East Neuk

by Hazel

It's maybe already in here on your excellent and informative site, I've just not had a chance to check it all thoroughly but what is the east neuk of Fife, is that different from the kingdom, or is it a place in it? I read something about it and it's such a strange name - maybe its gaelic?

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Jun 09, 2008
East Neuk and the Kingdom
by: Anonymous

Hi Hazel
Thanks for your question.
The "Kingdom of Fife" is the whole county - whereas the 'East Neuk' is just part of it.

The word 'neuk" is the Scots word for nook or corner, and the East Neuk is generally accepted to comprise the fishing villages around the eastern and northerly part of the county.

It includes the following villages from around Lundin Links to just north of Crail - Lundin Links, Upper and Lower largo, Earlsferry, Elie, Colinsburgh, St Monans, Pittenweem, Arncroach, Carnbee, Anstruther, Cellardyke, Kilrenny, Crail and Kingsbarns.

However, there is still some controversy as to exactly what villages at the west are actually included in the East Neuk.

Have a look at the map on this page to get an idea of where the East Neuk is.

This delightful part of the Kingdom is very popular with artists and photographers because of the wonderful scenery and spectacular light, and I think worth a visit from every visitor to Fife.

Have a wee look at my pages on Pittemweem a lively working fishing village where the famous Art Festival is held every year, and the busy wee town of Anstruther - famous for the Award-winning Fish'n'Chip shop.

Hope this helps


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