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St Monans is another East Neuk gem. Its three-piered harbour is overlooked by traditional fishermen’s cottages, with painted walls, red roofs and the occasional outdoor staircase leading to a first-floor front door. Walk the Fife Coastal Trail from Elie into St Monans and out towards Pittenweem for a fascinating insight into the history, heritage and unique charm of this pretty village.

To the west of St Monans, and on the Fife Coastal Path, the ruins of once-grand Newark Castle dominate the clifftop. Further along the path, The Old Kirk of St Monans is on the very edge of the beach, with only an ancient wall protecting the medieval church from the sea.

St Monans clusters around the harbour, where the zig-zag breakwater, The Block, is very popular with photographers. Every summer, The Welly Boot Garden brightens up the harbour slipway when over 200 old wellies take on a new role as flower pots!

Whether walking the Fife Coastal Path, exploring St Monans or shell hunting on the beach has whetted your appetite, the harbour area offers several eating places, including East Pier Smokehouse, which specialises in smoked foods and seafood, and Craig Millar @ 16 West End, a renowned restaurant with spectacular sea views.

Leaving the village, the Fife Coastal Path goes by St Monan’s Windmill. This 18th century windmill and its salt pans are all that remains of Fife’s once-thriving salt industry.

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