The charming village of Pittenweem is crammed full with places of interest, and it has one of the most active harbours on the east Neuk coast of Fife. In fact it’s the only village along this beautiful coastline that’s retained its fishing culture and tradition, and there’s much to discover from a stay in a self-catering cottage.
Six miles offshore, you’ll see the Isle of May alive with nesting seabirds (particularly puffins), and owned and run by the Scottish Natural Heritage. Hop across to the island on a pleasure cruise from Anstruther and see for yourself why this small island has been hailed ‘The Jewel of the Forth’.
Pittenweem means ‘place of the cave’ and the village’s heritage through this, owes a lot to the ancient St Fillan’s Cave on Cove Wynd – a site which is still used by pilgrims today. Just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, yet a whole world apart, Pittenweem is a lovely base for a Scottish retreat.