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Hidden gems explored in the East Neuk of Fife

Retirement life in St Andrews offers history around every corner, and is the perfect spot for long walks, sightseeing and has something to satisfy every food craving.

With transport links on The Walled Gardens doorstep, why not expand St Andrews and explore the East Neuk of Fife in its full glory?

The East Neuk or eastern corner of the ‘Kingdom of Fife’ is one of Scotland’s hidden gems, stretching from the villages of Elie & Earlsferry to Crail and Kingsbarns with several tiny harbours along the way.

We’ve pulled together some of our top spots to visit in your golden years.

Fife Coastal Path

One the highlights has to be the Fife costal path, which stretches 187km from Kincardine to Newburgh. Featuring breath taking scenery, it is an ideal way to discover neighbouring towns and beaches. The costal path can be completed in manageable chunks, with parking available and bus routes in abundance.

For something a little lighter the Kingsbarns Beach is a perfect day trip. This beautiful sandy beach is a lovely peaceful spot with clear blue water, rockpools and free parking. Perfect for a picnic or a visit to the toasty shack.

Visit Cupar

Fife isn’t just coastline, you can hop on a bus or take a 20-minute car ride inland towards Cupar to visit the Scottish Deer Centre.

The Scottish Deer Centre spans over 55 acers of Fife’s countryside and is home to twelve species of deer from around the world.  The centre is also home to Fife’s only wolf pack, otters and other rare Scottish species including wildcats. With ranger tours and daily birds of prey shows a day trip to Cupar has plenty to offer.

Kellie Castle and Gardens

Fancy something a little further afield? Kellie castle and gardens are a must see!

With history spanning nearly seven centuries, The Kellie Castle presents a merge of Victorian style architecture with a Medieval atmosphere.  In the late 19th century, the Lorimers, a family of architects and artists, saved the castle from ruin and transformed the interior.

Here you can take a walk to admire the castle library with a jaw-dropping ceiling, get creative in the arts and crafts garden, or visit the stables which hosts an exhibition on Hew Lorimer’s life and his sculpture studio.

Feeling peckish? Not a problem. The castle is just 3 miles North-West of Pitterween, a small fishing village with cafes and scenic lunch spots.

Top quality food and restaurants

Now that you have some day trips sorted, lets get to the good bit – the food.

Just North of St Andrews is The Newport Restaurant located on the southern bank of the River Tay is an award-winning restaurant that won’t disappoint.

Head chef, Jamie Scott, was crowned champion of MasterChef the Professionals in 2014 and has made the Newport on Tay a hotspot destination with his exquisite food. By far one of Fife’s hidden gems, the restaurant is perfect for a special occasion or a relaxing evening out.

Another hot spot for top quality fish and chips is Anstruther Fish Bar and Restaurant – our only tip would be get there before you’re hungry, as there is normally a bit of a que due to popularity.

Retirement life at The Walled Gardens offers a desirable location with a world of adventure not far from your doorstep. Your new home will allow you to continue enjoying the things you love whilst helping you explore new experiences.

All of this and more is on offer at The Walled Gardens in St Andrews with apartments combining contemporary design, timeless interiors in one of Scotland’s most sought-after retirement locations. 

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