Elie – the ideal family holiday

Holiday Cottages in Scotland, Holiday Cottages in the UK, by Veronica.

Situated on the south coast of Fife, Scotland, Elie is a wonderful holiday destination for all ages. It was originally a fishing village but now is better known as an ideal base for those looking for a self-catering family holiday in Fife.

It has everything you would want for a dream family holiday, including a gently shelving blue flag beach, watersports centre, golf courses and tennis courts. There are miles of coastal path walks,  shops, cafes, cosy pubs, fine dining, historic sites and bird watching all close to this stunning town!

Activities in Fife

Any keen golfer will have heard of St Andrews, the ‘home of golf’ which is only 12 miles away from Elie. In fact there are over 30 golf courses within a 15 mile radius.

The town of St Andrews is worth a visit even if you’re not a golfer as it is an ancient university town and has stunning architecture and a thriving community with a good mix of shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars.

Another interesting visit is the Secret Bunker where you can explore the 24,000 square feet of nuclear proof accommodation built 100 feet underground. There are also castles and palaces to discover and the chance to browse the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife. The area is rich in art and antique shops and has a lively arts scene including the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival which attracts many local artists and visitors from far afield.

Eating out or In!

Fife has lots of excellent restaurants. In Elie itself Sangsters, The Ship Inn and The 19th Hole are all recommended for a meal out. Within 10 miles of Elie there is a wealth of delicious places to eat but to single out a few: Michelin-starred Peat Inn, The Cellar in Anstruther, The Inn at Lathones, The Golf Hotel in Crail. Don’t forget all that St Andrews has to offer too. If you want to eat in, try the Ardross Farm Shop just outside Elie for locally sourced delicious food and home cooked ready meals. Check out the coffee and hot chocolate at The Cocoa Tree Shop in Pittenweem.

Gardens

During the summer months there are many Fife gardens open to the public under the Gardens of Scotland scheme – but if you are visiting at other times of the year then the Cambo gardens are open year round and The Botanic Garden in St Andrews also runs workshops and lectures.

Bird Watching

For keen bird-watchers Elie has much to offer. White-tailed Sea Eagles, with their 8-foot wing span, were first re-introduced to Fife in 2007 and are regularly spotted in the surrounding countryside. The nearby Isle of May has 40,000 occupied Puffin burrows, and offers the chance to see many rare species during the Spring and Autumn migration.

Whatever you are looking for in terms of a family holiday, you are sure to find it in this enchanting town of Elie. Methven House, which is situated close to the beach, is a beautiful holiday home that has just joined Which Cottage. It is a perfect solution to those looking for a family holiday let in Elie. Why not take a look at this property if you are thinking of holidaying in Fife either later this year or are looking for something in 2011?

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