The Local Area

The Villages

Pittenweem is very pretty and has a working harbour, butcher, baker, Post Office, pharmacy, general store, fish and chip shop and a gem of a cafe.  It is one of the villages that form a string along the coast called the East Neuk of Fife.  The Fife Coastal path links the villages and is a very popular walk.

The 5 terraced cottages are all named after villages within 6 miles of Madeira.  They are Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail.  Each village offers up its own treats.  For example the Lobster Shack in Crail is a delight, as is The Smoke House in St Monans.  Links to these popular destinations can be found below.


Madeira is a fantastic place to base yourself and play the plethora of local golf course in Fife.  Nine miles from Madeira, a 20 minute drive, you will find the famous home of golf, St Andrews.  There are several courses to play there including the Old Course  which you have to book well ahead.

Down the coast a couple of miles you will find the challenging but delightful course at Kings Barns.  Then of course there are the smaller, lesser known courses of Crail, Ellie... etc which although less famous are still worth a visit and are decidedly easier on your wallet.

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There are many lovely walks in the area incuding the Fife Coastal path which is 1 mile from the cottages.  This path links all the villages of The East Neuk and offers up spectacular views along the walk. 

Sites giving you all the information you need to find your way around.


Fife is one of Scotland most abundant producer of food both from the land and the sea.

Ardross Farm Shop

Try some of its local produce at The Ardross Farm Shop.  Beware though you will go in for one thing and come out with a basketful.  They sell seasonal fruit and veg together with artisan ready made meals and have a large selection of local sauces, honey, and meat.

Located onthe road to Ellie 2 miles from Madeira Farm shop offers the best of both worlds - fresh seasonal fruit and veg and homemade goodies made in the farm kitchen.  It is truly worth a visit.

The Cheese Farm

Since 2008 the St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company’s varieties of Anster cheese have been developing a wider following, but a pilgrimage to the place they’re made is a treat in its own right.

This fresh and strikingly new café on the Stewart family farm – where cheesemaker Jane sources the milk from husband Robert’s herd of Holstein Friesian cows – has a great aspect to the south, looking down towards a panoramic view of Anstruther and the mouth of the Forth.

Inside there’s a well-stocked deli corner and a viewing gallery where the public can watch the cheese being made, while the firm but delicately crumbly mild, mature and smoked versions are available to wrap up and take away or as a cheeseboard alongside oatcakes and chutney.

Other standouts amidst the extensive menu include a rich ‘cheese savoury’ of sliced potatoes, bacon lardons and caramelised onions or a twice-baked cheese soufflé, both made with Anster. Cakes and sweet treats, meanwhile, are baked on the premises.

Other Shops

There are shops in the village including a butcher, fishmonger, chemist, grocer, baker and post office.  For more extensive shopping the Co-op in Anstruther is a few minutes drive away.

Eating Out/Eating In

A great part of any self catering holiday is enjoying the food and ambience of local eateries.  Here are just a few we love.

East Pier Smokehouse

The winner of two Great Taste awards in 2011 for their salmon and cold-smoked venison, East Pier Smokehouse sources its fish from the RSPCA Freedom Food-monitored farms of Scotland's west coast.

Their product range is striking, with a traditionally smoked salmon supplementing one which has been cured in beetroot juice before being smoked.

Owner James Robb also intends to open a cafe within the smokehouse's premises on the pier in time for summer, selling buckets of Pittenweem langoustines and boiled lobster.

The Anstruther Fish Bar

A famous fish and chip shop located on the front in Anstruther although the fish and chip shop in Pittenweem is as good and not as busy!  You can walk from Madeira to the Pittenweem fish and chip shop in just 10 minutes and be back to enjoy your supper in the peace and quiet of your cottage.

The Peat Inn

The Peat in is a wonderful restaurant which also has rooms to rent.  It has a lovely ambience and is only a 15 minute drive from Madeira.

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Pittenweem Arts Festival

First week in August Free entry to all exhibitions, 10am - 5pm daily

Pittenweem currently has around 30 artists resident in the village & many more in the surrounding chain of small fishing villages set along the lovely East Neuk coastline.

The festival hosts an exciting mixture of well-established invited artists, newcomers & resident artists, who exhibit in homes, studios, galleries & public spaces throughout the village & its environs. Over 9 days, visitors are offered a wide variety of exhibitions, workshops, performances, talks & children’s events, all related to the arts.‎