Fife travel on test: our reader enjoys a wee taste of village life in Crail

Fife travel on test: our reader enjoys a wee taste of village life in Crail

Why Crail?

This was our first holiday since retiring. For years Phil dreamed of owning his own little shop, so I was pleased to come across the Post Office House. We booked it for the week of the Crail Food Festival (which usually takes place in June).

Any top trip tips?

We love sites of historical importance, so we couldn't miss St Andrew's with its medieval castle and cathedral. In Crail, St Mary's Church dates from the 1500s, plus there are the lovely heritage and pottery centres.

Where's best for getting out and about?

Set sail on the May Princess from Anstruther to the Isle of May - it runs almost daily in high season. There were no end of birds and seals, plus the BBC were filming their live Summer Solstice programme. The best beach was Kingsbarns, and the Fife Coastal Path is stunning.

Tell us about the Food Festival...

We particularly enjoyed watching kippers being smoked and visiting The Lobster Hut, where the Reilly brothers harvest fresh crab and lobster from the harbour. There was plenty going on along the quayside and we were enchanted by The Doorstep Bakery, a co-operative bakery set up by a small group of locals, operating out of Collessie Village Hall.

Your favourite memory?

That's tough! The whole holiday was amazing, and we still talk about it all the time. The walks, the luxury accommodation, the close proximity to St Andrew's, the food - and feeling more relaxed than we had done for years.

Visit the Crail Harbour Gallery and Tearoom, to view local artwork while enjoying a cuppa


  • Crail is on Scotland's east coast, 55 miles northeast of Edinburgh
  • Stay at Crail Post Office House from £495 per week (low season). Well-behaved dogs by arrangement; long weekend lets available. Jean suggests visiting anytime! There's a large DVD and book collection for rainy days! Call 0131 447 5689 or visit
  • Even closer to Edinburgh is self-catering property The Wee Hoose, Kinghorn, Dunfermline and West Fife. This tiny fisherman's cottage sleeps two and prices start from £205 per week. Call 01738 451610 or visit - be advised there are stairs in both these properties.
  • Jean took the train to Edinburgh, then hired a car, but you can continue to Leuchars station and buses are available from there to Crail.

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