Sunday, September 21, 2014

Anstruther Harbour

A large part of our time in Scotland was spent in checking out harbors and marinas. The plan, as much as we can formulate a plan- has always been to move the boat and ourselves to Scotland post cruise. After so many years abroad, Mark is getting ready to go home. Now where would we like to keep Ceol Mor? Time to look at options.

 Anstruther- 56° 13' 15", -2° 41' 46" VHF Ch. 11 Telephone- 01333 310836
(given the difficulties this harbor presents I would call WELL in advance before setting out)

Anstruther is a tidy little fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife. The harbour itself is not well suited to most cruising boats as it dries out. If you have a bilge keeler or a cat you can beach you might be in luck.

Here you will find no diesel. No wifi. No laundry. No berths for fin keeled boats. When asking about long term berthing, the harbor master chuckled and suggested we get on the waiting list and maybe Kitty could get the slip when she is about 30. They do have toilets and showers. If you are in need of a beer or fish and chips you are in luck because they have both in abundance. Chandlery supplies? Not so much,

It is a shame that Anstruther is not suitable for our boat as I really like this little town. The locals are friendlier than most (small fishing towns in Scotland are not exactly known for being visitor friendly) and used to visitors as its something of a tourist stop, I happen to really like fishermen and there are still a few about here and there.

Even if you can't berth here, Anstruther and the Neuk itself are still worth a visit. You will just probably have better luck by car than boat.

Kitty was convinced they had put in a "stage" for her to perform on the quay. Who am I to disagree?


  1. I watched the Scottish vote very closely wondering if it would turn out to affect the plans of the Ceol Mors and also what Mark's thoughts were.

    1. Yes or No would not have changed our long range plans to end up permanently in Scotland. It's Mark's home and once you go there, you get it. Let's just say we were a bit disappointed on Friday after the referendum but it is what it is.

  2. Cute little town you guys found. It really takes you back a bit, doesn't it?

    Looks like a place I'd like to visit.

  3. Lovely little angel in a lovely little town... awesome.