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Ardross castle and farm shop
east of Elie, Fife

Ardross castle and farm shop, Fife
The ruins of the castle just east of Elie, looking west.

Built in the 14th century by the Dishington family then sold to Sir William Scott of Elie in 1607 before passing to Sir William Anstruther at the end of the 17th century.

The Fife Coastal Path winds through the castle and on the right in this photo is the old railway line between Elie and St Monans used mainly for farm access.

Ardross castle and farm shop, Fife
This view shows the drop onto the beach, no more than about twenty feet but still giving substantial protection.

All that's left now are the foundations of the vaulted basement (the smaller section) and the remains of a residential block added later (the larger part).

Ardross castle and farm shop, Fife
From overhead looking east.

(Please note that this is not the Ardross Castle just north of Inverness.)

Ardross castle and farm shop, Fife
Ardross Farm Shop is nearby and is an excellent stop for walkers on the Fife Coastal Path who need food and drink to sustain them. Access to the farm shop from the path has been upgraded.

Ardross castle and farm shop, Fife
The farm alone with the shop right in the middle. As you would expect they sell a wide range of fruit, vegetables, meat and all manner of local produce.

There's plenty of free parking and easy access from the main coast road (the A917 from Elie to St Monans) which runs right past the gate.