Visit Crail

Visit Crail. Here are just a few ideas of what you can do whilst holidaying at Sandcastle Cottage Crail in the East Neuk of Fife. For more ideas of what there is to see and do visit our website at

Visit Crail – Kingsbarns Distillery

Kingsbarns is our local whisky distillery offering tours and tastings throughout the year. It is also the home of Darnley’s Gin. The distillery is only a short drive or bus ride from Crail. In the summer months tours get booked up very quickly so best to plan ahead to avoid disappointment. For more details or to book a tour click this link

Kingsbarns Distillery photo by Giovanni Braida

Visit the Isle of May

The Isle of May is a national nature reserve and managed by Nature Scot. The island is home to a large seabird population which includes puffins as well as a large grey seal colony. Anstruther Pleasure Cruises run daily boat trips or RHIB to the island. The trip is truly a memorable experience and highly recommended.

However we advise you book early to avoid disappointment. Trips run from April to October. Clicking this link will take you to our blog and the Anstruther Pleasure Cruises booking site. They will start taking online bookings in January for the 2024 season.

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A Day Trip to the Isle of May

Visit Crail – Walk the Fife Coastal Path

The East Neuk section of the Fife Coastal Path is the most popular part of this 117 mile long distance footpath around the coast of Fife. The route from Leven to Crail takes you through all the picturesque East Neuk villages and there historic harbours. The Stagecoach 95 bus serves the route so you are never to far away from a bus stop.

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Walk the Fife Coastal Path

Visit Crail – Play Golf on Crail’s two fantastic links courses

Crail Golfing Society has two of the finest championship golf courses in Scotland. The Balcomie Course was designed by Old Tom Morris. Golfers can enjoy modern clubhouse facilities as well as some great views. For more details and how to book a round of golf click this link.

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The 14th hole of the Balcomie Course

Only a short drive from Crail you will find Kingsbarns Golf Links one of the venues for the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Champoinship.

The East Neuk also has courses at Anstruther (9 hole course), Elie, Charlton and Lundin Links.

Crail is only a 25 minute drive from all the courses in St Andrews

Visit Crail – Cambo Garden

If you are looking for something less energetic and relaxiing then why not visit Cambo Garden. Cambo is only 3 miles from Crail. The walled garden and greenhouses are open all year round. There is also an attractive woodland walk which takes you down to the beach at Kingsbarns.

Cambo Garden

The cafe uses vegetables from the garden in their menus and is well worth a visit for lunch.

Visit Crail – Shop in the local shops

The local shops in Crail High Street have all you need to feed a family on a self catering holiday. No need to bring food with you or order a supermarket shop on line.

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Flower displays outside Penman’s Butchers in the High Street

Our local butcher has a well stocked counter with a good range of ideas for the week. There is also a local green grocer selling fresh local strawberries and raspberries, wines, fish and cheeses. The East Neuk baker Barnett’s has a shop in Crail selling locally baked bread.

Crail also has two convenience stores, a pharmacy, an art gallery, giftshop and a local chip shop. At the harbour you can buy freshly caught crab and lobster.

Lastly we must not forget Crail Pottery. Well worth a visit for that small memorable gift to take home with you.

Stay at Sandcastle Cottage Crail

Sandcastle Cottage is located within the conservation area. There is a large private garden and patio to the rear which allows our guests to relax in. We are only 2 minutes walk from the beach and childrens playpark at Roome Bay and a short walk to the historic harbour, shops and restaurants.

Sandcastle Cottage Crail

For more details click the book now button below for availability and prices.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sandcastle Cottage.

Blog updated January 2024

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