Located about 10 miles South of St Andrews, Anstruther is one of the small fishing village/towns on the Fife Coast. The Anstruther Fish Bar was opened by a local family in 2003, that have worked in the local industry for many years. Using only locally caught and the freshest fish, the Fish Bar quickly developed an impressive reputation, which was confirmed when they won UK’s best chippie.
For Judi and I, a visit to the Anstruther Fish Bar is a regular sojourn every time we return to Scotland to visit my dad. A couple of days ago we took my dad and headed down to Anstruther for fish & chips. While I believe it now has new owners, the same quality is maintained. Exceptional lunch.
Anstruther Fish Bar from across the harbour at low tide
The small town of St Andrews is located on the North East Fife coastline and is the last place I lived in Scotland, before moving to Canada in 1980. Most people have probably heard St Andrews referred to as “The Home of Golf”, but in reality, St Andrews is so much more, with abundant history, renowned university, commerce and a thriving tourist industry.
As a child, growing up in Scotland, Falkirk was just one of many small towns in Central Scotland that used to have heavy industry. Falkirk is also located at the intersection of the Union and Forth & Clyde Canals. It certainly wasn’t a tourist destination, as the only time I recall going to Falkirk was to visit the football ground when I followed my beloved Rangers all across Scotland.
The industry is gone and the canals were closed in the 1960’s, after 30+ years of decline, but The Falkirk Wheel, a millennium project resurrected the canal system for leisure uses and is a rapidly growing tourist attraction. Continue reading →