The Ship Inn at Elie

UK Scotland East Scotland Fife

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Beaches
  • Walking
A gem of a beachside inn on the coast of Fife.

The East Neuk of Fife is that travel rarity – a favourite of ‘the locals’ that people beyond have never heard of. The Ship Inn has dared in recent years to put both the former fishing village of Elie and the East Neuk more on the map, with a set of 6 swish, New England-style refurbished rooms and some lovingly fashioned drinking and dining spaces.

One of the best things about The Ship is that it's almost literally on the beach. Four of the rooms have sea views and the pick is probably the Admiral on the top floor with sweeping views over the bay, roll top bath and walk-in shower; the trio of Captains rooms also face the sea, and all rooms feature handmade Siabann toiletries, Nespresso machines and Egyptian cotton bed linen, flatscreen TVs and wifi; one – on the ground floor – also welcomes dogs. It's a family friendly sort of place, too, with a kids menu in the restaurant and bedrooms that can accommodate additional beds for little ones.

The menu meanwhile stays solidly local – they say 100% of their fish and meat is Scottish – with East Neuk lobster and langoustines frequently playing a starring role alongside mighty fish and chips.You can enjoy all this in the main bar of the pub, which is bright and light in summer and in winter impressively cosy, with a log fire and wood-burning stove; they also have a great beer garden. They've also recently added the 'Ship's Cabin', whose floor-to-ceiling windows gives great views of the beach and beyond and serve as a function venue or private dining room – plus, on match days, is the pavilion of the Ship's cricket team!

Finally there's the delightful village of Elie, which is at your disposal, with its golden sands, bracing strolls, year-round seabirds and special draw of whale-watching activities – indeed this stretch of the Fife coast is full of desirable shoreline villages, and the university town (and golfing mecca) of St Andrews is only a short drive away. We strongly encourage you to discover this gem in the East Neuk; just please don’t tell anyone else!

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Facilities

Open

Open all year round

Pricing

Double rooms from £120 a night, including breakfast.

Rooms

Six individually designed double or twin rooms

Location

Contact Website  01333 330 246  The Ship Inn at Elie, The Toft, Elie, Fife KY9 1DT

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