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With its small but thriving High Street, renowned golf courses, excellent eating places and historic buildings, Crail is the epitome of a charming Fife rural town, while its harbour area’s the perfect example of an East Neuk fishing village. Thanks to the eye-catching harbour, complete with creel boats, sailing boats and lobster pots, Crail’s Shoregate is one of the most photographed waterfronts in the UK

Crail High Street has all the shops required for a Fife feast, including a family-run butchers, an independent grocer selling local produce, an artisan bakery – and a fish and chip shop. Come to Crail in June and you’ll also experience the culinary delights of Crail Food Festival.

The harbour is reached by a steep, cobbled street, bordered by step-gabled houses once owned by fishermen and shipowners. Stop off at Crail Pottery or Crail Harbour Gallery & Tea Room, where the paintings battle for attention with the stunning sea views.

Once at the Shoregate, why not take your seat by the harbour wall and enjoy a locally-caught, cooked-to-order lobster? The Lobster Hut is open during the summer and also sells another East Neuk delight, dressed Crail crab.

If golf’s your game, Crail Golfing Society has two golf courses: Craighead Links and Balcomie Links, where there’s a sea view at every hole.

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