Artists have never been able to resist the charms of a fishing village, so it’s not a surprise that the red, pantiled houses, still-active harbour and winding streets of Pittenweem have drawn a resident artistic community. The village’s annual Arts Festival, at the beginning of August, showcases their work, as does the East Neuk Open Studios trail. Fresh fish is the other attraction at Pittenweem, sold at local fishmongers and on the menus of restaurants in the (equally attractive) neighbouring villages – most famously the Anstruther Fish Bar up the road and 16 West End in St Monans.
• The nearest railway station is Cupar, 13 miles away. The 95 bus from Leven to St Andrews stops at Pittenweem



Original Acrylic Study, Pittenweem, East Neuk, Fife.

Pittenweem is a busy fishing port on the East Neuk of Fife. Its name meaning ‘place of the caves’ refers to St Fillan’s cave in Cove Wynd which was first used as a chapel in the 700s.

The port itself is very colourful not only with the many different fishing boats in the harbour but with the white houses with red and orange roof pantiles brought to the area through trade with the Low Countries.

A busy tourist location Pittenweem also boasts a well respected Arts Festival which transforms the village every August into a hub for artists and art lovers.

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