Water, water everywhere…..

2020 is the year of coast and waters in Scotland, and Fife has plenty of both.  In between the harbours we featured in our last post, there are miles and miles of award winning beaches and incredible coastal scenery.

The Fife peninsula is nestled between the Tay River and the Firth of Forth, and also has an array of inland lochs, waters and reservoirs.

Here are just a few of our favourites..

Coast…..

St Andrews West Sands was the only Scottish location to feature in Which Magazine’s top 10 UK beaches in 2020.  And it’s easy to see why!   No trip to Fife is complete without a walk along the beach (which was the filming location for Chariots of Fire).

Beach at West Sands St Andrews
Beach at West Sands St Andrews

Across the estuary from St Andrew’s West Sands, is Tentsmuir Beach and the Eden Estuary which boasts some of Fife’s most striking and dynamic landscapes. A long, golden beach surrounds deep woodlands which are perfect for walking and cycling. 

Then there’s the Silver Sands in AberdourLeven Beach (the inspiration behind Jack Vettriano’s famous painting, The Singing Butler), Elie Beach and Ruby Bay, and many more!

Waters…..

Not only do we have great beaches, there are lots of inland lochs and waterways too.

Swans on the still blue water at Birnie Loch
A scene from Birnie Loch, one of the many beautiful local walks

Birnie & Gaddon Lochs are right on our doorstep.  There are level walks around either or both of these lovely lochs. The wetlands and grasslands are great habitats for otters, red squirrels, bats, ducks and swans.  There are plenty of places to relax along the way, and the picnic site at the main car park has excellent views across Birnie Loch.

If you fancy catching your own tea, why not have a lazy day fishing at one of the nearby fisheries.  The Golden LochParkview Fishery, and the River Eden in Cupar are a few minutes from Kilbride Cottage.  Also nearby are Lomond Hills FisheryRaith Lake Fishery, and St Andrews Angling Club

And in neighbouring Kinross, Loch Leven has great walks, RSPB nature reserve and Loch  Leven’s Larder for refreshments and a bit of shopping.  Or take a boat trip to Loch Leven Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.

So it really is – water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.  Well….that’s not strictly true. It’s lovely to drink once it’s been distilled….. 😇
…………….but that’s another blog story….