I have been thinking back on a few of the Scottish villages that Mr. C and I only saw a peek of, but that someday deserve a second look. Elie is one of those places. I can’t help but feel that we somehow missed the boat on this one.
Located on the Firth of Forth in the East Neuk of Fife, Elie is a popular and picturesque seaside village established in the 16th century. It became a Burgh of Barony in 1589 and, as such, was under the control of the Lairds of Ardross – landowners who held their estates directly from The Crown. The Lairds were in control of the town council and court, and therefore, the villagers were dependent upon these men in matters of trade. (Burghs were abolished in 1975.)
In 1929, Elie was merged with the adjacent village of Earlsferry, also a popular destination for holiday-goers. Earlsferry is even older, dating from the 1100s. At low tide, the beaches of these two communities connect.
Because it was terribly cold the day we visited, Mr. C and I didn’t explore as we would have liked. I can still remember the feel of the biting wind on my ears!
We did, however, enjoy a delicious meal at The Ship Inn. I highly recommend it!
Though we didn’t see a lot of Elie, we did taste just enough to know that one day it will be worth going back. Perhaps someday you will be able to visit this lovely little village too.
See you next time, my dearies.