‘It’s the community’ says the local events organizer, and owner of Honeypot Café, Graham Anderson. ‘We wanted to make Crail an all round destination for visitors and families, and this brought people together. Our events have grown more popular each year.’
The Crail Food Festival began as a small local event and now attracts visitors from around Scotland. Graham gives part of the reason for this success to the increased number of food producers providing high quality chocolate, whiskey, meats, exotic spices and sauces, ice cream ~ the list goes on. ‘Those Left Behind’, the sand sculpture commemorating the Battle of the Somme attracts visitors and is part of the Crail Festival in July.
Crail is home to local residents and is also a thriving destination for visitors. Wild at Art will enjoy the beauty and buss of the village and surrounding area from 23-25 August 2016.
Crail is a picture-postcard village and much more. There is a vibrant local culture, and home to professionals who commute to St Andrews, Edinburgh and places in between. And there is plenty to interest visitors.
Golfers play on a Balcomie course laid out by Tom Morris Sr. in 1894. Crail Golf Society was formed in 1786. St Andrews is now the ‘home’ of golf, but Crail was the first to have a golf course! For walkers, Fife Coastal Path goes through Crail. From the Tay Estuary near St Andrews to the Forth Estuary it stretches for 117 miles. Discover stunning scenery and geological layers all along the way. Fossil evidence of the giant centipede ‘trackways’ from the Carboniferous period, 335 million years ago are found in the nearby bay. No need to do the whole 117 miles! http://fifecoastalpath.co.uk/
Crail is steeped in history.
It became a royal burgh the 12century, thanks to Robert the Bruce granting permission for a Sunday market. Fishermen got a blast of John Knox’s ire when he damned them for working on Sunday. But of course, the market continued and became one of the largest in Europe trading heavily with Flanders and Holland in the Middle Ages. Crail’s excellent harbor welcomed Marie de Guise, married to James V and mother of Mary Queen of Scots, landed in Crail in 1538.
17th to 19th century buildings are now the homes of professionals who commute to St Andrews, Edinburgh and places in between. And an intriguing variety of shops, are found nowhere else: Crail Pottery’s workshop, established in 1965, produces a diverse range of hand thrown, decorated and fired. Irresistible, I can tell you! www.crailpottery.com. The Lobster Store supplies dressed and boiled crab & lobster caught by the family on their own dayboat. Smoked Fired Whole Foods Shop, www.smokefiredwholefoods.co.uk, has a great supply of home baking gluten and non-gluten free, and a range of vegetarian & vegan foods, plus gifts. Crail Fish Bar & Café is rated ‘excellent’ consistently on tripadvisor. Relax in locally owned cafes: The Honeypot and Crail Harbour Gallery and tearoom.
We want to share some impressions from our recent trip to those amazing islands to make some final preparations for our upcoming painting holiday – what a place! Can’t wait to go back…. Wanna join us?
Thinking of booking? Name the East Neuk harbour, Scotland, in this photo, and you will be entered into the prize draw for the creative art vacation ‘Plein Air Painting in the Style of the Scottish Colourists’, 21 – 26 August 2016 in Crail, Scotland. Need a clue? Check the horizon in the photo.
The Prize? A total of two prizes are available, each winner receives £100 off a full (new) booking. This includes double or single occupancy at Ten Hill Place Hotel in Edinburgh and Kalliope B&B, Crail, for full participation in the Wild at Art creative art vacation, 21-26 August, as listed on http://www.wildatartscotland.com/store/products/plein-air-painting-in-scotland-in-the-style-of-the-scottish-colourists-21-26-august-2016/
This competition runs from 1 – 15 July, answers must be in by 12 noon British time (summer) on 15 July, 2016. Email your answer with your full name and address to [email protected]
Each winner will need to pay for full participation £990 (double occ.) or £1350 (single occ.), by 31 July 2016 to receive the £100 reward for this art holiday package.