Beach House Walk

Discover Fife

Fife is a great place for golfing, cycling, walking, or just relaxing!

Beach House Walk is ideally situated in the heart of Crail village and is perfect for exploring the East Neuk of Fife either on foot, bicycle, by bus or by car.  From the quaint fishing village and Crail harbour, to the historic town of St Andrews, well known for the University of St Andrews, and renowned as the home of golf.

Crail village and harbour

With the location of Crail being nestled into the east coast of Fife it is said to be the one of the driest parts in Scotland. It therefore makes a great choice for a self catering holiday by the beach with 17 blue flag beaches to choose from in Fife. Crail lies just 10 miles south of St Andrews and is a pretty little fishing village and harbour with several shops, cafés, hotels and beaches. There is a museum and heritage centre where you can learn all about Crail’s seafaring tradition, the 220 year-old Golf Club and the Airfield history. Each year, Crail hosts the Annual Arts and Children’s Festival and Garden Open Days where you can visit the lovely private gardens of the residents of Crail, and appreciate the breath-taking harbour views. Crail has a more comely air, with its handsome merchant houses, tranquil streets and picturesque harbour whose ancient stone walls curl around protectively, embracing the boats that shelter there.

The history of Crail

The settlement dates from as far back as the Pictish period. Well settled by the 800s, Crail was a thriving town by the 1100s and was made a Royal Burgh by Robert the Bruce in 1310. He also gave it the right to hold markets on a Sunday.

 

At one time, Crail was the most important sea port in the East Neuk of Fife, a centre for the export of fish, salt, mutton and wool to mainland Europe, particularly Holland.

Crail Aerodrome, to the north of the town, started life as a naval air station during the First World War. In the run-up to the Second World War it became HMS Jackdaw. Planes from the airfield took part in the final attack on the Tirpitz in 1944. Polish soldiers stationed at Crail during the Second World War helped the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh purchase the disused United Presbyterian Church (built 1859). In 1942, it become Most Holy Trinity Church. The Church has recently been renovated and contains an icon to Our Lady of Poland painted by one of the Polish soldiers.

After the war, the airfield was taken over by the Royal Navy and renamed HMS Bruce. After closure, the Joint Services School for Linguists (JSSL) was based here in the 19 51 the British armed services to provide language training, principally in Russian, and largely to selected conscripts undergoing National Service. It was initially located at three main sites near Bodmin, Caterham and In 1956 the three were amalgamated at Crail. The school closed with the ending of conscription in 1960.

Visit St Andrews

The town is named after Saint Andrew whose relics were supposedly brought to the town by Saint Rule.  Established in its present form in 1140, the town grew to become the ecclesiastical and intellectual capital of Scotland in the Middle Ages.  The University is the third oldest in the English speaking world and the third oldest in the UK.  Well known previous students include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, J M Barrie and Douglas Haig.

 

In St Andrews, you will find a fabulous selection of shops, restaurants, hotels and golf coursed including the world renowned St Andrews Golf Course.  You will also find museums, a Cathedral, the St Andrews Aquarium and a cinema.

Things to do in the Kingdom of Fife

There’s always plenty to do in Crail and further afield in the Kingdom of Fife, no matter what time of year you visit.

Browse our list of ideas below and click the title for more information on a venue or activity.

The Scottish Deer Centre

Take a walk on the wild side and visit one of Fife's largest visitor attractions. A big day out for the whole family. Get up close with the wolves, deer and wild cats, and experience the wonderful birds of prey …

The British Golf Museum

Their collection tells the fascinating story of British golf, through material dating from the 17th century to the present day. It is the most comprehensive golf collection in Britain, and one of the finest worldwide, celebrating golf from grass roots …

St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company

Visit the farm, where you can watch the cheese-making in progress from their specially constructed Viewing Gallery. Complete your visit with a light lunch or fresh coffee and home baking in the ‘Butterpat’ Coffee Shop, with its splendid views down …

St Andrews East Sands Beach

The East Sands beach is located on the south side of the old harbour close to the East Sands Leisure Centre. It is a sandy beach with a path on the inland side. Due to its close proximity to the …

St Andrews Aquarium

Step into an underwater world of adventure and discovery. Come face to face with some of the most beautiful, fascinating and dangerous creatures of the watery worlds. From British sharks to spiders, lobsters to lionfish, poison dart frogs to piranhas, …

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