The Ship Inn

Elie, Fife

A heavenly inn on Fife’s south coast - the terrace overlooks the beach, lovely food waits within, chic rooms are a steal


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


There are few inns where you can sit on the terrace and watch a game of cricket on the beach below. But it’s not beach cricket as you know it. This is serious stuff, played at low tide, and Mark Waugh, Viv Richards and Wasim Akram have all tried their hand. As for this cute little boutique inn, it’s as good as any in the land, and it doubles as the pavilion… and the venue for post-match celebrations, no doubt. On sunny days, you decant onto the terrace for lunch in the sun and gaze across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh’s hills. Inside, contemporary rustic design mixes with roaring fires and the odd stone wall. Sofas and armchairs are scattered about, staff weave through the throng delivering delicious food – fish and seafood from local waters, lamb and beef from nearby farms, sinful puddings you can’t resist; there are regular barbecues on the terrace, too. Smart rooms have seaside colours, crisp linen, coffee machines, fancy bathrooms with walk-in showers; those at the front have sea views, too. St Andrews waits for a round of golf, the Fife coastal path for excellent walks. A perfect place.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Christmas Day, 2 weeks in January.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch & dinner £5-£35. Sunday lunch from £12.95.


Nightly price
from £120
Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per night.
5 Twin/doubles
From £120
1 Twin/double
From £160


The location of this Inn is beautiful and we struck a magic sunny couple of days! Our room was beautifully appointed with a lovely roomy bathroom and view across the harbour. The walks around this place and the village itself were delightful. We had stayed at the Bridge Inn owned by the same people but this Inn is clearly managed differently. We experienced staff bickering and the efficiency and service generally was not up to the professional standard of the Bridge Inn at Ratho. The location made up for the staff issues for us.


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