Picturesque Fife

Posted on March 6, 2016

Another lovely sunny day with very little wind, so we hopped in the car with Snoepie our Jack Russell terrier, and drove eastwards along the coast towards some of Fife’s picturesque places. First stop was the  small fishing village of St Monans,  with the final destination being the Cocoa Tree Cafe in Pittenweem, the next village along, where we sometimes head to on a Sunday morning to enjoy a cup of good coffee and a delicious roll or cake to accompany it, with a read of the Sunday papers thrown in.

From the seafront, man and dog head eastwards along the Fife Coastal Path to give Snoepie a good walk, while I linger at the harbour with my camera to see if I can find some good shots. This morning there are a number of ”proper” amateur photographers with all their gear wandering around the harbour, though I remain true to my point, click and hope for the best technique.  This view of St Monans church is snapped from the pier looking west.

St Monans church

St Monans church

Next I headed towards the East Pier Smokehouse, and snapped this from the pier looking east; the St Monans windmill , one of the few reminders of an industry which was once a main source of employment in the area in the 17th and 18th centuries, salt panning. The Fife Coastal Path takes you past this landmark on the way to Pittenweem.

St Monans salt windmill

St Monans salt windmill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling confident that I’ve taken enough photos to be sure that I’ll be happy with the results, I take the car onto Pittenweem, where I head for the Cocoa Tree Cafe and my first cappuccino. Not long after, man and dog appear having walked that stretch of the Fife Coastal Path, and we order more coffee and some cake. For the first time I try their home-made chocolate cake; Sophie comes for a chat and suggests some cream with the cake, takes the plate away and comes back with a rare treat……….oh my goodness, warm chocolate cake and cream in a bowl is absolutely divine. The Cocoa Tree Cafe is one of those special places where you can expect fine things.

Finally, on the way home over the high ground, we find a view of the Isle of May we’ve not seen before. Picturesque Fife, even in her winter dress.  Book here and let us help you experience picturesque Fife.

The Isle of May off the Fife coast

The Isle of May off the Fife coast

 

 

Bankhead House

Bankhead House