.

We can offer short breaks all year round (except peak season in July and August, where we offer weekly lets). We’ve been collecting links on our Pinterest boards to give you a quick snapshot of things to do, places to visit and places to eat and drink on your holiday in the East Neuk, so please take a look .

Winter Short Breaks January and February

We welcome guests to Sandcastle Cottage to bring in the New Year, and have availability for February breaks.  If you need school holiday dates, they’re different in different parts of the country. We are offering Friday – Monday or Monday – Friday breaks at £375 at Sandcastle Cottage for 2019.  While you’re here you can walk the coastal path, visit parks or spend a day in St Andrews. During February it’s snowdrops time at Cambo House. The Snowdrops Festival takes place from 28th January to 10th March 2019.  We’ve collected ideas for restaurants to visit if you want to eat out, or ideas for self-catering to help you plan your trip.  No need to bring food with you to Crail!

Holiday Cambo Snowdrops

Spring Short Breaks – March, April and May

In springtime, Kellie Castle opens again – you’ll find details about opening times here. We love the walled garden and grounds (open all year round).  Early in March StAnza, the International Poetry Festival is held in St Andrews, and there are Open Studios open in East Neuk to add to the array of galleries and artists’ workshops open around the East Neuk. Long days mean it’s an ideal time for a golfing break too.

Summer Short Breaks – June

Time for the Crail Food Festival, and an opportunity for those who don’t need school holidays to take a summer break.  Find out some ideas of things to do for the Under-5s if you’re looking for inspiration.  Also popular with families coming for graduation ceremonies at the University of St Andrews.

Summer holidays – July and August

We offer weekly breaks in July and August, starting on a Friday (mostly), but a weekly minimum also allows you to book a 10 night break Fri – Fri – Mon or an 11-night break Mon-Mon-Fri. A great time for family holidays.  Take a look at ideas for Beaches in Fife: Elie and Kingsbarns are favourites.  It’s the time for the East Neuk Festival (early July), Crail Festival (last 2 weeks in July) and the Pittenweem Arts Festival (3-11 August 2019).

Holiday Artist at work Pittenweem Arts Festival

Autumn Short Breaks – September, October and November

Back to our short break offering as summer fades and autumn arrives.  A great time for enjoying walks by the shore on the Fife Coastal Path the longest coastal footpath in Scotland, and treating yourself to a break if you don’t need school holiday dates.  A time for inspirational music of all genres at St Andrews Voices (17 -20 October 2019) The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship takes place in St Andrews and Kingsbarns on the 26 – 29 September 2019. The month of November, culminates with the St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

Holiday Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Kingsbarns

Christmas and New Year in Crail

A great idea if you’ve relatives in Crail, but they don’t have enough room to accommodate your family – booking into a self-catering cottage and being able to spend time together over Christmas or New Year.  Or maybe you just want to get away from it all and do something different at Christmas.  We offer 5-night minimum lets around the Festive Season at Sandcastle Cottage.

Holiday Christmas in Crail

If you would like to find out more about holidays in Crail and the East Neuk of Fife then click on our website and read more of our blogs at

I guarantee you will be amazed by what there is to see and do in the area for everyone.

I look forward to welcoming you to Sandcastle Cottage.

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