The Ship Inn

“Wonderful sea views, comfy rooms with luxury touches, great local food” - AA Inspector



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Our Inspector's view

You'd have to travel a long way to find views better than the ones from this inn. Overlooking the harbour in Elie, The Ship Inn has a beer garden and views over the wide sandy beach to the sea. It is the only pub in Britain to organise cricket matches on a beach, when the weather and tides allow. A comfortable lounge bar and expansive dining space enjoy the views and stunning sunsets. In keeping with rest of the inn, the bedrooms and bathrooms are equally stylish, with Egyptian linens, Nespresso machines, Bose sound systems and beautiful toiletries; two rooms are dog-friendly. No visit would be complete without sampling the food or trying one of the cask ales.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

Breakfast Award
1-Rosette restaurant
The Ship Inn
The Toft, ELIE, FIFE, KY9 1DT


  • Rooms 6
  • Bedrooms ground: 1
  • Children welcome
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu
  • Satellite TV
  • Free TV
  • Wifi
  • Accessible bedrooms: 1
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Dinner Served

About the area

Discover Fife

This 20-mile wide peninsula between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay is an ancient kingdom, once the home of Scotland’s kings and saints. Despite its modern bridges it still seems curiously detached from the rest of the country. Travelling along Fife’s grand coastline reveals a fascinating legacy of caves, castles, and ancient fishing ports. Blend coast and countryside by following stretches of the Fife Coastal Path, or take an exhilarating trek in the Fife Regional Park.

St Andrews has a unique place in Scotland’s heritage. According to legend, the city was founded by St Regulus in the 4th century, who was carrying relics of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, when his ship was wrecked off the coast. Thereafter, the town grew as an important religious centre, eventually home to the largest church in Scotland, now an attractive ruin, with the powerful bishops wielding great influence over church and state. Today, St Andrews is famous for its university, the oldest in Scotland, and as a world golfing mecca. The Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club claims to have 15th century origins and to play a round on these hallowed links is many golfers’ dream.

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