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Elie (Woodhaven & Ruby Bay) Beach

St Monance, Fife

At low tide the beach at Elie Harbour links to Earlsferry giving almost a mile of uninterrupted golden sand. With a wide range of facilities and activities available this is an ideal family venue.

Beach Type



First aid station
Disabled toilets
Slip way
Fife Coastal Path
A number of cafes and shops are situated in Elie


Jet skiing
Wind surfing
Water sports centre
Canoeing and a local water sports centre offers other alternatives
There is zoning for water sports

Nature and Wildlife

There is a coastal footpath from North Queensferry to Crail. The beach is connected to the Fife Coastal Path.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned machanically at least once a week with additional daily manual litter picks. Litter and dog bins present. The beach can be affected by.


Dogs are restricted from the beach between May to September in line with the Harbour Byelaws.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Green Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

St Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board. 70 Market Street. St Andrews. Fife. KY16 9NU. Tel: 01334 477872


Nearest town: St Monance
County: Fife
Latitude/Longitude: 56.1854, -2.82981
Postcode: KY9 1AP
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around , Fife at Explore Britain.


Elie can be reached on the A917.

Public Transport

A bus service from Kirkcaldy to St Andrews calls at Elie. Elie is served by several local bus services for more information on bus routes and timetables in the area go to or call 0870 608 2 608

Nearest Railway Stations

North Berwick (Approx. 9 miles away)
Springfield (Approx. 12 miles away)
Cupar (Approx. 12 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking in the town in addition to the car park adjacent to the beach. parking fee applies

Nearby Car Parks

Elie Harbour, Leven (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Elie Church, Leven (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Admiralty Lane, Leven (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Rocky Point, Leven (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
C40, Kilconquhar (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Hope Place, St Monans (Unknown stay).
About 2.9 miles away
The Common, St Monans (Unknown stay).
About 3 miles away
The Rocks, Anstruther (Unknown stay).
About 4 miles away
Mid Shores, Anstruther (Unknown stay).
About 4.2 miles away
Pittenweem, Anstruther (Unknown stay).
About 4.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Monance