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Anstruther Billowness

Anstruther Billowness


Situated to the West of the harbour area of Anstruther the beach forms a quiet bay adjacent to a golf course. The beach is predominately sandy with a small number of rock pools. Billowness, like so much of the Fife coastline is very important for nature. If forms part of the East Weymss to Anstruther coast Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This area has been designated because of the large populations of birds that use the area and the diverse grassland which is home to a large number of important plant and insect species. This area of coast is also of interest for its geological properties. Billowness is the ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, walkers of people who just want to relax at the coast.


Anstruther was settled early in Scottish History and there are a number of settlements that have been linked to the Picts. The remains of a pictish cross slab was discovered at Kilrenny. Kilrenny was also the site of an early Culdee church that survived until the 19th century. Anstruther became linked to the early Christian missions and it is probable that the Chapel Cave, Caiplie were used for early worship. The Isle of May about five miles off the coast of Anstruther became the site of an early monastery and in the later Medieval period became one of Scotland’s most noted places of pilgrimage

Natural Space

The beach itself is made up of golden sand and has an abundance of rock pools that are perfect for exploring. There are open views out to sea


Billow Ness beach is set in a small, sandy bay located just to the west of Anstruther Harbour. The beach is situated on the Fife Coastal Path and is close to the Anstruther Golf Club and you will find parking and toilets close by.

Getting There

The beach is sign posted from the A917 coastal route when approaching by car. There are no rail links.

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.

Contact Details

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust
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