Welcome to Anstruther, Cellardyke & Kilrenny

Anstruther is a charming fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife, and part of the Fife Coastal Path, it’s about an hour away from Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth, and less than 15 minutes south of St Andrews.  Anstruther is the largest in a string of pretty, old-fashioned fishing villages along the East Fife coast known as the East Neuk, especially known for its historical connection to the sea and the fishing way of life.

Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny have no shortage of things to do and places to explore, and spending a day, or even a weekend, is well-worth your time.  A picturesque marina has anchored pleasure craft, while the sheltered harbour sees working fishing boats loading and unloading creels and traps. Three piers extend out into the Forth, bringing you even closer to the sea, as amateur fishermen cast out a line and hope for a bite.

Puffins, seals and other wildlife reside on the Isle of May, with May Isle Princess boat trips running from May through to September. The fascinating Scottish Fisheries Museum has rotating exhibits, special presentations and galleries illustrating the history of seafaring and fishing, a history going back hundreds of years as whaling boats lined the harbour, with herring boats eventually taking their place.

Cobbled side streets, “two up two down” fishermen’s cottages, houses with pantiled roofs and planted-up lush front gardens provide the walker — and the explorer — plenty of places to wander through, seeing historical buildings still in active use today.

After working up an appetite exploring the area, there are numerous places to enjoy a meal.  The “Food & Drink” section details the variety of eating and drinking locales offered — including the Michelin-starred Cellar and the multiple-award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar. And don’t forget the Scottish Fisheries Museum, a popular light-bite choice as soups, light sandwiches, and homebaking can be enjoyed.

Just half a mile east of Anstruther is Cellardyke, a hidden treasure often overlooked by visitors.  This picturesque harbour town was designated a Conservation Area in 1977, has beautifully preserved charming houses, and a harbour with old bathing pool. The nearby gem of Kilrenny -the “Kil-” early Gaelic meaning “church” — is highlighted by a church with a 15th century tower –and the nearby Skeith Stone, a carved stone with a marigold, possibly dating to the year 700, indicating this area was an early Christian sacred site.

Enough to see? Enough to do?  Come see for yourself!!

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The Spindrift Guest House is awarded WorldHost RecognitionThe Spindrift Guest House has become the latest organisation in Scotland to gain national recognition for its commitment to customer service, after being awarded WorldHost Recognised Business Status.We are passionate about service standards and are incredibly proud to have achieved this award.When o...

The Spindrift Guest House, June 26, 2016

Award winning East Neuk Candle Maker Launches New CandleAnstruther based Artist & Candle Maker Jo Macfarlane is launching her very first in a series of Travel Inspired Candles. After 16 years of global travel Jo couldn’t help but recognise the scents associated with her favourite places. Starting right here with her home in the East Neuk of Fife...

Jo Macfarlane, June 22, 2016

The Murray Library Hostel Is Open!The Murray Library Hostel in Anstruther is now open for business. Brand new hostel halfway along the brilliantly varied coastal path, the Murray Library Hostel at Anstruther offers comfy private rooms and cosy dorms. You can enjoy, among other amenities, a fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi and a spa...

Murray Library Hostel, March 4, 2016

Murray Studio - Units to RentThe Murray Studios are located within the refurbished building adjacentto the Murray Library in Anstruther, which was formerly the snooker hall for the young men of the town. This development comprises seven individual business units, with individually controlled he...

Murray Studios, January 11, 2016