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.
12 thoughts on “Elie, Scotland-A Picturesque Village in Fife, Scotland”
Looks like a very charming village. Hope you get back to explore some more.
I think one day we will. All of the little villages along the coast in Fife are very charming. It’s a part of Scotland that most tourists overlook but I’m glad. 🙂
Something about the Scottish air…even on cold, crummy days the colors are gorgeous.
You are right, Cristine. I couldn’t agree more.
wonderful pics. it looks cool there right now.
Thank you, Jim.
Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures. Scotland is so beautiful!
Glad you enjoyed them, Reni. Scotland is beautiful indeed!
There’s also the mansion of Elie House which incorporates a probable 16th century tower house, just north of the village. It’s now been converted into apartments.
It’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing that!
What a lovely visit, despite the freezing temperatures. One of the nice things about Elie is that it’s a bit quieter than other places on the Fife coast, such as Anstruther and Crail, but equally attractive in its own way. I like the photo of you and Mr C and am glad to see you had hats on, you need some head protection in those biting east coast winds.
Yes, those March winds can be brutal!