Hello to all readers of this my first ever blog. I hope you will find it informative and enjoy learning more about ‘The Golden Fringe’ of Fife. The title of this blog says it all. Every day the views and the light amaze and delight us. Even today in the aftermath of a storm we had iridescent clouds above the river. Beautiful.
My name is Jean and I moved here to Burntisland with my family of 2 boys a dog and a husband in 1988. It was our dream to live by the sea as our passions and sports are all outdoors activities. We deliberately looked for a house to renovate in our own style which we called ‘Gruinard’ after the beautiful bay in the north west of the country where we holidayed for 34 years. The renovation took over 4 years and then became a B&B in 1992 after my sons persuaded me to invite people to stay in what was always Granny’s room.
We love meeting so many interesting and lovely folk from all over the world. We are situated on the main route on the coast from St Andrews to Edinburgh so we have a lot of tourists passing by. The education it gave my 2 sons was second to none. They learnt so much and have excellent social skills which still remain with them today.
The Fife Coastal Path is in front or behind our home depending on the state of the tide. The Path starts at the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north and is 117 miles long. We run, walk or mountain bike on the path most days at some point, we also sea kayak adjacent to the path. Mostly in the middle of the day although we have squeezed in a cycle before serving breakfast occasionally.
It is always interesting and a great training ground for us when preparing for marathons, Ultras or long hill races. Hill racing (Fell racing) is our favourite sport but living by the coast means we have the best of both worlds. It is only 30 minutes’ drive to our local hills. The Fife Coastal path is varied but always good to walk on with good sturdy shoes or in our case trainers. Only small sections need boots or shoes with a bit of grip. It has fantastic public transport links so it doesn’t have to be done all at once you can do small sections at a time.
You will also see evidence of old brick war time buildings. Gun batteries, look outs and anti-tank defences all along the coast and many of the islands have them too. There was a fear that the enemy would bomb the Forth Rail Bridge during the 2nd World War and on the island of Inchkeith (4 miles South East from Burntisland) there were 1,000 men stationed for the duration of the war.
I hope you have enjoyed this taster of what we have to offer in Fife and it will encourage you to come and explore.