The Ship Inn

Elie, Fife
+44 (0)1333 330246
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£100 - £220
per night

A heavenly inn on Fife’s south coast - the terrace overlooks the beach, lovely food waits within, chic rooms are a steal


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£100 - £220 per night

The Experience

There are few inns where you can sit on the terrace and watch a game of cricket on the beach below. But it’s not beach cricket as you know it. This is serious stuff, played at low tide, and Mark Waugh, Viv Richards and Wasim Akram have all tried their hand. As for this cute little boutique inn, it’s as good as any in the land, and it doubles as the pavilion… and the venue for post-match celebrations, no doubt. On sunny days, you decant onto the terrace for lunch in the sun and gaze across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh’s hills. Inside, contemporary rustic design mixes with roaring fires and the odd stone wall. Sofas and armchairs are scattered about, staff weave through the throng delivering delicious food – fish and seafood from local waters, lamb and beef from nearby farms, sinful puddings you can’t resist; there are regular barbecues on the terrace, too. Smart rooms have seaside colours, crisp linen, coffee machines, fancy bathrooms with walk-in showers; those at the front have sea views, too. St Andrews waits for a round of golf, the Fife coastal path for excellent walks. A perfect place.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £100
Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per night.
5 Twin/doubles
From £100
1 Twin/double
From £100


Booking information

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Other details
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch & dinner £5-£35. Sunday lunch from £12.95.


I'd been for dinner here before but never stayed. Now I'll never go for dinner and NOT stay. Friendly staff, great food, a beautiful room and breakfast upstairs in the restaurant overlooking the bay. It was perfect.

Christopher, Edinburgh

The location of this Inn is beautiful and we struck a magic sunny couple of days! Our room was beautifully appointed with a lovely roomy bathroom and view across the harbour. The walks around this place and the village itself were delightful. We had stayed at the Bridge Inn owned by the same people but this Inn is clearly managed differently. We experienced staff bickering and the efficiency and service generally was not up to the professional standard of the Bridge Inn at Ratho. The location made up for the staff issues for us.


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Graham & Rachel Bucknall

Rachel has three pubs in Scotland. She works closely with the chefs in each one as food is her driving force. You are looked after by a friendly team of well-trained staff.