Cruising

Picture of yachts Burntisland, though situated in the Kingdom of Fife, is only five miles from Edinburgh as the crow flies. Unusually for the Firth of Forth and the East Coast in general, there is enough water to cover even at low water.

Many fine little harbours can be found nearby for exploring and visiting – if the tide is right. Or dropping the hook and sitting outside – if the tide is low. The famous Forth Bridge and its sister structure, the Forth Road Bridge are easily visible from here, away to the west. But two high-quality cruising destinations right on our doorstep are the lovely islands of Inchkeith and Inchcolm. Being islands, they both offer anchoring possibilities, more or less whatever the wind direction. Medieval Inchcolm with its fine abbey is now in the care of Historic Scotland and can be visited for a small fee. Inchkeith is in private hands but, for those interested in bird and animal life, there is hardly any richer area than the teeming seas around this island in the Firth of Forth.

Upriver, below and beyond the famous bridges, are the charming villages of Limekilns and Charlestown. Good places to row ashore to get fish and chips (but check that you have left sufficient anchor chain before you leave). Downriver, towards the North Sea the beautiful coastline opens out to reveal the harbours in the Neuk of Fife: Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther, Cellardyke and Crail.

If you wish to push the boat out yet further, the university and golf town of St Andrews lies just round the corner – round Fife Ness and to the North.