Sunday, 21 August 2011

East Neuk of Fife

It may not have spectacular tide races or intricate rock hopping, but it's close to home and a beautiful place on a fine day. There are more ice cream shops than caves, but that's fine by me.

It's been the first sunny weekend here for a long time here, so Mrs CWW and I had a walk on the Fife Coastal Path on Saturday, then I had a paddle with FCAG along the same stretch of coast on Sunday.

The Fife Coastal Path is well marked easy walking. For the most part it's only small stretches between the villages.

Pittenweem is the main working port. The fishermen here had been investing in new creels.

Crow stepped gables are one of the features of the houses here. The fishing villages from St Monance to Crail are blessed with lots of them.

From the sea, the views are different. There are ruins of towers and castles. This used to be the bathing tower for the local bigwig. A bell was rung to keep lesser mortals away when she entered the water.

The fisherman's church in St Monance is as close to the sea as you can get.

The folk around here are very friendly and always willing to lend a hand.

We landed in Crail- one of the prettiest places in Scotland. Not a long journey, and not a demanding one, but lovely nevertheless.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Iain, that is a great sequence of pictures you have posted and shows the east coast at its best. Like me, many kayakers paddle the west coast and tend to ignore the east coast. However, your post has certainly made me think about a daytrip over to the east coast to explore your coastline.

    David A