Postcard from Anstruther.

This is our 4th year spending the October half term in Anstruther in The East Neuk, Fife. Still not sure if the name of the place is pronounced Anstruther or Anster- opinions differ…..

We originally came here when our son started uni at St Andrews and fell in love with the place. As it has a thriving secondary school, the town remains viable all year round though it is probably most famous for its fish and chip shops. It also boasts the usual crafty type shops, a fisheries’ museum and a satisfying number of pubs. Why Anstruther needs quite so many hairdressers and pharmacies is not quite so obvious….

Anstruther is also on the Fife Coastal Path; from here you can walk in either direction along the coast, as far as you can/want, then get the bus back. But today (Monday) we limited ourselves to a walk to Pittenweem and back.

Any holiday in the UK, especially in October, is dominated by one theme: the weather. The predominant theme for today: windy. Combined with a very high tide, this produced some spectacular waves:

The wind also made it difficult for our intrepid walkers to, well, walk…

We made it to Pittenweem harbour, an active fishing harbour:

and we made it back for a drink or two at The Bank, dominoes and fish and chips from the Wee Chippy.

This is only a postcard; a detailed letter may (or may not) follow.


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