Elie Harbour Beach, Fife

Elie Beach is a popular destination and is one of 26 fabulous beaches to be found in Fife. The Blue Flag beach is well-known for its wide expanse of sand and beautiful clear water. It has parking, toilets and showers, with a variety of shops and restaurants in the village.

It’s just a 20 minute car drive from your home-from home at Elderburn Lodges. And a very popular option with our guests. You can while away the day sunbathing, swimming and building sandcastles. Or have an adventure on the water with a large variety of watersports. And when you’re done with the beach, there is plenty more to do nearby.

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Beside the seaside, beside the sea!

Elie Harbour Beach in Fife is actually made up of two beaches. It is connected to Earlsferry Beach too. At low tide it offers nearly a mile of soft, golden sand to play on. It features sand dunes to explore and is backed by some adorable, colourful beach huts. A picture postcard beach! Because of the harbour, the beach is sheltered and not too windy. That makes it a great a great beach for families, especially with young children. At low tide, the kids can explore to see what creatures they can find in the rock pools and amongst the seaweed. There are lifeguards and first aid in the summer, as well as parking and disabled access. The facilities include some award-winning toilets, scooping gold in the 2019 National Loo Awards!

The views from the beach are wonderful. Clear water stretched out in front of you with people enjoying various watersports. The lovely village behind. And points of interest along the coastline. On the eastern headland there’s a white lighthouse, built to warn ships about hidden rocks on dark and stormy nights. There’s also the Lady’s Tower, built for Lady Anstruther in 1770. The bell in the tower was used when she wanted a dip. It rang to warn villagers on the beach to make themselves scarce! Elie Beach is a great spot for bridwatching too. And, if you want to give your legs a stretch, it is on the Fife Coastal Path.

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Elie Village

If you’re feeling a little pekish after all that activity, there are plenty of places to go to eat in Elie. In fact, Trip Advisor has a list of the top 5 places to eat, depending on what you are hungry for. Food ranges from ice creams, coffee and cake to mussles and fresh fish. And they have a deli should you want to picnic on the beach.

The village of Elie was originally two villages. Merged with Earlsferry in 1929 to make a larger community, it’s a picturesque village. A vist offers a snapshot of Fife village life in bygone times. With some buildings dating back to the 17th century. There’s the Parish Church with it’s octagonal clock tower and the beautiful Earlsferry townhall. Or you can visit the ruins of an 11th century chapel. There are a few gift shops and a bakery where you can buy delicious fresh bread. If you need it, there’s a post office and a pharmcy too.

There are two golf courses close by. The first is a full-sized 19-hole course for the more experienced golfers, with superb views to enjoy while playing. And the second is a 9-hole course for beginners, children, or those looking for a quick round. The sports club also offers tennis and bowls.

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We are sailing!

Elie Beach is famous, in Fife and beyond, for its watersports. And the sheltered nature of the bay means it is great for beginners too. At the harbour is Elie Watersports where you can hire all sorts of equipment for messing about on the water. In fact, there isn’t much they don’t have. You can hire canoes, windsurfers, pedal boats, paddle boards, dinghies, and wet suits if you need them.

Want something a bit more high-octane? Don’t worry, they’ve got you covered. They offer water skiing and wakeboarding. Or you can have a go at their inflatable rides, all using a high-powered speed boat. And, when you’ve had enough of the water, why not hire a bike. Head along the Fife Coastal Path on two wheels.

Elie Beach in Fife has plenty to offer the whole family when you’re looking for a fun day out. Whether you want to sit and relax on the beach, have a go at some fun watersports, or wander round the pretty village and browse for gifts, we recommend a visit.

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Looking for somewhere to stay?

If you are planning your holidays in Fife and you are looking for somewhere to stay then get in touch with us today. We provide luxury self-catering accommodation in Fife close to St Andrew’s. We are in an ideal location to access an array of Fife attractions. Explore our accommodation here or call us on 07840 801114.

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Just returned from a fantastic relaxing break at lodge 1 at Elderburn Lodges.
The lodge really is a home from home and the setup of the lodge is great for 2 couples having the lovely spacious shared central areas but the bedrooms are spaced well apart.
The lodge was spotless and well equipped and some of the little extras within the lodge were excellent.
The location is ideal for visiting St Andrews and the lovely Fife coast.
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