There are few places in Southern Scotland more charming than Anstruther, where emerald meadows meet the cool waters of the Firth of Forth. Located south of St. Andrews, the old fishing village offers a cheery mix of bobbing boats, cobbled streets and award-winning fish and chips.
Things to do in Anstruther
Stroll along the harbourside and watch local fishers returning with their catch before tasting the famous seafood at Anstruther Fish Bar. Opened in 1980 by the Smith Family, the prestigious fish bar has been awarded the UK’s Best Fish and Chip Shop two years in a row.
Encounter Scotland’s local wildlife on a ferry trip to the Isle of May, a National Nature Reserve. The island offers a wonderful opportunity to observe seals swimming around the rocky ledges and adorable puffins popping out of their cliffside burrows. History enthusiasts can stop by the Visitor Center for a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s Viking past.
Dive into Scotland’s fishing heritage at the award-winning Scottish Fisheries Museum. Overlooking Anstruther’s old fishing port, the 16th-century Merchants House and Historic Boatyard boast over 65,000 artifacts showcasing the traditional dress and customs of local fishing folk.
Do you love crafts? Take a candle making class and invent your own bespoke scent at Jo Macfarlane, a luxury candle boutique in the heart of Anstruther. If you’re a connoisseur of cheese, don’t miss the tour and tastings at St. Andrews Farmhouse, where you can discover the art of perfecting golden Cheddar, Camembert and Brie.
Getting around Anstruther
Anstruther is a 1.5-hour drive south of Dundee Airport. Coaches arrive from Edinburgh within 2.5 hours and continue onto St. Andrews. The village is easily navigated on foot, while rental cars, boats and buses are available for exploring the Firth Coast.