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Things to do in the East Neuk  
Pittenweem Harbour

Twenty one things to do for buttons or even for free in the East Neuk

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  1. Watch the fishing boats leave from Pittenweem harbour, or watch them return and land their catch. NB If you’re staying at 20 East Shore no need to get out of bed for this.
  2. Kellie Castle and garden Visit the walled organic garden at Kellie Castle
  3. Spend the day in Tentsmuir Nature Reserve and Sands. Take bicycles (owner provided) and barbecue makings or picnic hamper/coolbox (owner provided).
  4. On alternate Thursdays and Fridays pick up a bargain at Macgregors Auction in St Andrews (Thursdays for bric-a-brac, ceramics, pictures, boxed lots, Friday for furniture).
  5. Stand behind the 18th Green and 1st tee at the Old Course and jeer at the poor unfortunate whose golfing career has been leading up to this moment and who then makes a complete cods of his first drive and clap appreciatively for any good drives or chips landing on the green at the 18th. When you’re tired of this (or if the unfortunate becomes threatening), go play the Himalayas, the 18 hole putting green next to the R&A (70p).
  6. Walk around the East Neuk villages, taking in Pittenweem’s wynds, St Fillan’s cave, Crail Harbour, the village and loch at Kilconquhar and St Monans kirk and windmill.
  7. Walk part of the Fife Coastal Path every day.
  8. Do the Chain Walk south of Earlsferry.
  9. Go to Crail Car Boot Sale (alternate Sundays).
  10. Visit a museum with free entry - Crail Museum and Heritage Centre , St Monans Heritage Museum, St Andrews Museum and St Andrews Preservation Trust and Garden.
  11. The site of Patrick Hamilton's execution Visit the spot where 24 year old student, Patrick Hamilton was burnt at the stake in November 1528. Apparently he’d gone off to Germany for his third year and came back worried about his 'Kreislauf', demanding a 'Platz an der Sonne' and spouting National Socialist propaganda. They knew a thing or two about how to deal with bolshie students in those days.
  12. Admire the aeronautic skills of the fulmar as they swoop across the cliffs behind St Andrews cathedral then (on Sundays) do the pier walk. Wear a red cloak if you want to be taken for a student.
  13. Visit an art gallery. Pittenweem is awash with them and there’s also the Crawford Arts Centre in St Andrews.
  14. Visit Crail Pottery.
  15. Get a copy of the weekly 'What’s On' guide from any of the Tourist Information Centres and do something unusual like going to an inaugural lecture by a university professor.
  16. Do a trawl of St Andrews classy charity shops (located in South St, Bell St and Greyfriars Garden).
  17. Birthplace of Alexander Selkirk Go to Dunino Church, go through the blue gate at the side of the church and enter the mystical dell - dependent on your mood it’s somewhere between the Hobbit and the Blair Witch Project.
  18. Look in estate agents windows and marvel at the high cost of property in the East Neuk.
  19. Go to the Cellar Bar at Aikmans and listen to some live rock or folk (join in if you brought an instrument as Tuesdays are folk sessions).
  20. Go to Magus Muir and stand at the spot where Archbishop Sharp was murdered in front of his daughter Isabel in May 1679 and a few yards away visit the gravestone of the Covenanters dispatched 6 months later in a revenge execution.
  21. Go to Lower Largo and see the house where Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on an island off Chile for over 4 years, was born. Selkirk was the inspiration for Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Then lunch at the Robinson Crusoe pub.

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  1. Visit the Isle of May on board the May Princess. Take binoculars (owner provided) as the island is a breeding ground for puffins, guillemots and razorbills. You’ll also see plenty of grey seals which pup here in October.
  2. Do some form of watersports in Elie or St Andrews (East Sands).
  3. Cafe bar at the Byre Theatre Take in some live theatre at the Byre in St Andrews.
  4. Find something you’d like to see at the New Picture House Cinema in St Andrews (3 screens).
  5. Too cool for swimming? Visit the East Sands Leisure Centre in St Andrews or if you want waves and rapids then go to the Olympia Centre in Dundee.
  6. Go into the ballot for a round on the Old Course. If successful it will rid you of £50 in winter and £110 in summer. Or if you don’t want to take a chance just hand over £70 at St Andrews Bay or £135 at Kingsbarns.
  7. Do the historical walking tour of St Andrews town and university.
  8. Do the historical open top bus tour of St Andrews town and university if your feet are killing you or you’re just feeling lazy.
  9. Spend an hour at the Secret Bunker. Maggie had her nuclear des res in a hole at Box near Bath. This place was where the Scots powers that be were going to scurry when the balloon went up. From here they would be in a position to offer helpful advice to their fellow countrymen on matters such as how to build your personal nuclear shelter under the stairs using cardboard cartons.
  10. Go for lunch at the Links Clubhouse in St Andrews. Try to grab the corner table which gives a great view of the 18th green of the New Course.
  11. Horse riding in the Tentsmuir Forest Go horseriding in Tentsmuir Forest.
  12. Buy a kite from Wind & Water and fly it on the West Sands.
  13. Visit a museum - there’s the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther £3.50) and the British Golf Museum in St Andrews (£4).
  14. Go down the mines and counter-mines, early examples of siege techniques at St Andrews Castle (£3).
  15. Take the kids to Craigtoun Country Park for a fabulous day out with adventure playground, trampolines, miniature railway, aviary, putting, crazy golf, boating and the like. Entrance ticket pays for all facilities.
  16. Avoid St Andrews Aquarium and visit Deep Sea World in North Queensferry instead.
  17. Visit Sensation - scientific discovery centre in Dundee. Kids won’t want to leave.
  18. Discovery Point, Dundee Visit Discovery Point in Dundee where Captain Scott's famous polar exploration ship, Discovery, has returned home. Then go over the road and have lunch in the Jute Café Bar at the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts)
  19. Visit the Scottish Deer Centre and feed the beasts by hand, watch the wolves being fed (not by hand) and be amazed by the falconry displays.
  20. Spend time wandering around St Andrews Botanic Garden
  21. Enjoy some light exercise at Elie Sports Club where golf (ideal for juniors, seniors and improvers), driving range, putting, tennis and bowling are on offer.

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