“What could be better than finding your own bolthole
beside an ever-changing seascape and picturesque harbour?”


Curl up and watch the weather roll in, stroll down to the harbour after a Michelin-starred lunch (or your friendly local pub if you prefer) and fall asleep with the echo of the surf soothing your mind. 

Welcome to Cellardyke, a charming coastal village nestled in the heart of Anstruther

Take a moment to imagine yourself in Cellardyke, where time appears to slow down, and tranquillity abounds. Whether you are seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life or simply looking for a peaceful getaway, Cellardyke welcomes you with open arms.


The enchantment will surround you as you settle into your own personal hideaway. Picture yourself cosily curled by the window of your holiday home, watching dark rain clouds dance across the sky, followed by bursts of sunlight illuminating the picturesque harbour. The ever-changing seascape becomes your own as you explore the beauty of Cellardyke and Anstruther on the Fife Coastal Path.

The pretty harbour town of Cellardyke is thought to have evolved from “Sillerdykes” (literally ‘silverwalls’), a reference to the sun glinting off fish scales encrusted on fishing nets left to dry in the sun on the walls around the harbour.

The idyllic coastal village charms visitors with quaint scenes of washing lines fluttering in the breeze above the pretty harbour. But behind the sleepy streets, there is a hidden foodie gem. Tucked away near the harbour, in what was previously a smokehouse, you will find the Michelin-starred restaurant, The Cellar.

Cosy up by their wood-burning stoves and sample some of the finest local fish and seafood. Everything is immaculately and skilfully prepared under ancient, exposed beams. This is the perfect place to treat your loved one to a special meal or celebrate an occasion in style.

The Waterfront Restaurant is located in Anstruther, Fife, and offers a dining experience that showcases the beauty of the coastal surroundings and the region’s culinary treasures. The restaurant sources fresh, local ingredients and is dedicated to providing excellent service. You can enjoy the flavours of Scotland while taking in breathtaking sea views of the Firth of Forth.

The Dreel Tavern, dating back to at least the 18th century in Anstruther, is another laid-back gem. In summer, enjoy their beer garden, or for those darker months, hunker down in front of their grand open fire and try their haggis-nachos and black pudding scotch eggs.

The Isle of May is a national nature treasure seen over the water from Cellardyke. Daytrippers can take the ferry from Anstruther to admire the puffin colonies, or if you prefer a more high-octane ride, you can take an exhilarating boat trip around the island on an RIB with Osprey.

Isle of May

Osprey rib boat and May Princess


You can spot seals in the summer months. However, the island is closed October-Easter to protect the many fluffy grey seal pups who call the island home!

The only sounds you are likely to hear at Cellardyke harbour are the seabirds or the odd creel boat, but Anstruther is much more bustling.

Cellardyke harbour

Anstruther’s adjoining harbour has working boats, tourist boats and a plethora of cafes, pubs and shops to enjoy (not to mention the famous Anstruther Fish Bar.)

Both harbours are peaceful and inspiring spots, offering a relaxing escape, and still only 15 15-minute drive from the bright lights of St Andrews or the soft sands of Elie. This is a part of the world with plenty of diversions and attractions for every age and stage. We think it’s perfect for that long-awaited family get-together or reunion of friends.

Let Premier Stays find the ideal spot for your next break. Check out our beautifully appointed, modern properties in Cellardyke and Anstruther as a good starting point!

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Cellardyke tidal pool

The Cellardyke tidal pool is a hidden gem on the beautiful coast of Fife. Nestled in the charming fishing village of Cellardyke, this tidal pool offers a refreshing and invigorating experience for locals and visitors alike. With its crystal-clear waters and stunning views of the surrounding coastline, it’s the perfect spot to take a dip and soak up the sun.

Cellardyke Tidal Pool

The pool is easily accessible and has shallow areas for children to splash around in, making it a great destination for families. So grab your towel, sunscreen, and sense of adventure, and head to the Cellardyke tidal pool for a day of fun in the sun!

What is the best UK seaside town to live in and why?

Cellardyke is one of the best UK seaside towns to live in due to its charming coastal location, friendly community, and scenic views. With its picturesque harbor, beautiful beaches, and proximity to amenities, it offers a high quality of life for residents seeking a peaceful and idyllic coastal lifestyle.

What are the notable landmarks or attractions in Cellardyke?

Notable landmarks and attractions in Cellardyke include the Cellardyke Harbour, which offers stunning views of the fishing village; the Fisheries Museum, showcasing the area’s rich maritime history; and the picturesque coastal walks along the Fife Coastal Path, offering breathtaking scenery of the coastline.