Elie is unique in that it really does have something for everyone. With two golf courses, five beaches (one of which is a sheltered sandy bay), coastal and inland country walks, gift shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and local delis / farm shops, you can do as little or as much as you choose. We have outlined some ideas of what you can do below. Have a read and check out our blog of up to date events and so on. There is so much to see and do in and around Elie. To get the most out of your holiday, please feel free to call us if you would like advice.
- Golf and Tennis
Elie's Beautiful links golf course is an attraction to many from far and wide - being only founteen miles from the historic 'Home of Golf' St. Andrews, it is not only ideal for families, but also keen golfers. The nine hole course is perfect for a quick round, especially for the kids and the driving range next to it is also very popular. The Paviiion cafe ('The Pav') is a great hub for meeting up for coffee and catch up, particularly when your wee ones are putting or playing tennis. You can sit and relax whilst keeping an eye on any mini sports enthusiasts. Check out the Elie Sports Club website for details of childrens' golf and tennis lessons during school holidays.
During the summer months the harbour is a hive of activity with any water sport you can imagine on the go. Elie Watersports are based on the harbour beach and rent out pretty much anything water based you might desire, as well as the odd bike. They also give sailing and windsurf lessons on request, phone for availability. They are also open at weekends during holidays.
We are fortunate that the famous 'Coastal Path' runs along Elie's coastline, stretching from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Tay. You don't have to be a serious walker to enjoy this route and can pick and choose how far you want to go. Why not walk to St. Monans (45mins to an hour) and stop off for a coffee in 'The Diving Gannet' or go for lunch at 'East Pier' or 'Craig Millar@The West End'. If you don't fancy the walk back, you could catch a bus from the main high street. If you feel like stretching the legs a bit more, you could continue on to Pittemweem , Antruther or Crail, if you are feeling adventurous. An alternative inland walk could be to Kilconquhar through Elie Estate. You can enjoy the beautiful countryside and views of Kilconquhar Loch and finish up with a bite to eat at the Kinneuchar Inn. If you are more inclined to scale some serious cliffs, why not try 'Elie Chain Walk' for something a bit different! This is not to be taken lightly with some vertical chains to deal with, but fun for the fit and able (not suitable for young children - please be aware of the tides).
Pittemween is famous for its art festival in August every year. It is a beautiful fishing village only a few miles along the coast from Elie, with nice cafes, galleries and a lovely fish and chip shop. Crail, which is just a few miles further along, is also a beautiful coastal village with galleries and the famous 'Crail Pottery' workshop and shop.
There are plenty of castles and other historic sites to visit in the East Neuk of Fife. Near St. Monans there is the Newark Castle and Doocot and the Auld Kirk. Just a few miles past Pittemweem is the historic and beautiful Kellie Castle and gardens. Twenty minutes away by car, St. Andrews also has many historic sites to visit including the university quad, the Castle and the Cathedral. The famous Crail harbour is a beautiful historic site and well worth a visit, to take in the beautiful architecture.
Ardross farm shop is a must for food lovers or even just for day to day fruit and veg, it is very popular. Cairnie fruit farm and adventure playground, near Cupar, is great fun for all the family and has a lovely cafe and produce. Also worth having a look out for Bowhouse Food Market weekends.
There are many other things to do in the surrounding area, ranging from the Scottish Deer centre and treetop walkway to distilleries and famous Golf courses, adventure parks and fruit farms. Please ask for advice if you are at all stuck for things to do or would like a little inspiration.