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An Active Retirees Guide to Anstruther 

Nicole Baines

Nicole Baines

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Health & Wellbeing

Always dreamed of retiring to the Scottish Coast? Find out why our homeowners have fallen in love with the pretty seaside town of Anstruther in Fife, home to our popular Beacon Court development. 

 

Whether you’re looking to downsize and free up more time for the things that matter, or simply fulfil your lifelong wish of a tranquil retirement by the sea, our coastal developments offer homeowners a whole new lease of life. Exclusively designed for the over 60s, our developments command prime positions nestled in the heart of their local communities, with all day to day upkeep and maintenance taken care of leaving you free to embrace the delights of retirement living on the coast. 

It’s easy to fall in love with our Beacon Court development in Anstruther, which is just a stone’s throw away from the glittering East Neuk coastline. Home to an abundance of sandy coves, walking trails and a colourful harbour, this bustling fishing village attracts active retirees from far and wide, with no shortage of activities to keep the locals entertained. The development’s crowning jewel is undoubtedly its stunning roof terrace, which offers panoramic views over the Firth of Forth and provides a perfect space for bird-watching and unwinding. With all of this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that our homeowners enjoy active social lives and pursue a diverse variety of hobbies!

Sample Some of Scotland’s Finest Seafood

Fife is well known for its rapidly-expanding culinary scene, boasting locally sourced produce, mouth-watering seafood and some of Scotland’s finest traditional dining options. Anstruther is every bit a part of this, attracting self-proclaimed ‘foodies’ from all over the country. The renowned Anstruther Fish Bar has scooped the award for the UK’s Fish & Chip Shop of the Year, located less that fifteen minutes’ walk from our development. If you’re in search of gourmet dining, The Michelin-Star Cellar Restaurant is guaranteed to tantalise your taste-buds, boasting an epicurean tasting menu with wine pairing inspired by seasonal Scottish produce. Locals can also soak up the vibrant ‘brunch’ scene. An array of colourful cafes border the harbour, offering everything from light-bites to homemade ice cream less than five minutes’ drive from Beacon Court!

Get Ready To Shop Local

Anstruther offers the best of both worlds when it comes to shopping. There are branded stores like the Co-operative in the centre for convenience, but local produce and boutique stores undoubtedly take centre stage. Bowhouse Food Market opens its doors one weekend every month, offering locals the chance to sample and purchase an array of seasonal food and drink. With everything from fresh fish to locally brewed craft beer on offer, there truly is something for everyone. You’ll also be spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting trinkets and soft furnishings for your new apartment. If you’ve got an artistic streak, you can make your own candles and scents from scratch at Jo Macfarlane’s workshop, or introduce a nautical theme to your home with curtains or prints from Harbour Interiors. What’s more, all these local boutiques are less than ten minutes’ walk from the development, making it easy to treat yourself and  window-shop to your hearts content.

Soaking Up The Sea Air

Getting closer to nature and embracing the great outdoors is all part of daily life in Anstruther. If you’re a keep-fit fanatic, you can enjoy regular walks along the Fife Coastal Path. This trail links three of the area’s pretty fishing villages via a scenic walking route which begins less than five-minutes’ drive from our development. There’s also ample opportunity to discover the areas varied wildlife, with regular pleasure cruises from Anstruther Harbour to the nearby Isle of May, where you can spot puffins, seals and other seabirds as well as whale-watching from July to September. If you would rather explore off the beaten track, get ready to discover a range of hidden delights around every corner with a number of secluded coves and stretches of unspoilt coastline throughout Anstruther and the surrounding areas.

Calling All History Enthusiasts

Whilst the rugged coastal landscape plays a huge role in Anstruther’s undeniable charm, the area also boasts a strong historical attraction. Medieval architecture meets Victorian design at nearby Kellie Castle, which is just a ten-minute drive from the development. With its well-maintained interiors, stunning landscaped gardens and scenic surroundings, this fairytale structure attracts visitors and tourists alike all year round. If you prefer more recent history, Scotland’s very own Secret Bunker can also be reached with a short car journey, offering a fascinating exhibit of The Cold War. Anstruther also celebrates its authentic roots as a traditional fishing village with the popular Scottish Fisheries Museum, showcasing the history of the industry through the ages alongside a selection of popular displays of related art and photography.

Life On The Links  

Golf enthusiast? Beacon Court is undoubtedly the development for you. The roof terrace overlooks the popular Anstruther Golf Club, which is less than a five-minute walk away and always happy to welcome new members. If you’re looking to indulge in a glamorous day-out, the exclusive golf courses of St Andrews are only a twenty-minute drive away, and well worth a visit. If golf isn’t your thing, there’s also a well-established bowling club in Anstruther centre as well as a tennis club which runs regular tournaments and social events. Whatever your sporting preference, Anstruther won’t disappoint.

Living The Retirement Dream

Always fantasized about spending your golden years by the coast? Make that ‘someday’ today and take the first step towards retirement living to the full with a visit to our Beacon Court development.

Whether you dream of days spent exploring the coastline, browsing the local boutiques or teeing off at the golf course, there’s no shortage of opportunities to indulge your hobbies and activities in Anstruther, making it the perfect location for a fulfilling retirement doing the things you love most.

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