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The Local Area Guide to living in Pittenweem

A charming fishing town located on Scotland's east coast, Pittenweem is part of the East Neuk of Fife. It's notable for its colourful harbour, which bustles in the morning when boats flock in with their catch of the day and the fish market opens for business. The harbour is surrounded by traditional houses notable for their design that's unique to Fife, boasting red pantile or grey-slate roofing and gables. Many of these have been restored by the National Trust for Scotland to retain the village's postcard perfect atmosphere.

Beyond the harbour, there's much to explore in Pittenweem including the 16th century residence of the earls of Kellie, known as Kellie Lodge. Those interested in religious history also visit the village to view St Fillan's Cave, which was once home to St Fillan and now serves as a shrine. Just outside of Pittenweem are two well-preserved castles, Kellie Castle and Balcaskie House, and the village also comes alive during August when it hosts an annual arts festival.

Information about the local residents

Fishing is one of Pittenweem's primary industries, as this village is the most active fishing port on the East Neuk coast. Yet residents are also involved in farming, tourism, and arts and crafts. The area also has a history of coal mining and salt production, although these are no longer in operation. The village has a population of approximately 1600, according to a 2006 estimate. Pittenweem was named one of the 50 best places to live in the UK by The Sunday Times in 2015. With such a small population, it retains a strong sense of community and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere among the local residents.

Nearby Schools

There's a primary school within the village, located on the northern side of town. Pittenweem Primary School caters for children aged 4 to 12, with its own playing fields and a traditional learning environment. It also caters for nursery age children from 3 and up. Children attending secondary school usually travel to nearby Anstruther, where Waid Academy is located. Both have good reputations according to Education Scotland.

For those willing to travel further afield, St Leonard's School in St Andrews and the High School of Dundee are also available for secondary school students in the area. The prestigious University of St Andrews is a 20 minute drive away from Pittenweem, known for its excellent research facilities and for being the third oldest English-speaking University in the world.

Getting Around

The A917 runs through the centre of Pittenweem, connecting the village with neighbouring villages Anstruther and St Monan. Picturesque St Andrews is a mere 20 minute drive away, while Dundee can be reached in 45 minutes and Edinburgh in a little over an hour. There are also a number of bus companies operating services that stop in Pittenweem, including Fishers Tours and A1 Minibus. Stagecoach Fife runs the 95 bus service to and from St Andrews, departing every hour.

Local Shops

Pittenweem may be small, but its residents have an independent spirit which is self-evident in its spirited shops, pubs, and cafes. Within the village, you'll find a candle shop, a craft shop, a sweet shop, and a pharmacy among others. This petite village is also a hotspot for artists, who arrive for the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival and flock to its art galleries. You can view and purchase works at the Fisher Studio Gallery, visit the Cocoa Tree Café for a taste of locally produced chocolate, or just browse through the village's cosy antique shops and tea rooms. And naturally, the Pittenweem Fish Market is well worth a visit to pick up the fresh catch of the day - just be sure you arrive early in the morning before the best cuts are snapped up! If you prefer your fish to be prepared for you, the Pittenweem Fish and Chip Bar is a classic high street destination.

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