Going on a wee road trip is one of the best things on offer in Scotland. You can take off for the day exploring new destinations in the city, in the countryside or by the sea. A couple of weeks ago Bart and I drove from Edinburgh to the coastal towns of Fife. The sun was shining and we were in the mood for fresh seafood. Fife, which has many pretty villages & towns, seemed the perfect destination.
We left late morning and headed for the Forth Road Bridge over to North Queensferry. We’d planned ahead and booked lunch in the town of St Monans for 1:30pm. To save time we skipped the most part of the famous Fife Coastal Route (which goes from the Royal Burgh of Culross, north to the Tay Bridge) and opted for the quicker road to St Andrews. Our route took us through the towns of Leven and the Lundin, we passed by quaint farm shops & golf courses. When you get to Lundin the scenery really opens up and you can see all along the stunning Fife coast.
We arrived at the charming seaside village of St Monans just before 1pm & headed to the Craig Millar @16 West End Restaurant. Luckily they were able to seat us early & we managed to score a table on the patio which looks right across to the Lothians and has a great view of the mysterious looking Isle of May. Rather than opting for the reasonably priced £19 set lunch, we treated ourselves to the full menu. I had a wonderful fresh crab tambale gazpacho to start, followed by halibut with pureed carrots and peas, topped off with an amazing vanilla panna cotta to finish. The food, service and view were spectacular – we will certainly be going back. Check out the menu on their website.
Heading back towards Edinburgh, we stopped at the town of Elie, only a few minutes drive from St Monans. Elie is a picturesque seaside town with golden beaches, charming little houses brightly painted and has a fantastic backdrop of fields and hills. Elie is a great destination for a family and/or adventure holiday as there are lots of water sports on offer. Wind surfing and sailing are popular activities here and the town has some nice eateries on offer as well. There’s lots of public parking, but be sure to take some change as it’s pay parking 7 days a week.
For the final stage of our drive we came along the Fife Coastal Route driving through Kirkcaldy and Burntisland. I must admit we felt a bit cheated as for a large section of this route you can’t actually see the coast! However as you go past the town of Aberdour the views are absolutely gorgeous, some of the best of Scotland!
Back in Edinburgh by 5pm, we felt happy with our pleasant and relaxing day exploring the picturesque coastal towns of Fife. Have a look at our route and the places we visited on our Google Map. Click on the blue pins to view some photos we took and some further info on the places we stopped.