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!!

If you’re a local community group or business and you’d like to be involved then contact us.


ANSTRUTHER HARBOUR FESTIVAL -- HELP GET WORD OUT!!FOR RESTAURANTS, PUBS, ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS, AND BUSINESSES IN EAST NEUK AREA: if you have a website or a mailing list to stay in touch with customers, please post information about the ANSTRUTHER HARBOUR FESTIVAL on July 28-29 and encourage people to make a visit.  The event is very family-frie...

Anster Info, July 16, 2018

Cellardyke Sea Queen Weekend a HUGE Success...This post will be short and sweet as there have been other posts about this event previously, and there are zillions of posts, photos and videos on Facebook under the Cellardyke, Anstruther.Info,  Anstruther Harbour Festival, and other pages,  too many to make reference here. Just jump into Fac...

Anster Info, July 16, 2018

GoodSAM = Good Chance to Save a LifeEast Neuk First Responders (eastneukfr@hotmail.com, or www.enfr.org.uk)  are holding a drop-in session and demonstration about the GoodSAM app, an app that can be downloaded to learn cardiac life-saving techniques.  The app can be found at www.goodsamapp.org. Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 7-8pm, and Su...

Anster Info, July 12, 2018

Cellardyke Sea Queen Festival 70th Anniversary Sat., July 14Cellardyke's Sea Queen Festival celebrates its' 70th anniversary this Saturday, July 14, with a weekend remembering Cellardyke's history as a seafaring and fishing village.  A new Sea Queen will be crowned as a fleet of historic boats and a procession from Anstruther to Cellardyke  begin the festi...

Anster Info, July 12, 2018

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15 Minute Lunchtime Medical Alert Class Can Save LivesIn the same time it takes to eat a sandwich or have a tea, company workers are being encouraged to try their hands -- literally!! -- doing CPR and using a defibrillator in an effort to save lives. Both skills that are easy to learn and a survival-rate game-changer in cardiac arrest emergencies. E...

Anster Info, July 5, 2018

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