Seascape Holiday Accommodation
Seascape is a former fisherman’s cottage right on the West Shore in Pittenweem, where the sea wall is just by the front door. The harbour has been in use since 1600 and the original houses on the West Shore date back to the 17th century.
The house has been extensively restored in recent years and now also has a little courtyard garden behind the house where children can play when they aren’t out on the beach or rocks at the front. For visitors to Seascape, the best way to enjoy the stay in Pittenweem is to relax by the sea wall and soak up the wonderful views. It’s also great for walkers and cyclists – Seascape is on the Fife Coastal Path.
If you want to do some sightseeing, owner Lorraine Fannin has shared her highlights and tips with us for visiting Pittenweem and the wider East Neuk area.
East Neuk Highlights
Three local ‘must-sees’
You must visit St. Fillan’s Cave in Cove Wynd (you collect the key from the Cocoa Tree Café on the High Street). St Fillan’s Cave is the alleged retreat of a 7th Century monk, whose bell and crozier are preserved in the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
A little inland from Pittenweem, still within the Burgh, is Kellie Castle; a historic baronial mansion once the home of the Earls of Kellie and later restored by the Lorimer family of architects and artists last century. Now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, it has a superb walled garden.
If you enjoy the bustle of Pittenweem’s harbour, go along to Anstruther (1.5 miles along the coast) and visit the Fisheries Museum where the story of East Neuk fishing is unfolded with great imagination (and there’s a nice café too).
On a fine day nothing could be better than to take a walk along the West Shore, round the cliff edge – and what a wonderful view you get when you look back! – along to the playground at the top where the children in your family will certainly want to stop and climb to the ‘Craw’s Nest’. Carry on along the path to the windmill at St. Monans, where salt was once dried from sea water. In St. Monans you can stop for coffee at the Smokehouse, and stroll back (or even take a bus).
The more ambitious walkers may even continue to Elie where there is a magnificent beach, with clean, wide sands, where sand-yachting, cricket and other games are played regularly.
Lesser-known sights/attractions nearby
Within easy reach of Pittenweem is the St. Andrews Cheese farm where ‘Anster’ cheese is made and you can view the cheesemakers at work on weekdays. There’s a shop and a great café too.
In that area too is The Secret Bunker, well signposted on the road to St. Andrews. It was a Cold War Command Centre – hence the Secret – and has now been restored as a remarkable tourist attraction which offers a fascinating view of how Scotland was to be safeguarded in the event of nuclear war.
If you have a taste for a sea voyage, take a trip from Anstruther on ‘The May Princess ‘ to the Isle of May out in the Forth. Once the home of the monks who founded the Priory in Pittenweem, it is now a bird sanctuary, run by RSPB, famous especially for puffins.
What makes the East Neuk an ideal holiday destination?
The East Neuk with its little towns of Lower Largo, Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail is a wonderful place for a holiday. There are great places to eat, especially for seafood-lovers, and one of the most famous fish-and-chip shops in Scotland. Of course there is an abundance of golf courses, as you would expect for an area which holds the home of golf. The coastline is dramatic, with little boats inshore fishing for lobster, and large liners passing by along the Forth. There are seals and dolphins and seabirds to watch, and rich farmland which provides terrific local food.
It has distinctive historic houses of all sizes, Arts Festivals, wonderful craft shops and potteries, interesting churches and very friendly people.