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Crail is one of several traditional fishing villages situated along the East Coast of Scotland. It has an interesting history, some lovely buildings and winding streets full of character. Crail has one of the best known harbours in the East Neuk where (in season) lobster and crab are available. There are also cafes, pubs, a butcher/deli, grocery stores, a pottery, galleries with work from local artists, a museum and tourist information centre.

The nearby fishing villages offer a variety of attractions and activities. Anstruther, a busy holiday village has a marina, the Scottish Fisheries Museum and award winning fish and chips from the Anstruther Fish Bar. There are boat trips to the Isle of May, a nature reserve, famous for its nesting puffins. Pittenweem is a working fishing village with a daily fish auction and also home to a successful Summer Arts Festival. Elie has a wide sandy beach and offers a host of water sports.

The Fife Coastal Path provides a fantastic route to explore the beaches around the East Neuk, whilst the cycle routes can take you inland to such attractions as Kellie Castle and Scotland's Secret Bunker.

This coastal area of the East Neuk is well served by restaurants and cafes from light lunches, high teas, evening meals, to special celebratory dinners and there are award winning restaurants for example in Anstruther and St Monans.

The nearby bustling university town of St Andrews, home to the famous Royal & Ancient Golf Course has much to offer. The interesting Castle and Abbey ruins show its significant importance in the area in the past whilst now in modern times there is a good variety of individual shops, restaurants, cafes, botanical gardens, an aquarium and theatre.

Further afield cities such as Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Stirling are within easy reach for day trips.

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