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Moto Ride Routes - Chippy Tea

Anstruther Fish Bar

Welcome back to Moto Ride Routes!

This week we're going a little further afield, exploring the East Coast leading along to Anstruther to sample some of their world-famous fish and chips.

We'll be departing from the Falkirk Wheel, heading across the Kincardine Bridge over to the Kingdom of Fife. We'll be passing through locations such as Aberdour, Burntisland, Leven and Pittenweem on our way to Anstruther.

From Anstruther you have two options - go back the way you came, or fork Northwards towards St. Andrews, coming back down to Kincardine via the A91, joining the A977.

Keep reading to discover more landmarks along the route, or access the route directly, here.

We start today's adventure at the Falkirk Wheel, a modern landmark that many have heard of, but have never visited.

This incredible structure connects the Forth and Clyde Canals, and was opened in 2002 as part of the Millennium Link Project. Prior to the wheel's installation, the Forth and Clyde canals had been isolated from one another since the 1930's.

The giant rotating boat lift towers an incredible 35 metres tall, and can often be seen in regular operation.

Leaving the car park at the Wheel, we follow the road through Falkirk, following signs for Carron and Bellsdyke. At Bellsdyke, pick up signs for the Kincardine Bridge, and head across the bridge staying on the A985.

Aerial View of The Falkirk Wheel

Burntisland Beach

Once you're on the A985, you've reached open skies Scotland. It may not look it as you cross the bridge, but as you begin to leave Kincardine behind, the scenery begins to rise out of the horizon.

Continue along the A985 through Crombie and Rosyth, crossing under the M90 at Rosyth following signs for Inverkeithing and Dalgetty Bay. On the other side of the M90 you will pick up the A921, which will carry you past Dalgetty Bay and onto Aberdour. Silver Sands Beach within Aberdour is an great place to stop if you need a rest and want to avoid Burntisland - offering panoramic views of Silversands Bay and a (usually) quiet parking area.

If it's a sunny day, we highly recommend stopping off at The Links (a popular park that often hosts fairground attractions) in the centre of Burntisland for a seat and a cheeky ice cream cone. We're about halfway to Anstruther, so stock up your sugar levels with a hot drink or a snack before you set off along the remainder of the A921.

Wheels pointing North, we continue along the A921 to the foot of Kirkcaldy, where we join the A955 after riding along the esplanade. If you look into the distance along the coast, you can just about see Elie beach, just down the road from where we're going in Anstruther. 

Keep heading Northeast along the coastal A955 through East Wemyss onto Leven, where we will follow begin to turn Eastward. Pass through Lundin Links, following signs to Pittenweem. You're almost there, so put some thought into your order before you reach the Chip Shop in Anstruther.

If you'd like to see a little more of Pittenweem, head down to the harbour for picturesque fishing village scenes and a stroll. Hold off on the coffee and cakes though - as we're stopping in the next village a short distance up the coast.

Pittenweem Harbour

You've made it! The Anstruther Fish Bar is within reach! Find a place to park up on the waterfront and make your way over for an award-winning seafood experience.

The Fish Bar is a popular location with tourists, so expect some level of queues to be served on a sunny day. You can sit outside along the waterfront, or take a perch in the restaurant situated within. Either way, this is not a meal to be missed.

The Anstruther Fish Bar has hosted Prince William, Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro over the years, and has been operated by a small family-run firm since 2003. The Bar won the UK's 'Fish Shop of The Year' in 2009, and has won 'Best Fish and Chip Shop' in Scotland four times, amongst many other awards and accolades.

What you do from here is up to you! You can head back along the coast the way you came, or, we've charted a return route heading back to Falkirk through St. Andrews and onto the A91.

You can access the full route here

Let us know what you think, and be sure to send us a photo of your spoils from the Fish Bar alongside your motorcycle.