Twenty one things to do for buttons or even for free in the East Neuk

Kindly supplied by Ronald McDonald www.pittenweemharbour.co.uk

1) Watch the fishing boats leave from Pittenweem harbour, or watch them return and land their catch.

2) Visit the walled organic garden at Kellie Castle.

3) Spend the day in Tentsmuir Nature Reserve and Sands. Take bicycles and barbecue makings or picnic hamper/coolbox.

4) On alternative Thursdays and Fridays pick up a bargain at Macgregors Auction in St Andrews (Thursdays for bric-a-brac, ceramics, pictures, boxed lots, Friday for furniture).

5) Stand behind the 18th Green and 1st tee at the Old Course and jeer at the poor unfortunate whose golfing career has been leading up to this moment and who then makes a complete cods of the first drive and clap appreciatively for any good drives or chips landing on the green at the 18th. When you are tired of this (or if the unfortunate becomes threatening), go play the Himalayas, the 18 hole putting green next to the R & A (70p).

6) Walk around the East Neuk villages, taking in Pittenweem’s Wynds, St Fillan’s cave, Crail Harbour, the village and loch at Kilconquhar and St Monans Kirk and windmill.

7) Walk part of the Fife Coastal path every day.

8) Do the Chain Walk south of Earlsferry.

9) Go to the Crail Car Boot Sale (alternate Sundays).

10) Visit a museum with free entry – Crail Museum and Heritage Centre, St Monans Heritage Museum, St Andrews Museum and St Andrews Preservation Trust and Garden.

11) Visit the spot where 24 year old student, Patrick Hamilton, was burnt at the stake in November 1528. Apparently he’d gone off to Germany for his third year and came back worried about his ’kreishlauf’, demanding a ’Platz an der sonne’ and spouting National Socialist propaganda. They knew a thing or two about how to deal with bolshie students in those days.

12) Admire the aeronautic skills of the fulmar as they swoop across the cliffs behind St Andrews cathedral then (on Sunday) to the pier walk. Wear a red cloak if you want to be taken for a student.

13) Visit an art gallery – many in Pittenweem, Crail or St Andrews

14) Visit Crail Pottery.

15) Get a copy of the weekly ’What’s On’ guide from any of the Tourist Information Centres and do something unusual like going to an inaugural lecture by a University Professor.

16) Do a trawl of St Andrews classy charity shops (located in South St., Bell St and Greyfriars Garden).

17) Go to Dunino Church, go through the blue gate at the side of the church and enter the mystical dell – dependent on your mood, it’s somewhere between the Hobbit and the Blair Witch Project.

18) Look in estate agents windows and marvel at the high cost of property in the East Neuk.

19) Go the Cellar Bar at Aikmans and listen to some live rock or folk (join in if you brought an instrument as Tuesdays are folk sessions).

20) Go to magus Muir and stand at the spot where Archbishop Sharp was murdered in front of his daughter Isabel in May 1679 and a few yards away visit the gravestone of the Covenanters dispatched 6 months later in a revenge execution.

21) Go the Lower Largo and see the house where Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on an island off Chile for 4 years, was born. Selkirk was the inspiration for Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Then lunch at the Robinson Crusoe pub.

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