For our last ramble in Scotland, we chose to explore a different section of the Fife Coastal Path. Our experience this past September was so idyllic, we really hoped to duplicate it whilst seeing something slightly different.
On a recent Sunday, we paid £9.50pp for Dayrider Plus bus tickets, transferred in St. Andrews, and were in Leven before we knew it. Due to our previous experience, we expected to encounter many cute pubs on our way to Elie so we packed a lunch sans drinks and resolved to turn this 12-mile ramble into a coastal village pub crawl.
Our first stop was right off the bus in Leven, on the high street at The Windsor Hotel. We weren't terribly impressed by Leven, or The Windsor Hotel, so we didn't linger. After a relatively fast round of drinks, we made our way to the water to begin our ramble.
The Fife Coastal Path is very well marked and, since this portion has many sections which skirt the water's edge, also has a High Tide Alternative which we wound up taking more often than not because we found we do not much care for long distance rambling with sand in our shoes.
The weather was of the classic Scottish 'four seasons in one day' variety. The weather, sand, and rolling hills actually proved quite tiring and as we approached Earlsferry (no pubs), we began looking for a bus stop to take us back home. Unfortunately, the first bus stop wasn't until the neighbouring village of Elie and we arrived just in time to watch our once-per-hour bus depart. Luckily, Elie does have a pub and we were able to warm ourselves at the Station Buffet Bar (Scotland's Pub of the Year 2008) before catching our bus back to St. Andrews.
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