St Andrews and East Neuk

A winter walk from Leven to Largo (and back!)

A lovely walk for this time of year is to set out for Lower Largo from the Promenade at Leven. You can walk the whole way on the beach so it’s an easy, flat saunter of just a few miles. Once you’ve passed the links of Lundin Golf Club and reached the edge of Lower Largo, head into the village and enjoy what feels like a well deserved glass of

East Neuk Open Studios on this weekend and next

This weekend is the first of the autumn dates for the twice yearly East Neuk Open Studios Art Trail. The trail takes in over 30 artist and designer studios and workshops and you can follow the Red Balloons to discover artists, designers and makers from the east of Fife. There’s always a range of paintings, textiles, prints, jewellery, illustrations, photographs, ceramics and furniture on sale too. Further details about who’s exhibiting

Tailend Fish Restaurant & takeaway, St Andrews

Don’t panic, like we did, at the tiny portion of chips in the mini frying baskets served at the Tailend restaurant in St Andrews, Fife. The waiting staff will bring you more chips when you are ready. Once you’ve relaxed because your extra chips have arrived you’ll realise the haddock is really fresh at this Market Street restaurant which is also a takeaway and fishmonger. Maybe being a fishmonger helps

Foodies walking tours of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Would you consider signing up for a foodies walking tour of your home town? Alan Chalmers, after seeing foodie walking tours in cities in Canada and America, decided to start one in Edinburgh, and more recently, in St Andrews.  It’s true that most of his customers are tourists,  ranging from high end visitors to backpackers, who save up the £49 for the food tour as the main treat during their

Summer night markets return to Balgove Larder, St Andrews

The summer night markets at Balgove Larder, St Andrews start again tonight, Wednesday 13 May. Live music and local food and drink producers will be there including Eden Mill Brewery,  Watsons Chocolates and Spice of Fife. From 5pm until 9pm.

And the award for best picture goes to…Fife Independent Film Expo

Have you made Scotland’s answer to Birdman or Whiplash? If so dust off your dickie bow and shake out your slinkiest gown because you could be going to an awards ceremony. Fife Independent Film Expo is a grassroots film screening event run by Fife Cultural Trust, showcasing the best of independent micro budget films in Scotland. The deadline for submissions is 16 March and screening will take place at Lochgelly

Cellardyke designers take London

From the former fisherman’s net loft that is now their studio in Cellardyke, Fife, Kirsty Thomas and her husband Pete are quietly taking over London. Kirsty had been designing as Lovely Pigeon for a number of years before Pete joined the company and they relaunched as Tom Pigeon in September 2014 at London’s Design Junction. Since then there there have been two exciting collaborations with international galleries: with the V&A

Fife Dunfermline Printmakers exhibit in St Andrews

Catch an exhibition of contemporary prints at The Kinburn Gallery, St Andrews. Opening times are 10.30am to 4pm daily until 23 November. The exhibition is a collection of original and limited edition screenprints, woodcuts, collographs and etchings produced in the studios of Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop. Featured artists include: Babs Pease, Catherine King, Mandy Tait, Stephen Ratomski, Peter Kirley, Gordon Slater, Kate Hunter, Sheila Carnduff, Aine Scannell, Claire Yarrington, John

Jill Calder – illustrator

Celebrated and award winning illustrator, Jill Calder is also a calligrapher, painter and occasional lecturer with a love of drawing, narrative, colour, ink, typography, deadlines and sketchbooks. Based in Cellardyke, she works for clients in every time zone. Jill’s first picture book, “Robert the Bruce, King of Scots” written by James Robertson and published by Birlinn Books, came out in May 2014. Since 2010 she has also been a visiting Artist

Night Market at Balgove Larder, St Andrews

Inspired by similar night markets from around the world two local girls Jamie Craig-Gentles and Liana Nickel started the Night Market in 2014 at Balgove Larder near St Andrews. Wednesday 24 September was the last of the summer markets but we’ll keep you posted as soon as the next one is in the diary. Stalls include Dunfermline chocolatier, Gill and Stan Lyth of Hello Chocolate.