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The Local Area Guide to living in Elie

Nestled on the southern side of East Neuk, Fife, Elie is a former royal Burgh which merged with neighbouring village Earlsferry in 1929. Perfectly preserved Victorian architecture, long stretches of golden sandy beaches, and a well-known golf course has put Elie on the map as a popular seaside holiday resort. Elie's pristine beach has been awarded a 'Blue Flag Award' and its Watersports Centre offers an array of recreational sporting facilities, including sailing and surfing. The Elie Golf Club is where famous golf course designer James Braid first cut his teeth. Elie's golf courses offer 18 holes amongst lush, rolling hills and seaside views, and Earlsferry Links has changed little since 1895.

Strolling around Elie's charming high street allows you to soak in the historic atmosphere, with notable buildings, including the Parish Church which was constructed in 1639. You'll also be able to see the first Lighthouse in the East Neuk along the village's coastal path, where you may also be able to spot dolphins and seals frolicking in the waves.

Information about the local residents

Elie and Earlsferry offers a small village atmosphere, with a permanent population of 677 residents, according to the General Register Office for Scotland's 2011 Census. Yet this population can swell in the summer months, as holidaymakers from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and beyond flock to the area's picturesque shores to stay in self-catering cottages and bed-and-breakfasts. Originally a fishing village, Elie has also long been known as a popular holiday destination. Steamers from North Berwick and Leith transported Victorian families to the seashore in the 1800s, and the village still retains a strong yachting and sailing heritage.

Nearby Schools

Elie Primary School is located right on the village's main road, housing three classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, and administrative offices. This century-old sandstone building gives way to expansive grassy play areas and tarmac, and the school is known for its Expressive Arts curriculum. This involves regular visits from P.E., Music, Art, and Drama specialists to provide a well-rounded arts education to primary pupils.

Elie Primary is a feeder school for the Waid Academy in nearby Anstruther, which boasts a 'Good' reputation according to Education Scotland. Some Elie students may also choose to attend the High School of Dundee or St Leonard's School in St Andrews at the secondary level, while university students are well-catered for with the prestigious University of St Andrews a short drive away.

Getting Around

Elie and Earlsferry is easily accessible via the A917 motorway, which runs right through the centre of the village. This provides a scenic access point to the nearby villages of St Monans, Pittenweem, and Anstruther to the north, or to Edinburgh to the south. All of the shopping and cultural highlights of St Andrews are a 25-minute drive up the A915, and the X60 and 95 bus lines provide regular service to St Andrews from Elie as well. Bus companies operating services in Elie include Stagecoach Fife, Fishers Tours, and A1 Minibus.

Local Shops

Elie's shopping facilities include an attractive blend of independent boutiques, cosy cafes, and practical outlets. The High Street is home to a pharmacy and Appleton Gifts, which is known for its traditional children's toys, accessories, and gifts with a coastal slant. The Ship Inn is famous for its rounds of cricket on the beach while the Elie Deli stocks everything residents need for a seaside picnic, from a selection of olives to freshly baked bread.

The Ardross Farm Shop is a short drive up the coast from Elie, offering over 40 varieties of hand-picked seasonal vegetables and grass-fed beef. This rural gem of a shop also is the local's spot of choice to pick up free range chickens and eggs, organic lamb, venison, luxury jams and handmade chocolates. Those in search of the major retailers and brand names will find a host of shopping centres in nearby St Andrews.

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