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The fishing towns of Anstruther and Cellardyke may be joined to each other but they’re very different. Anstruther bustles with people, even on the coldest of days, and the large harbour is packed with fishing boats and pleasure boats. Cellardyke is quieter, with narrow, cobbled streets leading to a tiny harbour where you can look out for dolphins, seals, puffins and gannets.

In Anstruther, life revolves around the harbour. The Shore is lined with shops, houses and people tucking into Anstruther’s famous delicacy - fish and chips. For a different type of foodie treat, The Cellar, Anstruther’s Michelin-starred restaurant, makes the very most of ingredients from the local coast and countryside.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is one of the highlights of a visit to Anstruther. This wonderful museum tells the story of the Scottish fishing industry, its fisherman and their families. The museum’s collection includes The Reaper, the 100-year-old herring drifter berthed in Anstruther Harbour. 

For wildlife and lighthouse devotees, in summer, there are regular boat trips from the harbour to the Isle of May, the National Nature Reserve at the entrance to the Firth of Forth. This amazing island is home to one of the UK’s largest grey seal colonies, over 200,000 nesting seabirds, its own species of mouse, three lighthouses and over 40,000 pairs of puffins, who rear their pufflets in clifftop burrows.

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