Article by: Nikki

I am the eldest of three daughters working in the business and have been managing the shop since 2016. I love food, speaking to people and the environment. I also spend a lot of time in the kitchen at home cooking and baking with my two little boys, so this is my perfect job.

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05 February 2022

Takeaway and The Fife Coastal Path

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Did you know that we are a stone’s throw from the Fife Coastal Path?

The Fife Coastal Path is a wonderful walk that takes you from the Kincardine Bridge right around the beautiful Fife coast to the Tay Road Bridge. Originally created in 2002 running from North Queensferry to Tayport, it was extended in 2012 to take in the entire Fife coast. The path, usually takes between one week and ten days to walk in full, and is 116 miles long. The route is broken up into different sections and can be accessed at many points along the way.

We could be bias, however we think the stretch along the East Neuk is particularly beautiful. From Elie to St.Monans is a relatively easy stretch to walk and the beaches along our fields are beautiful. It’s just 3.7 miles long and will take roughly 1.5 hours to walk.

The Fife Coast and Countryside Trust describes the stretch past our farm;

‘The Elie to St Monans section begins Ruby Bay, once a site famous for Red Garnet gemstones. Follow the path, taking a recommended and short detour to Elie Lighthouse and Lady Tower built for Lady Janet Anstruther as a summer house in the 1760s.

Further on are the ruins of Ardross and Newark Castles. The route from here to St Monans has a high tide diversion which borders fields, crosses a bridge and rejoins the low tide route near the stunning 14th century St Monans Church.’

The ground is uneven and there are some stone steps in places which can become slippy therefore, we would recommend wearing walking boots if you decide to try the path. The stretch from Elie to our farm is mostly along the dunes which are quite undulating. Look out for our Pasture for Life assured, grass-fed cattle grazing the fields along your way. We are also very proud to work closely with the RSPB and have a record number of Corn Buntings on our farm, so bring your binoculars if you fancy a bit of bird watching. It’s one of our favourite ways to spend an afternoon, sitting on the beach watching the waders dodge the waves. In addition, you can spot seals basking on the rocks at certain times of year and the dolphins can also put on quite a show.

If you fancy some wild swimming the long sweeping bay between the railway bridge and Elie has a lovely area with no rocks which stays relatively shallow quite far out. It’s a favourite place for our family to take a dip after a hard day’s work.

Walking from St.Monans to us is a slightly harder walk with much of it up on the cliff or along the banking. However, the view from the path of the much photographed St.Monans Kirk is well worth the walk.

If you are out for a walk between Elie and St.Monans then don’t forget we are only a couple of hundred metres from the path and an ideal place to stop for takeaway tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

– head up through the tunnel under the old railway bridge which you get to just before the ruins of Ardross Castle, on the Elie side of our farm.
– follow the path to the main road.
– we’re just 100 metres along the pavement.

✅ tea
✅ coffee
✅ hot chocolate
✅ home baking made by us
✅ crisps and other snacks

Feel free to grab some more shopping while you’re in, perhaps organise lunch or tea before you leave. We will happily keep it for you to collect later, while you walk back to the car.

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