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Perfect positioning

From the picturesque hamlet of Kirkton of Balmerino on the southern banks of the Tay, it’s not only the Kingdom of Fife and Angus and Dundee that’s within your reach, the cottage is an ideal base from which to explore further – Perthshire to the west, the Highlands and Grampians to the North, and even south to Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Feast your eyes

From the stretch of a beautiful beach, to a natural woodland, against a backdrop of hills and mountains, the Kingdom of Fife is picture perfect. The award-winning film ‘Chariots of Fire’ was filmed on St Andrews West Sands and, from that vantage point, you can look across the water to the beach at Tentsmuir with its backdrop of forestry.  Heading south on the coastal road from St Andrews is a must, with its series of picturesque fishing villages, known as the ‘East Neuk’ of Fife.

The official tourism website for Fife has lots of useful information on travel, where to eat, places to see and things to do.

The outdoors beckon

From the Haven, walkers and cyclists are spoilt for choice. To make it easy – and get the most from your time – we have a number of suggested routes (ready laminated) for you to take out with you. Fife has one of the UK’s most comprehensive cycle networks, with 300 miles (500km) of routes along quiet country lanes, disused railway lines and forest tracks as well as commuter routes in towns.

Or, if you prefer your trekking on horseback, there is a riding school in the middle of Tentsmuir Forest, with miles of forest and beach riding, away from busy roads and traffic.

Also in the area:

Barbarafield Riding School

Barbarafield Farm,
KY15 5PU
Tel: 01334 828223

You can hire bikes at:


South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9QW
Tel: 01334 477835

Teeing off or casting off?

Some of the world’s most renowned golf courses are within half an hours’ drive of The Haven, including Canoustie and the famous Old Course in St. Andrews – which hosts the Open Golf Championship every five years. Whether amateur or pro, you will find the right golfing venue for you.

If you want to experience the peace and tranquillity of fishing along one of Scotland’s many rivers, you couldn’t choose a better base from which to start.

For fishing opportunities in Fife and further afield, see:

In touch with the past

Literally on your doorstep in Balmerino, you can visit ithe ruins of The Cistercian Abbey built in 1229.

The city of Dundee – only 10 miles away – has thrived since the development of the waterfront, yet remains very much in touch with its past. The Royal Research Ship ‘Discovery’, which was built to take Captain Scott to Antarctica, sits adjacent to the V&A, in the very heart of this area.

Then, just 13 miles away from Balmerino, is the medieval university town of St Andrews with its many historic attractions including the ruins of the city castle, which was once the residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews.

A taste of the arts

The iconic V&A Museum in Dundee is Scotland’s first design museum and has to be top of any list of attractions in the area to visit. Slessor Gardens – also in Dundee – holds regular open-air concerts, and, from the city’s Caird Hall to the five-star Byre Theatre and Younger Hall in St Andrews, there’s every chance that you will be tempted by a play or concert during your stay.

A bite to eat

From the green and fertile land to the coastal fishing towns, there is a bounty of fresh local produce to enjoy. When it comes to eating in, make sure to seek out the artisan producers, farm shops, local butchers and bakers, cheese and ice-cream makers, fishmongers and smokehouses in the area.

And, when you’re tempted to dine out at one of the many nearby restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and cafes, look out for locally-sourced produce on the menu.

  • The Newport in Newport on Tay is owned by Masterchef winner Jamie Scott. Great food and great views!
  • The View Restaurant in Wormit also comes highly recommended.

There are numerous restaurants and cafes in St Andrews and Dundee.

To book

Book directly through the website. Online payment facility for credit/debit cards, or pay by bank transfer.  30% deposit and balance six weeks before arrival.

Weekly bookings Saturday – Saturday (Short breaks may be available, but are dependent on our housekeeper’s availability. Please contact us for further information, and note that short breaks cannot be booked online).

Arrival any time after 6pm and key kept in key safe, so no pressure to be there at a set time. Departure by 9am to allow sufficient time to clean between guests. Prices include all electricity, heating, bed linen and towels.