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Crail is the epitome of historic Scottish coastal living

Located on Fife’s east coast between Kingsbarns and Cellardyke, Crail is ideally positioned away from the hustle and bustle for breathtaking coastal views and historic allure. Featuring classic cobbled streets, an enchanting harbour, and rich maritime heritage, this charming village promises to take you on a delightful journey through time.

At the heart of Crail lies its historic harbour dating back to the early 16th century. Today, it remains a lively hub for the local fishing industry, preserving Crail’s deep-rooted maritime tradition. You can explore Crail’s history at the Crail Heritage Centre, with exhibits dating back to the 12th century. And the 19th-century fishing cottages and iconic Crail Castle offer glimpses into the village’s evolution to a modern-day idyll.

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Take a stroll through time down Crail’s cobbled streets and past the traditional cottages to the breathtaking harbour and stunning sea views. The west pier offers panoramic views as you walk by colourful fishing boats and explore the coastal path.

Or if you want to venture further afield, Cellardyke and Anstruther are less than 4 miles away and offer plenty of activities, like wild swimming in tidal pools, boating trips to the Isle Of May, 18-hole golf courses and more. Heading north, you’ll find raceways, kart clubs, wildlife coasts and outdoor activities, all within a 10-minute drive.

Explore Crail

  • Why is Crail Harbour famous?

    Crail Harbour is famous for its beauty. Aside from a couple of creel boats, the rest of the watercraft are seasonal pleasure boats for visitors and locals who come to view the stunning coastal vistas and historic surroundings. 

    The trade from the harbour made Crail an important village for Scotland, so much so that it had a large mediaeval market. Nowadays, it’s still much-loved, and there’s even a replica made of Lego in Denmark.

  • Where is there to eat in Crail?

    There are quite a few places to go out and eat in Crail, including many seafood restaurants and takeaways, excellent bars and pubs, fish and chip shops, bakeries and more. Many are near the harbour or on Anstruther Road through the village.

  • What is the Crail Festival?

    Crail Festival is a family-friendly event celebrating all that Crail has to offer, from the local art to the food, future, history and more. The community festival runs for just over a week every July, and the website has all the information you might need to attend.

  • How to get to Crail?

    As it’s the most easterly village in the East Neuk of Fife, it has good transport links, but the most scenic and enjoyable route is along the coast by car.

    If public transport is more to your liking, there are direct buses from St Andrews regularly, and from Lundin Links, as well.