Burntisland is surrounded by beautiful bays and countryside. Head West and the next beach down, Aberdour (pronounced Aber-dower), is one of the loveliest local spots for swimming. Parking is £2 during the day but it’s a small price to pay for this idyllic location. You can also walk here from Burntisland in an hour.
Travel East and you’ll soon find the very photogenic lofty bay of Kinghorn, then past Kirkcaldy the neverending sands of Leven, and a cluster of charming colourful fishing villages as you arrive into the upmarket East Neuk area (about an hour’s drive). Earlsferry, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail are all beautiful, with candy-coloured houses and angular little harbours bristling with boat masts. Be sure to have some seafood while you’re there! Fans of golf and royals might carry on to scenic St Andrews in -20 minutes from Crail.
Of course, you can always succumb to the glittering vision across the water and get a train (or drive) over to Edinburgh in around half an hour. The Forth bridges are generally regarded as masterpieces of engineering, and if you like facts and figures, there’s an excellent website for them, complete with webcams.
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