Crail Roome Bay

Roome Bay is south facing and combines a cove of sand and rock pools with natural peace and quiet. There is a small paddling pool at one end of the beach that is a haven for wildlife. A sloping grass area and small childrens playground provide the backdrop to the beach on the north side. Crail is a beautiful fishing village set in East Neuk of Fife. The harbour has been used many times in films and by artists. The area of coastline is part of the internationally recognised Firth of Forth Ramsar site to protect wetland habitats and the species which live and feed in these areas.


Built around a harbour, Crail has a particular wealth of vernacular buildings from the 17th to early 19th centuries, many restored by the National Trust for Scotland, and is a favourite subject for artists. The most notable building in the town is the parish church, situated in the Marketgate 

Natural Space

Roome Bay is home to a former paddling pool which has been reclaimed by nature and now provides a refuge for wildlife, particularly water birds. The beach is a good place to come for some peace and quiet and to experience being at one with nature. Behind the beach is a small children's play area. Fishing is popular on the beach. 


Roome Bay is located next to the village of Crail, about 10 miles down the coast from St Andrews. The upper parts of the south-facing beach are mostly sandy. Below the high water mark things get rockier and there are a good number of rock pools to be explored.

Getting There

Crail is on the Fife coastal driving route. Access to beach is off Roome Bay Crescent. The beach is about 10 minutes walk from the centre of Crail.

Water quality information

This beach is a designated bathing water site. Further information about water quality at this site can be found on the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so.


Toilet opening times can be found on the Fife Coast & Countryside website here

Contact details

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust

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