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