Sharing some great places to stop for a toilet break in the East Neuk of Fife
(Updated April 2021 – CWS maintained toilets are done so with every safety precaution in mind and all due care and attention)
The Fife Coast and Countryside Trust is the organisation responsible for keeping the Fife Coastal Path accessible and maintained for as many people as possible. We’re delighted to be part of their team along this 117 mile route of golden sands, stunning views, wildlife and glorious countryside. We keep the toilets supplied 24/7 so that walkers, cyclists, ramblers, runners and families can enjoy the path in comfort.
We’ve already shared some of the route in two previous articles, Clean Encounters of the Toilet Kind from Limekilns to Buckhaven and Castle, Kings and Caves from Buckhaven to Wemyss. Today we are moving on up the coast to the world-famous East Neuk of Fife from Elie through Pittenweem past Anstruther, Crail and finally to Kingsbarns Beach.
Just before you come to Elie, the adventure lovers amongst you might want to visit the Elie Chainwalk – a series of chains set into the cliff and not for the faint-hearted. But please note that the Chainwalk is submerged at high tide. So plan your adventure at least 2 hours before high tide! But after that adventure, you will be glad to arrive in the delightful village of Elie where you will find two first-class toilet stops. Firslty at the Harbour and then Ruby Bay. The Harbour is a typical East Coast feature with bobbing boats and small fishing smacks. Some fish is still landed although nothing like generations gone by when this bit of Fife had a thriving fishing industry. Ruby Bay is home to more windswept dunes and sweeping sands. Perfect for a picnic lunch and a quick comfort stop afterwards at one of our well-stocked toilets.
The walk from Elie to Kingsbarns is 16 miles and rough in places. Its packed with geological historical and wildlife and the picture-perfect villages that make up the East Neuk. On the route you will pass the restored St. Monans Windmill, once used to pump seawater into the adjacent salt pans. The limestone beds here are rich in fossils. The next village of Pittenweem is Fife’s only working fishing harbour. It is the site of a cave used by St Fillan in the 7th century. On the way into Pittenweem from St Monans lookout for another Caledonia Washroom Services supplied toilet beside the crazy golf up on a promontory. Snacks are also sold thee during the season.
Award Winning Fish and Chips
A few miles onward after a delicious ice cream – there’s always an ice-cream shop on route through the villages – you come to Anstruther. One of the larger coastal villages, Anstruther boasts award-winning Fish and Chips. Make time to visit the Fisheries Museum, Life Boat Station and boat trips to the Isle of May nature reserve. Eager Outlander fans will also spot The Reaper, a herring drifter built in 1900 and used in filming.
Pass through Cellardyke, with its picturesque harbour, towards Crail and onto open pasture. Caiplie Caves are a prominent weathered sandstone feature situated almost halfway between Cellardyke and Crail. The route continues past an old salt works before winding its way via some stone steps to Crail. Crail is another traditional fishing village with a 17th-century harbour. Needing a comfort stop? Crail Park on the route hosts another of our well-stocked toilets
The Path leading onto Fife Ness is challenging in places with narrower and altogether rougher terrain. You are now at the most easterly point in Fife. Oh boy, this can be bitterly cold with the wind whipping in off the North Sea during the winter months. The path passes King Constantine’s Cave where he was killed in around 874. Beyond the golf course, the route continues along the shore beneath the Randerston cliffs. Walkers should wait for low tide before attempting this section. The path then leads to a bridge over Cambo Burn then continues along a sandy track through the dunes. An alternative route follows Kingsbarns beach, a pleasant little car park and another well-serviced Toilet stop. Kingsbarns Beach is one of Fife’s more hidden little gems but worth planning a stop or come back for another visit.
You might want to check out some more of the interesting facts for this stretch of the path here
Let us know if you have spotted any highlights to share on your walks on the Fife Coastal Path. Also let us know if any of the toilets you encounter along the way which display one of our logos on the equipment falls short of expected standards. Equally, do give us a shout out on Social Media if you used our maintained toilets and find them just as you’d want.