Travel tips: coastal Fife, plus deals of the week

Take me there: East Neuk of Fife
Why pass?
On a vivid day, with sunshine Blog Express  sparkling off the North Sea, there are few better locations to be than sitting on the harbour wall at Anstruther with a bag of fish and chips from the award-triumphing Fish Bar. “Neuk” is a vintage Scots phrase for nook and this truly is a charmed nook of the coast, with its limitless Blue Flag seashores and attractive fishing villages. There’s a lively music and arts scene which reaches its peak in the summer. Subsequent month is the Pittenweem Arts Pageant (1-nine August, pittenweemartsfestival. Co.united kingdom) at which dozens of artists open their studios and houses to the public.

What to do
Wander the galleries, shops and harbours of the villages of Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail, all linked through the scenic Fife Coastal Direction with its bracing perspectives of the Firth of Forth (fifecoastalpath. Co.united kingdom). From Anstruther catch a ship to the Isle of May additionally nature reserve, domestic to seals, rabbits and puffins. Spend an afternoon on Elie Earlsferry’s seashore with its dunes and seashore huts and go to Kingsbarns Distillery for whisky tours and tastings. St Andrews, with its cathedral, university, botanic gardens, pier and seashore, is up the coast, and no mention of Fife could be entire without together with its world-magnificence golf courses.

Where to eat
The rooftop terrace at the East Pier Smokehouse in St Monans is the region to experience crab desserts, lobster with chips, entire smoked sea bass, or mackerel, with dreamy perspectives across to the Isle of Might also (eastpier. Co.uk).

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Where to live
Unique Cottages has fishermen’s houses for lease, from £295 for a week at Sea Breeze, a cosy, waterfront cottage in St Monans which sleeps (Precise-cottages. Co.uk).

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Insider tip
Crispin Heath of East Neuk Outside pastime centre (eastneukoutdoors. Co.united kingdom) recommends tackling the Chain Walk from the quit of Elie seashore. “It’s a type of via ferrata with chains and footholds. It’s an exciting scramble and takes an hour to 90 minutes for an active character to finish.”

Provide me a smash
Creature comforts: Notting Hill’s new Laslett Hotel.
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Creature comforts: Notting Hill’s new Laslett Inn.
Home: Notting Hill Lodge A new Resort which objectives to have a good time Notting Hill’s wealthy innovative and cultural historical past will open Subsequent month. Named after nearby community activist Rhaune Laslett, the Laslett Motel will integrate fifty-one guest rooms with a downstairs area as a way to serve as an espresso save, bar, library and gallery. It’s miles now taking bookings for stays from mid-August, with beginning costs from £215 per room (thelaslett. Co.uk).

Island life: loosen up with the aid of the ocean on a Greek island.
Island life: loosen up by means of the ocean on a Greek island.
Away: Aid Greece There’s no higher way to show your Aid for the humans of Greece than with the aid of reserving a holiday there. Planet Holidays has simply released its accelerated 2016 Greece programme with new locations such as the islands of Ithaca, Milos, Paros, Amorgos and Folegandros, In which a week’s B&B on the four-megastar Anemi In fees from £799pp in June, together with flights and ferry transfers (planet-Vacations. Co.united kingdom).