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Tayport clings to the corner of Fife that juts into the Tay Estuary where it meets the North Sea. With a small but perfectly-formed harbour providing protection from the waves, views across to Broughty Ferry and miles of sandy beach to wander along, Tayport’s a great spot for nature lovers, sailors, beachcombers and anyone who enjoys discovering a new area.

Formerly known as Ferry-Port on Craig, in the 11th century, pilgrims from St Andrews travelled to this coastal hamlet to be ferried across the Tay and continue their pilgrimage to Arbroath Abbey. Centuries later, ferries were still making the trip across the estuary, carrying travellers and even railway carriages, a service which continued until the Tay Rail Bridge opened in 1878.

Today, Tayport Harbour is largely a marina, with yachts and small boats berthed at the jetties - perfect for photos. As you wander round the harbour, keep an eye on the Tay. A large pod of bottlenose dolphins lives in the estuary and they often make an appearance close to the harbour entrance, especially on summer evenings.

Tayport is also home to one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries. The family-run Tayport Distillery makes artisan spirits inspired by the distillery’s surroundings, including Wild Rose Gin containing wild roses found on the banks of the River Tay and a liqueur made from local raspberries.

Just around the coast lies Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, home to seals, seabirds, wildfowl, dragonflies, rare butterflies, otters and a very popular snack bar, Salt and Pine Scotland.

To really get a feel for the area and discover it's heritage, why not tackle the 4 mile circular trail - Tayport Heritage Trail.

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