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 in Spring and Autumn (however in peak season July and August, we only 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 however sorry this year 2020 we have no availability for February breaks as we are closed for refurbishment.

If you need school holiday dates, they’re different in different parts of the country. From the 1st April we are offering Friday – Monday or Monday – Friday breaks at £375 at Sandcastle Cottage for 2020.  While you’re here you can walk the coastal path, visit parks or spend a day in St Andrews.  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 – 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). 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 (1-8 August 2020).

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 (15 -18 October 2020) The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship takes place in St Andrews and Kingsbarns on the 1 – 4 October 2020. 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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