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21 Shoregate - Self-catering cottage in Fife

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Crail, Fife
Scotland, United Kingdom

Susan Irvine

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+44 (0)7879 480529(mobile)

Roll out the Scrabble in this adorable fisherman's cottage above the harbour at Crail. Perfect for 2 couples, and great fish 'n chips nearby

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This immaculate fisherman's cottage just above exquisite Crail's harbour gives you a warm hug of a welcome. Views from the pretty garden stretch over rooftops to the Firth of Forth; bliss to eat out here on a summer's day. Inside is perfect: cool colours and pretty objets run throughout, while plump armchairs and sofa front the gas-fired stove; roll out the Scrabble, choose a DVD. The ground floor is open-plan with a Shaker-style kitchen that holds all you need, and a dining table for four. Upstairs are two bedrooms, not huge but stylish, with thick mattresses, crisp linen, lovely quilts – and a smart bathroom between them. Small but beautifully formed, No 21 would suit close friends or a family, or a couple of romancers. Beach towels and flasks are at the ready... stroll down to the Lobster Store, a wooden hut on the harbour wall that sells just-caught lobster and crab – Crail once supplied London with 20,000 lobsters a year! There are several fish restaurants here, and the best fish and chips in Scotland at Anstruther. Head off for golf along the coast (St Andrews is close) and handsome Edinburgh – under an hour. A real gem.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Local points of interest from Susan Irvine:

Local points of interest from
Susan Irvine:

  • Fife is the home of golf with fifty courses including the Old Course at St Andrews (9 miles), Crail's own Balcomie, laid out by Old Tom Morris, and spectacular Kingsbarns, 3 miles away.
  • Scotland's best fish and chip shop at Anstruther. (10 minutes drive or an hours walk along the coastal path)
  • The stunning coastal path linking the fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife and beyond. (The path runs right past the cottage)
  • Fantastic restaurants both posh and not nearby including Michelin-starred The Peat Inn and our favourite, the unpretentious East Pier Smokehouse & Cafe; or just pop down to Crail harbour - 1 min walk - and get a lobster cooked to order.
  • Nearby St Andrews with its ruined cathedral, Scotland's oldest university, spectacular West Sands (of Chariots of Fire fame), great gourmet shopping, and just beyond, Tentsmuir Forest home to eagles, red squirrels and on the beach, lots of seals
  • Fresh local produce in the village and at nearby farm shops including Ardross Farm Shop, named Farm Shop of the year 2014.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at 21 Shoregate for a week in early October. Such a delightful, cozy, beautifully decorated cottage in one of our favourite places, Crail in East Neuk Scotland. The whole experience, from booking onwards was a pleasure. The cottage is in amazing location in the centre of Crail close to the charming ancient harbour and would suit a visit any time of the year. The lovely back garden is a lovely place to spend time while enjoying the view of the North Sea and the Firth of Forth. It is so easy to explore Fife, including St. Andrews. A perfect spot."

Sandy - Nanoose Bay, Canada

October 2016
"Our 2nd visit, the house is beautiful and very well equipped. Perfect position very quiet and easy to park. House is very comfortable and cosy. Brilliant location to unwind, local cafes, pubs and shops all very close by. Footpaths to explore the coast and easy walking and nicely spaced between villages which are all charming."
February 2014
"This is an exquisite place to stay. We've been twice and would happily stay forever. Each visit was in the depths of winter and it was a perfect place to simply lie low. We walked quite a bit and thought about dining in some of the superb restaurants nearby but in the end opted to stay and dine indoors. It's also a perfect spot to do some writing and reading. Or that rarest of things - time to think, and simply be. "
December 2013

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  • 1 Cottage for 4
Price:(i) £490 to£820 per week

4-night stay, £350. Dogs £20. Twin can be converted to double (super-king) for £20.

Booking info:

Children over 6 welcome.



Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Back garden small but secure. Fife Coastal path runs by the door; 2-minute walk from 2 beaches.

Dog treats:

Treat bag, balls, ball thrower, dog towels, various size dog bowls, biodegradeable poop bags, advice on dog-friendly cafés and pubs and guide to local walks.

Dog fee:

Dogs £20 per stay. Max. 1.

Bringing your dog

Crail, Fife

Self-catering 21 Shoregate (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 1 double, 1 twin/double; 1 bath/shower room
Price: (i) £ 490 to £ 820 per week

Susan Irvine

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+44 (0)7879 480529(mobile)