Birthday day out to Anstruther

This week has been full of treats and trips out as part of my birthday celebrations. As I have gotten older I have come to realise that experiences and time spent with loved ones is far superior to gifts and things I probably don’t actually need (sorry if that sounds ungrateful of me). Saying that I have been bought a new pair of softshell trousers which I shall tell you about soon. Last week the Dude asked me what I fancied doing for my birthday and I had no clue and told him to decide. He chose well. “How about a birthday day out to Anstruther? Its on the coast.” The answer was of course, yes.

In years gone by Anstruther was a fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife and although the village’s heritage and history has not been forgotten the harbour now mainly serves recreational vessels. The Scottish Fisheries Museum is on the harbour front and is open all year round. Tourism now plays the main role in the village and even on a rather bracing February day there were still more people out and about than I imaged there would be. 
Anstruther Harbour, Fife, Scotland Travel Tips, Scottish Travel Blog, Scotland

We parked in a free car park at the top of the village (near the Co-Op) and took the short walk onto the harbour front in about five minutes. Greeted by the small beach and a view of the sea – this brought a smile to my face. I love the seaside. Deciding to make the short walk across to Cellardyke we wandered through the narrow streets and both agreed it had a very Cornish village feel about it, which we love. A fantastic array of cottages and town houses, some dated in the 1800’s.

Anstruther, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog, Scotland Travel Tips

Cellardyke is probably less than half a mile walk from Anstruther harbour and you get some quite unique views of the sea through vennels and the odd driveway or two. The much smaller harbour wall here shows some quite obvious history and the oldest part is dated in the 1400’s with the most recent being built around 2002.

Cellardyke Harbour, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog, Scotland Travel Tips

Just to the far side of Cellardyke on the coast we came across some rocks which we initially thought were just covered in gulls but the Dude spotted a number of eider ducks. Fantastic to see. I have only ever seen them at WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire before so to see them in the wild was amazing. This photo doesn’t do them justice as I only had my 35mm lens with me.

Cellardyke, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog, Scotland Travel Tips

Back in Anstruther we stopped for a hot chocolate and to thaw out a bit and then ventured to the other side of the village, beach and along the coastal path. There were some great views from the tower up by the golf course looking back into the harbour. Walking along the beach never fails to make me smile or stop me in my tracks. Lots of beautiful shells on the course sand caught my eye. Sadly so did the car tyre, rope and juice bottle. I picked the bottle up and threw it in the bin – one good deed for the day. By now there are more and more people on the beach with children or dogs, the air filled with excited barks and laughter.

Anstruther, Fife, Scotland Travel Blog, Scotland Travel Tips
Anstruther, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog, Scotland Travel Tips Fife, Scottish Travel Blog, Scotland Travel Tips

Apparently no trip to Anstruther is complete unless you have been to the multi award winning and “UK’s Best Fish & Chip Shop”  – Anstruther Fish Bar. So it was rude not to pop in. Easy choice for me prawns in batter and for the Dude haddock and chips. Included in the price of our meal was a piece of bread and butter and a hot drink.
Anstruther Fish Bar, Fife, Scotland Travel Tips, Scottish Travel Blog
Anstruther, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog, Scotland Travel Tips Anstruther, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog, Scotland Travel Tips

Amazingly fresh seafood in crispy batter and non greasy chips, washed down with Irn Bru this was the perfect birthday fish supper.

I think this goes without saying but this birthday day out to Anstruther is highly recommended and maybe shouldn’t be just a once a year treat. We had a great day and the weather was kind to us. Happy birthday me!


  1. Cathy Glynn February 19, 2016 at 06:58

    Happy birthday, it looks like you had a fab birthday treat. You can’t beat a visit to the coast x

    1. Melanie February 19, 2016 at 09:58

      Thank you. Since moving to Scotland we are less than an hours drive to a beach, no excuse not to go now!

  2. Joanna February 19, 2016 at 13:01

    Happy birthday. Looks like u had a lovely day. I love ur photos looks like a fab place to go.

    1. Melanie February 19, 2016 at 13:35

      Thank you. It really was fab.

  3. Kizzy February 19, 2016 at 19:48

    Looks like a fantastic way to spend a birthday, especially with those fresh fish and chips. Happy birthday

  4. Kara February 20, 2016 at 10:18

    What a stunning place to visit and mine would have a field day with all those shells. Happy Birthday xx

  5. Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours February 20, 2016 at 11:59

    Great photo’s. Looks lovely there, I haven’t visited Scotland apart from once with the girl guides when I was much younger, I’d love to explore.

  6. Rachel February 20, 2016 at 16:41

    Happy Birthday and a visit to the coast is my idea of heaven x

  7. Ickle Pickle February 22, 2016 at 13:46

    This looks like such a beautiful place, and a great day for a birthday. Belated Happy Birthday! Kaz x

    1. Melanie February 22, 2016 at 15:00

      It was really pretty and it didn’t rain – bonus! Thank you x

  8. Candace February 25, 2016 at 16:28

    Looks like you had a lovely day out. I just love the seaside this time of year

    1. Melanie February 26, 2016 at 09:32

      Yes I did, thank you. I think cold days when you are all wrapped up to go to the beach are the best

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