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Cellardyke is quietly charming all over

Positioned right next to Anstruther in the East Neuk of Fife in Scotland, Cellardyke flies under the radar of busy tourist spots and offers a quiet, calm and charming stay. 

The harbour was once one of the most important ports in Scotland, but now it sits as a monument to traditional fishing ports and offers beautiful views out to the Isle Of May. The beauty of Cellardyke lies in its realism as a home, a traditional Scottish fishing village and a snapshot of the past. 

With a couple of coastal pubs and restaurants, a takeaway or two and a few shops, fishmongers and bakeries, it’s low-key living at its finest.

Choose a Cellardyke holiday cottage for calm nights after your busy days

Located next door to Anstruther and all its activities and possibilities, Cellardyke can provide the calm in your holiday from home. Plus, with St. Andrews and all its historic and creative activities just a 20-minute drive away, as well as Caiplie Caves and Scotland’s Secret Bunker, all close by, it’s a good base for your stay. 

If you want to revel in the charm and calm of the village, then why not try a bit of sea swimming by the harbour or walk into Anstruther for a boating trip? Several boats take passengers to the Isle Of May to explore the nature reserve every day between May and October, and it’s only a 15-minute walk along the coast to catch one. Alternatively, head in the other direction to visit Cellardyke’s Tidal pool for a dip, some paddleboarding, remote-control boating, wildlife watching and more.

Explore Cellardyke

  • Where is there to eat in Cellardyke?

    Cellardyke is a small village, and there are a select few bars and restaurants to choose from. Most are on the coastal roads, John Street and George Street, and offer familiar pub favourites, seafood specials, delicious sandwiches, all-day breakfasts and more.

    For those who want to grab and go, there’s a Chinese takeaway and local bakery all within 5 minutes of the coast. Or if you fancy something fancier, The Dory Bistro and Gallery in Pittenweem is Michelin-reviewed and just a 7-minute drive away. And don’t forget, you can always find more pubs, restaurants and takeaways next door in Anstruther.

  • What is the Cellardyke Tidal Pool?

    A tidal pool is a seawater pool that forms with the tide. They’re typically free from harsh currents and are safe to swim in. It’s recommended you wear protective clothing and hand or footwear to prevent injury from the rocks in the basin.

    Cellardyke Tidal Pool or ‘The Bathie’ as locals call it, has a long history as a bathing pool open to the public for wild swimming. Recent renovation work by the dedicated local community group means it’s becoming a much more popular destination for wild swimming in the local community and with visitors as the fresh sea waters bring refreshment, opportunity and fun!

    Remember to check the local social media pages for any closures due to renovation work before travelling.

  • Is Cellardyke part of Anstruther?

    No, Cellardyke is not a part of Anstruther – they sit side-by-side on the East Neuk of Fife but are not one and the same. 

    Cellardyke is part of the Parish of Kilrenny and is said to be named after ‘Sillardykes’ – the name given to the sun glinting off of fishing nets and scales drying in the harbour. Anstruther is part of the Anstruther Easter Parish.

  • What is Cellardyke known for?

    Cellardyke is known as a snapshot of old Scotland and its historic fishing traditions. It’s a traditional village with charming buildings and quiet living.

  • How to get to Cellardyke?

    It’s easiest to drive to Cellardyke but buses run from St. Andrews and Lundin Links and take around 30 minutes. Check Stagecoach East Scotland for times.

Cellardyke harbour