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The institutions at the heart of Anstruther.


The Anstruther and District Allotment Association is a group of like-minded people that have set up an allotment site at Dreelside in Anstruther, accessible to all people within the Anstruther and District locality. They have forged links with the Primary and Secondary Waid Schools, and have helped the local community council with various projects linked to the Beautiful Fife initiative throughout the town.


If you would like to get in touch, details of allotment availability can be obtained through the allotments secretary.

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The Anstruther Improvements Association (AIA) was founded by the members of the Anstruther community with the aim of protecting and improving Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny. 

They have a long history of supporting projects to improve Anstruther and the lives of its residents and those who work there.



The Cellardyke Trust is a charity (SC049941) set up by a group of volunteers to promote local arts and heritage activities in Cellardyke. The Trust also aims to involve people and strengthen the community. 


Our events include the Sea Queen Festival and the Quiet Citizens Walk. The Trust also owns two of the Cellardyke telephone boxes and is working on the Manx Beauty project - aiming to restore one of the last boats built in Cellardyke. 


The website also contains a wealth of information about the history and heritage of Cellardyke.


You can find out more about the activities of the Cellardyke Trust on their webpage:



The Anstruther Community Kist is a community charity shop offering clothes, bedding and curtains, vinyl and CDs, DVDs, china, and various kinds of books.


It is open 10:45AM - 4:30PM Monday to Saturday. 



Dreel Halls is a venue situated in Anstruther owned by the Anstruther Improvements Association. With two versatile spaces on two levels –  the larger Lower Hall and the smaller Upper Hall – Dreel Halls hosts all kinds of events and activities from ceilidhs to concerts, craft groups to games nights and exhibitions to regular weekly clubs.



The East Neuk Centre Trust runs busy and welcoming Community Centres in the heart Anstruther in the East Neuk of Fife. The East Neuk Centre Complex has something for everyone with a diverse programme of events offering a number of classes and activities, from childcare, formal education opportunities, sports and exercise, community activities to wedding venues.



East Neuk Lighthouse is a group of people who follow Jesus and his teachings. To us, this means caring for the people in our community and helping out where we have the right skills and resources. We think of ourselves as a church although we don’t do things the traditional way. We like to keep things informal, contemporary, with activities built around people and the things they want to do. We’ve been based in the East Neuk since 2007 and have operated as a charity since 2008.



East Neuk Open Studios is a twice-yearly art trail taking in over 30 artist and designer studios and workshops throughout this beautiful corner of Fife. It is a free event - just find the red balloons and pop in to visit any participating artist you like! 



The Craws Nest Trust is a registered, volunteer-run charity that raises funds to buy wheelchairs for people who can’t raise the funds themselves. The charity has raised over £473,000 and donated 111 powered wheelchairs, 34 manual wheelchairs along with many tens of thousands of pounds of donations to various local and national causes, helping improve the quality of life for many people.



The Kilrenny & Anstruther Burgh Collection has helped people in the past track down relatives, or sort out answers to photographs that people might have inherited. They aim to become a great place to find out more information about the culture and rich history of these burghs.



The Kilrenny & Anstruther Burgh Collection has helped people in the past track down relatives, or sort out answers to photographs that people might have inherited. They aim to become a great place to find out more information about the culture and rich history of these burghs.



Between 2006 and 2015 funding was secured and the £1 million upgrade of the building was complete with the front part, known as the Murray Library becoming a backpacker's hostel, and the former snooker room at the rear becoming creative industry units, known as The Murray Studios.  

On 31st December 2015 the Murray Library Trust was incorporated as a Scottish Guarantee Company.  It has preserved and restored this unique and historic building which now generates surplus funds from the hostel and office rentals.  Money made on these ventures has been used to support eduational and recreationalprojects in the local community of the Royal Burgh of Kilrenny, Anstruther & Cellardyke.  



The Murray Library Hostel welcomes visitors to Anstruther (Scotland), located in the heart of Fife’s East Neuk region (Kingdom of Fife), the perfect starting point to discover the fishing villages and breathtaking coastal scenery. The Hostel has now been successfully converted into a cosy top-notch backpacker accommodation with comfortable beds, a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering purposes, and large communal areas to share your tales of adventures halfway along the brilliantly varied coastal path.



The Murray Studios in Anstruther are located within the refurbished building adjacent to the Murray Library in Anstruther. This development comprises seven high spec individual business units, with individually controlled heating, ample lighting, Wi-Fi facilities, a shared coffee/tea station and social area. Additionally, a separate meeting area will be available for those working in Murray Studios and to those from the local community wishing to rent it on an occasional basis. Specifically aimed at providing space for those working in the creative industry sector, Murray Studios are ideal for small and start-up businesses and for a creative industries professional or group wishing to work in a creative hub, located in a picturesque seafront location. 



Situated in a wonderful collection of historic buildings on the harbour of a small and beautiful fishing port, the Scottish Fisheries Museum is a charitable trust which has become a national institution with an international reputation.

Aiming to excite informed interest in the development of the Scottish commercial fishing industry among people of all ages in and beyond Scotland, the Scottish Fisheries Museum showcases the history of how, through a constant process of innovation, the Scottish fisheries became such an important part of the lives of so many Scots.



The Silverdykes Liaison Committee was set up in 2012 following the approval of planning permission for the Silverdykes development in Cellardyke.  One of the main tasks of the Silverdykes Liaison Committee (SLC) has been to advise Fife Council (FC) on the use of Section 75 payments from Muir Homes.  This is to provide and enhance leisure and recreational spaces and facilities for the community on publicly owned land that is accessible to all.  The money was to be used exclusively for open space leisure facilities in the Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny Community Council area.


A total of £400,000 has now been paid by Muir Homes to Fife Council in three instalments to offset the limited green space for leisure in the Silverdykes development.  The SLC has completed the process of inviting proposals from the community and making recommendations to Fife Council for the use of the money.  The final awards have now been made.   The Cellardyke Tidal Pool group, the Anstruther Skateboard Group, the Anstruther and District Allotments Association, and the Cellardyke Trusts Memorial Community Garden will all benefit.  So too will users of Bankie Park and St Ayles, where residents have successfully requested new benches and wheelchair accessible picnic tables.  Dreelside will benefit from new play facilities, and a resident’s group has been formed to take this further.  SLC funding can also open the door for applications for other grants.


The main beneficiaries are all active groups working to enhance and improve our community.  The funding, which will be managed by Fife Council, will support their work, and enable them to provide better facilities for everyone.  Anstruther, Kilrenny and Anstruther Community Council will maintain an oversight, to ensure the funds are used as intended.  The SLC, having completed its tasks, disbanded as a liaison group in November 2021.



Stop and Talk Fife is a confidential counselling service for people in Fife. Difficulties and issues are discussed with sensitivity and respect. Stop and Talk Fife abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and by their Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.

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