Elie, an attractive East Neuk of Fife holiday village runs out for a mile around the bay, it takes in from east to west Elie, Liberty, Williamsburgh and Earlsferry which were united as the burgh of Elie and Earlsferry in 1920. The town, a collection of cottages and houses takes is name from island of Ardross which formed a harbour accessible only at low tide and in 1589 received its royal charter from James VI. Elie then developed as an local centre of boat building, fishing and weaving.
Its attractive harbour, nestles among the cottages built around the 16th Century, is now ideal for yachts and small craft and is one of few harbours in Scotland to be run by a private company for the people of the burgh.It now has a very busy Water sports centre.Elie has many interesting historic buildings and cottages. One of the most outstanding is the parish church built by Sir William Scott in the 1630. Positioned to the east overlooking Ruby Bay stand the ruins of The Lady's Tower, built in the mid 18th century as a summerhouse, it also served as a changing room for Lady Anstruther, a Naturalist. Elie Rubies are small, red semi-precious garnets, which can be still be found on the beach.
Amongst Elie's most famous people is the golfer James Braid who won the Open Championship five times. In addition to two golf courses, Elie is today a centre for bowling, tennis, sailing and windsurfing.
The cottage village of Elie is a great day out for the family with a fantastic beach, pub and watersports centre. The Activities offered by Elie Watersports can be participated in on a casual basis with or without instruction or in the form of more structured courses working towards National Governing body qualifications.It is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre and is licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). Windsurfing, canoeing, pedal boats,waterskiing, mountain biking and boat trips are all for hire. Contact Angus on 01333 330962.
There is also a fine golf course both nine hole and 18 hole.The Elie Sports Club has a driving range,putting green and tennis courts. The 9 hole course is great for beginners and more experienced players alike.
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