Walk: Pittenweem to Crail - exploring the East Neuk

Fife | Pittenweem | Half day walk | ★★★

[The Coves]

This straightforward and scenic coast path in southeast Fife connects three of the East Neuk's most picture-perfect fishing villages: Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail in southeast Fife. On a clear day there are fantastic views towards the Isle of May out to sea, as well as the lump of North Berwick Law on the other side of the Firth of Forth. Closer to hand, interesting rock formations include fossilised tree trunks at Caiplie, and the curious Coves cliffs a mile before Crail; meanwhile, the stony foreshore offers excellent possibilities for rockpooling at various points on the route. Foodies are in for a treat too, with such gems as the Pittenweem Chocolate Company and the Anstruther Fish Bar to pull at your purse strings. This is a linear walk, so hop on one of the frequent buses to return to the start, or double back on foot.


📌 Walk: Pittenweem to Crail - exploring the East Neuk 
▶ 10 km / 6 miles | ▲ 60 metres
Features: Pittenweem & village sights; Anstruther & village sights; Cellardyke; Caiplie Fossil Tree; The Coves; Crail
Start: Viewforth Place (A917), Pittenweem, G.R. NO 547026 ///flock.fewer.tribune. N.B. this is not a circular route.
Finish: High Street (A917), Crail, G.R.: NO 612076 ///seagulls.upgrading.mile
Transport to start: Park at the finish and take a bus to the start (roughly hourly, but check times in advance).

Route: Start & Pittenweem - Anstruther - Cellardyke - Caiplie Fossil Tree - The Coves - Crail
Terrain: Clear paths: generally gentle gradients but with some mud.
Wildlife today: 2019: Sheep, cows, pigs; shore / hermit crabs and small fish in rockpools; goosanders, eiders, seagulls. 2012: pigs, goats and a few seabirds.
Weather today: 2019: varying between overcast and full sunshine, temperature reaching 20°C in sunny periods. 2012: dry with almost unbroken sunshine, a few degrees above freezing.

>> Anstruther page: Anstruther ★★★ & village sights
>> Cellardyke ★★
>> Crail
>> Pittenweem page: Pittenweem ★★★ & village sights

[Fields east of Anstruther]

Route map

Route credit: Walkhighlands

Chronological photo guide

[Pittenweem (7/10/17)]

[Leaving Pittenweem]

[Shell beach]

[Approaching Anstruther]

[Stepping stones across the Dreel Burn at Anstruther (7/10/17)]

[Anstruther Fish Bar]


[Coast path east of Cellardyke]

[Coast path east of Cellardyke]

[Rock pool life]

[Low tide]

[The Coves]

[The Coves]

[The Coves]

[The Coves]

[The Coves]

[The Pans]

[Approach to Crail]


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