Recommended Reading for a Trip to Crail

As an avid reader on holiday I like to look for books which are set in the area I am visiting. So here is my recommended reading for a trip to Crail. Whether it be Crime Novels, Golf, Local History, Walks or just information on what there is to see and do.

Recommended Reading for a trip to Crail
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Crime Novels – Recommended Reading

In the St Andrews and the East Neuk we have our own crime novels where the main character Inspector Andy Gilchrist is a Crail resident. The books are written by T. F (Frank) Muir. They are well written, amusing with a bit of local intrigue. If you are interested in reading any of them click on the links below.

Another novel I can recommend to you is a book by Val McDermid called Distant Echo. This is set in St Andrews as well as other parts of Fife.


There are lots of books written about golf and everyone has their own favourite. However here is one I read recently which is a very good holiday read. It’s written by Oliver Horovitz entitled “An American Caddie in St Andrews”. As I grew up with some of the characters mentioned in the book I found it very amusing.

Local History

If you would like to learn more about the history of Crail there are a few books written recently. Crail History and Guide written by Trevor Smith or East Neuk of Fife through Time by Jack Gillon. Old Crail gives the reader an idea as to what life was like in Crail during the last century and the war years.

Recommended Reading – Walking the Fife Coastal Path

If you plan to walk parts of the Fife Coastal Path I recommend that you purchase one of the Footprint Maps. There are books written by people who have walked the route. Our blog “Walking the Fife Coastal Path” is split into easy walking sections which you may find useful. Click this link to read our blog.

Recommended Reading on a Trip to Crail

If you are looking for a small pocket sized book of walks in Fife I would recommend Kingdom of Fife 40 Coast and Country Walks by Dan Bailey. You can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below.

I hope you find some of my recommendations helpful. I would welcome any further suggestions you may have to add to this page.

If you click on any of the links above they will take you to Amazon where you can purchase any of the books or maps. I receive a small commission which will go towards the cost of developing this site further.

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