And it was while walking between Elie and Crail that the thought stuck me. This is Scotland's Cinque Terre!
In the Cinque Touns:
Our walk started in Elie, the only one of Fife's 'Cinque Touns' to boast a significant stretch of beach. Elie is quiet but not undiscovered. It has a reputation as a second-home destination for wealthy Edinburgers. The streets are filled with Mercedes and it has a Michelin-starred restaurant. (Right now a two-bedroom bungalow on the seafront is on the market for over £800,000 - you would pay less in Edinburgh's New Town!) But the fresh air and the seafront walks are free.
Elie from its beach:
Tower at Elie Ness:
Rock formations with Bass Rock and Berwick Law in the distance:
We stopped to smell the rich tropical scent of gorse, as sparrows flitted between impenetrable bramble bushes... students were out from St Andrews, enjoying a break from their studies.
Student on a doocot:
St Monans kirk:
The harbour is a lovely place to while away a some time. We ate ice cream from the local shop and wandered about.
Coastal walking, counter-intuitively, often requires more time for the distance than hillwalking - there is so much more to see!