21 Shoregate

Crail, Fife

Roll out the Scrabble in this adorable fisherman's cottage above the harbour at Crail. Perfect for 2 couples, and great fish 'n chips nearby


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


This immaculate fisherman’s cottage just above exquisite Crail’s harbour gives you a warm hug of a welcome. Views from the pretty garden stretch over rooftops to the Firth of Forth; bliss to eat out here on a summer’s day. Inside is perfect: cool colours and pretty objets run throughout, while plump armchairs and sofa front the wood-burner; roll out the Scrabble, choose a DVD. The ground floor is open-plan with a Shaker-style kitchen that holds all you need, and a dining table for four. Upstairs are two bedrooms, not huge but stylish, with thick mattresses, crisp linen, lovely quilts – and a smart bathroom between them. Small but beautifully formed, No 21 would suit close friends or a family, or a couple of romancers. Beach towels and flasks are at the ready… stroll down to the Lobster Store, a wooden hut on the harbour wall that sells just-caught lobster and crab – Crail once supplied London with 20,000 lobsters a year! There are several fish restaurants here, and the best fish and chips in Scotland at Anstruther. Head off for golf along the coast (St Andrews is close) and handsome Edinburgh – under an hour. A real gem.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Children over 6 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Treat bag, balls, ball thrower, dog towels, various size dog bowls, biodegradeable poop bags, advice on dog-friendly cafés and pubs and guide to local walks.

Dogs £20 per stay. Max. 1.

Back garden small but secure. Fife Coastal path runs by the door; 2-minute walk from 2 beaches.


Nightly price
from £73
Weekly price
from £510
4-night stay, £370. Dogs £20. Twin can be converted to double (super-king) for £20.
1 Cottage for 4
From £733 beds2 bedrooms


We had an amazing weeks stay at 21 Shoregate in beautiful Crail. The cottage is absolutely delightful and a perfect little hideaway for those looking for peace and tranquillity. 21 Shoregate has a gorgeous interior and the owner, Susan has thought of absolutely everything that you could possibly need for a weeks holiday in this beautiful location. Nothing was over-looked and absolutely everything was considered to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. I would highly recommend this gorgeous property to anyone! We will definitely be booking a return visit!

Nicola, Glasgow

My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at 21 Shoregate for a week in early October. Such a delightful, cozy, beautifully decorated cottage in one of our favourite places, Crail in East Neuk Scotland. The whole experience, from booking onwards was a pleasure. The cottage is in amazing location in the centre of Crail close to the charming ancient harbour and would suit a visit any time of the year. The lovely back garden is a lovely place to spend time while enjoying the view of the North Sea and the Firth of Forth. It is so easy to explore Fife, including St. Andrews. A perfect spot.

Sandy, Nanoose bay

Our 2nd visit, the house is beautiful and very well equipped. Perfect position very quiet and easy to park. House is very comfortable and cosy. Brilliant location to unwind, local cafes, pubs and shops all very close by. Footpaths to explore the coast and easy walking and nicely spaced between villages which are all charming.


This is an exquisite place to stay. We've been twice and would happily stay forever. Each visit was in the depths of winter and it was a perfect place to simply lie low. We walked quite a bit and thought about dining in some of the superb restaurants nearby but in the end opted to stay and dine indoors. It's also a perfect spot to do some writing and reading. Or that rarest of things - time to think, and simply be.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Susan Irvine

  • Fife is the home of golf with fifty courses including the Old Course at St Andrews (9 miles), Crail's own Balcomie, laid out by Old Tom Morris, and spectacular Kingsbarns, 3 miles away.
  • Scotland's best fish and chip shop at Anstruther. (10 minutes drive or an hours walk along the coastal path)
  • The stunning coastal path linking the fishing villages of the East Neuk and beyond. (The path runs right past the cottage). Small, safe sandy beach three minutes walk from cottage. Delightful short boat trip to view the puffins on the Isle of May.
  • Fantastic restaurants both posh and not nearby including Michelin-starred The Peat Inn and our favourite, the unpretentious East Pier Smokehouse & Cafe; or just pop down to Crail harbour - 1 min walk - and get a lobster cooked to order.
  • Nearby St Andrews with its ruined cathedral, Scotland's oldest university, spectacular West Sands (of Chariots of Fire fame), great gourmet shopping, and just beyond, Tentsmuir Forest home to eagles, red squirrels and on the beach, lots of grey seals.
  • Fresh local produce in the village and at nearby farm shops including Ardross Farm Shop, named Farm Shop of the year 2014.