Ale Trails in Fife

KINGDOM OF FIFE REAL ALE TRAILS

East Neuk

Leven to St Andrews

The 95 or coastliner leaves Leven every hour heading towards St Andrews

Suggested Trail

Lower Largo

Only a short 8-10 minutes bus journey from Leven, you will find two pubs in lower largo, the Railway Inn, and the Crusoe Hotel. The Railway Inn can be found on the left which has 4/5 ales on at a time or the Crusoe Hotel on the left with 1 ale.

Once back on the bus the next stop is

Elie

look for a sign for the Ship Inn a lovely old style pub with great views over the sea. Recently refurbished and under new management, 3 ales can be found.

Back on the bus, only a short distance along the road to

St Monans

Leave the bus at the first bus stop in St Monans, which can be found in the lay-by. Once off the bus, cross the road and head down Station road and the Mayview Hotel can be found on the right had side. 2 ales, mostly from Scottish breweries can be found.

Back on the bus, after a 5-10 minutes trip, you will find yourself in

Anstruther

On entering Anstruther, depart from the bus and walk down the hill and you will find your first pub the Dreel Tavern on the left (please check opening times, as summer and winter times vary). 2/3 ales can be found on sale here.

On leaving the Dreel Tavern, follow the road down the hill, around the corner and over the bridge, once over the bridge head up the hill and the Bank can be found on the left on High Street East. Set in the old bank, 2/3 ales can be found on

Once you have finished with Bank, head right and follow the road down to the harbour.

EAST NEUK :- NUMBER TWO

ELIE, PITTENWEEM AND ANSTRUTHER

The X 60 Edinburgh to St Andrews bus runs via Kirkcaldy Leven and Anstruther a bus every hour from Kirkcaldy

Twenty minutes after leaving Leven we get off the bus at Elie, look for a sign for the Ship Inn a lovely old style pub with great views over the sea, Deuchars usually on.

After being refreshed at the Ship Inn back to the bus, and five minutes takes you to St Monans . Leave bus at first stop , cross the road and walk down Station Road . The Mayview Hotel is on your right . This is a smart and friendly hotel, with a feature well in the bar .The Mayview has one guest ale.

Back to the bus,five minutes to Pittenweem look for West End bar and Gantry opposite the bus stop. .Another very nice pub with warming coal fire and on tap we have changing guest ales.

On leaving the pub we have a choice , a twenty minute walk or five minute bus trip to Anstruther. Coming down the hill into Anstruther we have the Dreel Tavern on the left, watch ones head when entering we have low doors and ceilings .A nice two roomed pub with cosy fire, one regular and three guest ales on tap ,and good homemade food cooked by the boss.

When finished continue into town and on right we have the Smugglers Inn Hotel where we have two ales on tap.( occasional )

A few yards along on the right we find The Bank, decor typical of a bank, very nice, guest ales and food of the same quality.

Now we head for the harbour, we are looking for the Ship Tavern but have to pass a few chip shops on the way, very tempting. The Ship is a traditional waterside pub with views over the harbour, two changing guest ales and banter with the locals is good fun.

A short walk to Cellerdyke we come to Barco. A very modern , trendy establishment selling one guest ale.

Further along we have The Haven Bar & Restaurant ,it also has views over the harbour but a different one, The Haven has one font selling guest ales.

Now back to the bus, you could retrace your steps or go on to St Andrews.

ST ANDREWS

The X 24 Glasgow to St Andrews runs every hour via Dunfermline, Glenrothes and Cupar.

Suggested Trail

Turn right on leaving the Bus Station and walk along till you reach a mini roundabout here you will find the Whey Pat Tavern. A good place to start, seven ales on sale, two regular and five guest and sandwiches a speciality.

When refreshed cross the road and walk through any arch and on your left you will find Droughy Neebors. A long narrow pub with one or two ales on and if you wish you can sit in the window.

On leaving turn left and walk along South Street past all the nice little shops (even the cheese one), after a book shop on the corner you will find the Criterion. This is a very smart pub with four ales available. The Criterion is also famous for its homemade pies.

When leaving the pub and turn right then right again and walk to Market Street where you will see the Central Bar. An excellent island bar where historical brewery mirrors adorn the walls. Drink wise we are spoilt for choice with eight or more ales on, no need to rush.

Now back to the Bus Station turn right and walk along Market Street to City Road the Bus Station Is there. There are more pubs but we will keep them for another day.

GLENROTHES

Base yourself in the Golden Acorn in Glenrothes as it next to the bus station. The Acorn has four ales on two regular and two guest,all in good condition. First we get a bus for Leslie and get off at the Fettykil Fox at the Leslie roundabout it has a nice theme on the old style with wood plaster etc. with two ales on tap.

Next carry on along the High Street where you will find the Burns Tavern, a traditional two roomed pub serving Landlord and a guest ale.

Now back to the bus station or the Acorn then get on an X 54 bus to Freuchie Road End it will take all of nine minutes. Walk along the High Street till you reach the Albert Tavern our current Scottish and Northern Ireland pub of the year. Watch your head when entering once inside you will receive a warm welcome from the staff, four changing guest ales on sale all in perfect condition.

Turn right on leaving the Albert and a few yards along you will reach the Lomand Hills Hotel, here they have two guest ales in very nice surroundings . Back to road end and bus to Acorn where you started.

DUNFERMLINE

We start our trail at the East Port Bar a short walk from the Bus Station, the bar is at No 7 East Port at the top end of the High Street. A busy town centre pub, with Deuchars as a regular and one guest ale both in good condition.

From here we catch a bus a No 19 or a No7 will take us to Aberdour Road, ( or you could walk down the New Row and St Leonards Street to Aberdour Road) a short walk will take us to the Pitbauchlie House Hotel, around to the left we will find Sams Bar serving Directors and one guest ale. Now retrace your steps back to the High Street, walk down till you find the Kirkgate where on the right is the Old Inn, a friendly pub serving Deuchars as a regular.

Next up to the Bus Station to find a No 76 bus for Crombie, they run every hour. We are going to the Ship Inn at Limekilns, the bus stops opposite the pub on the waterfront. Another gem of a pub off the beaten track, it has been one of Fifes top pubs for years, they serve four guest ales and sometimes a real cider. The Ship is also famous for its meals where Mine Host does the cooking.

After spending an hour or two depending on bus times its back to the Bus Station, come out the back door and walk along past the taxi rank, second corner on the right we have the Commercial Inn. This is a very friendly pub selling eight real ales four regular and four guest, they also sell good value bar meals.

KIRKCALDY

Arriving at the Bus or Railway Station, head for the town centre, turn left and walk along the High Street to the end of the pedestrian precinct.

Turn left up Kirk Wynd .On your right is the Robert Nairn our first stop. This busy Witherspoon sells six ales all in good condition.

When finished there go back to the High Street and turn left again , a short walk will take you to Betty Nicols, with one hand pull usually selling Deuchars .

On leaving Betty Nicols, carry on along the High Street through traffic lights and opposite the harbour you will find the Harbour Bar. This is a gem of a pub, again serving six ales one will be from the Brewery behind the pub.

When refreshed, turn left, and up the hill till you reach Flesh Wynd. Left again and short walk will take you to the Feuars Arms. Here you will find one changing Guest Ale, but sit and look around at the wall tiles, mosaic floor and stained glass of this Victorian Building.

From here retrace your steps back to the Town Centre, and walk along past the pedestrian prescient as far as number 60, on your left you will find The Exchequer . This is a gastro type pub with three hand pulls . One Duechars and one guest.

From here the bus station is a five minute walk and train station ten minutes.

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