Captivating Coasts

“Sometimes I just need to get away, listen to the sound of the waves, feel the cool breeze on my face, and realise everything is really ok”

Due to Lockdown No2 which for us here in Scotland states that one cannot travel outside of their district we are stuck in Fife! Not too a bad place to be stuck in I guess as we have thousands of walks right here in our pocket.

The mountains have been calling us but for the past several weeks which now feel like an eternity we have been unable to go as we are abiding by the rules and doing the right thing – did you know we actually now have legal travel restrictions whereby you can be fined for travelling outside your area!

So Lockdown No2 has presented us with a sink or swim scenario, we could either embrace or dismiss it. We chose to embrace it and over the past few weeks we have been exploring our coastal area. A walk by the sea is special in all sorts of ways.

A bracing sea breeze, waves crashing against the rocks and soaring seabirds are just some of the reasons to walk by the sea…what more can one want. We have golden sands, clifftop views, dazzling wildlife and fascinating historical sights and stories all on our doorstep.

With paths winding over and around the undulating coastline, I find it incredibly peaceful walking beside the vast vista of blue and the sounds of sea resonating all around,….its little wonder why coastal walks are a top choice for many.

So off we went and here are some of my favourites!

Largo, a village in Fife, is a lovely little spot with a coastline of over 2.75 miles along Largo Bay.

After undertaking the coastal walk we decided to walk down to Lower Largo and wander the quirky streets of this ancient fishing village admiring some of their ‘street art’, feeling quite energized and inspired by it all.

Lower Largo is worth the exploring. We found ourselves in the midst of 20th Century housing and the historic core of the village before reaching a remarkably attractive village centre which backs onto the sea with a very unusual rivermouth harbour.

Viaduct over the Keil Burn flowing into the River Forth

As we wandered through some of the oldest parts of Lower Largo, the narrow Main Street winding its way along the shoreline, we had one final surprise in store.

We strolled past a pair of ‘ordinary’ looking stone cottages fronting the side of the road and at first floor level there was a life size bronze statue of Alexander Selkirk, whose adventures were used by Daniel Defoe as the inspiration for his novel Robinson Crusoe.

Selkirk’s statue stands on the site of the cottage in which he was born.

The Walled Garden

We revisited Largo on another occasion to undertake the last of our big hills in Fife to summit…our final Fife hill, although I could have been here as a child as we possibly hiked up every single hill in Fife and beyond!

Largo Law…..once a Munro? This was once a large active volcano but now the eroded remnant which once formed the centre of a much higher mountain is only 965ft.

Hills often have traditional stories associated with them and Largo Law is no different! One story tells of a gold mine hidden under the hill…we never found the gold…only mud…lots of mud!

We hiked up relatively quick until we reached the trig point before we retraced our steps.

The views across the Forth were pretty vast, we saw Bask Rock and across the waters to the Pentlands.

St. Andrews is another favourite of our seaside towns to walk around and its situated in such stunning surroundings.

It also has a renowned beautiful coastline as well as being known for its many golf courses, including the Old Course…off course! Today was a very beautiful day and as we walked we were also entertained by groups of windsurfers bracing this fine December day.

I love the architecture in St Andrews. It slightly reminds me of a miniature Edinburgh as we walk along the many narrow medieval back streets with gorgeous traditional buildings and old historical ones.

Crail is another favourite of mine and is one of the many picturesque East Neuk harbours, small but absolutely lovely.

As we wandered the harbour walls it’s impossible not to take in the amazing views.

I just love the ambiance of this small fishing village, the colours of the cottages and the little winding roads to the harbours its quaint and peaceful.

As well as wandering these beautiful shores we have even braved the sea, dipping our toes or should I say submerging our bodies in these waters whilst cliff jumping of the coastline of Elie…Life certainly is a Beach!!!

And yes it was absolutely FREEZING 😂💙🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🥶

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  1. Alice Reid says:

    Just got round to reading your Filfe coastal. You must remember going to one of the villages for fish and chips. We spent some time there when we came up for my 80th birthday. In fact you have taken a picture of the house Phillip &Anna rented
    You can just see the side of it with the big zviadict behind
    What time of the year did you do your diving and hopefully did your research before you jumped. I enjoy reading your blogs Mary bit sometimes don’t have the energy to answer. I now have the telephone number for the Hospice so can contact them if the need arises any time night or day
    Next project for you must be the Fife pilgrimage route
    All the best for 2021. I wont say Happy New Year as it looks as if Cofid will dominate this year as well.
    Love God Bless Aunty Alice xx

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    1. Hi there…wow I cannot believe I took a photo where Phillip and Anna rented a house…small world! I do love Largo and the many other fishing villages along that way…so scenic. I did the cliff jump the beginning of December…we are tough up here in Scotland remember 😂😉🤭…I’ve done bits of the Pilgrims Way but not the whole route….comes through Blairadam actually! Yes COVID looks like it here for another while 😡 so I guess you gotta just get through it…we’ve been staying local, finding some nice quiet spots and enjoying our walks! Sending our love as always xxx

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