The ever-so soothing sound of waves rolling onto the shore, the tangy smell of salt, the feeling of sand between your toes… a trip to the beach is surely the antidote to our busy, fast-paced lives? (Even looking at these photos makes me feel calmer…).
If you’re in need of a few relaxing lungfuls of salty air and a refreshing sea breeze to blow the cobwebs away, the picturesque Fife Coast, with its renowned Coastal Path, utterly charming villages and award-winning beaches, is an ideal place to go.
This month it was announced that fourteen beaches in Fife have been given a Scottish Seaside Award, three of which have also earned an International Blue Flag Award (the only Blue Flag awards in Scotland this year): Aberdour, Burntisland and Ruby Bay in Elie.
So, this summer, why not find the perfect Fife holiday cottage, grab your camera and find out for yourself why so many of Fife’s beautiful beaches have been given Seaside Awards? Whether you want to run down West Sands in St Andrews (Chariots of Fire style), go dune-jumping or find the perfect place to picnic, there are plenty of great seaside spots to choose from along Fife’s stunning coastline. We asked some self-catering owners in Fife which local beaches they love – here are some of their favourites…
The beach at Kingsbarns is one of the Scottish Seaside Award winners, with two miles of sandy beach to explore, plus sand dunes and the Kingsbarn Golf Course running alongside. The footpath for The Fife Coastal Path passes above the beach, making it popular with walkers.
You’ll find this lovely beach just off the A92 and it is reached by driving through Tentsmuir Forest (part of a Nature Reserve). Walk from the car park (which has a small play park and picnic area) across dunes to reach the beach. It is also said to be a good place for seal-spotting as they sun themselves on the sand banks.
Elie Harbour Beach
Along with Ruby Bay, Harbour Beach in Elie is a Seaside Award winner. This sheltered beach also becomes a cricket ground from May to September. A good place to watch the cricket and take in the sea views is the beer garden of the excellent Ship Inn, perched above the beach. The harbour is also home to Elie Watersports, where you can hire canoes, kayaks and boats if you want to take to the waves.
Lundin Links and Lower Largo
Situated in the Bay of Largo, these pretty, sheltered beaches have views out over the Firth of Forth and are probably lesser-known than some of the more popular beaches in Fife. Lower Largo is the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the sailor whose story was the basis for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. (In the village you can see a statue of Robinson Crusoe on the cottage where Alexander Selkirk was born).
You’ll find both Lundin Links and Lower Largo beaches on the stretch of The Fife Coastal Path between Leven and Elie.
Which is your favourite beach in Fife? What do you love about the Fife coastline? Please leave any comments below.