Callum & I have been talking about heading up to Anstruther on Scotland’s East coast for at least a year but we always struggled to find time, so this weekend we decided to just go ahead & commit. Come rain or shine, we were making that drive & I’m so glad we did.
Anstruther is around an hour & a half’s drive from the South of Edinburgh but it feels like a totally different world. As someone who grew up as far from the coast as you can get in the UK, being able to step out of the car on to sand & see boats bobbing in the harbour felt pretty magical.
No trip to Anstruther would be complete without a visit to the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar. This place regularly has a queue out the door & is pretty pricey at around £10 for bread & butter, fish & chips, plus a hot drink, but it’s so worth it. The food was decent (my breaded lemon sole was beautifully cooked, my chips less good) but the atmosphere is the real selling point – tourists & locals all snuggled up on picnic benches surrounded by some super kitsch decor.
Predictably, I was tempted by the icecream counter as we left & got a scoop of mint chocolate chip & a scoop of razzle (vanilla with smarties) which I then promptly dribbled down my dress as we walked back along to the beach.
Overall, if you’re looking for a sweet day trip away from Edinburgh I don’t think you can go far wrong with Anstruther. Not only does it have all the charm of a traditional Scottish seaside town but the drive along Fife’s coast also provides some banging views, & who doesn’t want fresh seafood followed by icecream on the beach