Pittenweem is a beautiful fishing village of the East Neuk on the South coast of the Fife peninsula and home of the famous Pittenweem Arts Festival which it hosts for a week every summer. A favourite of artists throughout the centuries Pittenweem created the annual Arts Festival which has been a very popular festival where Scottish and local artists congregate to display and sell their wares in the beautiful streets, houses and businesses of the town. Aside from the festival, Pittenweem is a beautiful spot to take in the ambience at any time of year and has a very beautiful parish Church and Tolbooth.
Pittenweem Harbour was first recorded as a port in the year 1228 and the heyday of the fishing industry was during the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the last century. Today, Pittenweem is a shellfish port and the main landing port and market in the East Neuk. The target species are nephrops norvegicus, (also known as Norway lobster, Dublin Bay prawn, langoustine or prawn as it’s more commonly known), lobster and crab and more recently surf clams. Some fish is also landed but mainly as a by-catch.
Pittenweem Arts Festival
Every August, the small fishing village of Pittenweem plays host to some 25,000 visitors for an extravaganza of art and exhibitions at the Pittenweem Arts Festival.
Pittenweem literally opens its doors to the public, from living rooms to garages to the school playground. Every nook and cranny is transformed into exhibition spaces.
Parish Church & Tolbooth
This church was founded sometime before c.1200, as attested by a fragment of a doorway noted by John Gifford at the east end of the north elevation, and as such predates the foundation of Pittenweem Priory to the southeast. Most of the church dates to the sixteenth century. It faces west onto the High Street, and is joined to the tolbooth, which looks as if it is the west tower. The church is surrounded by a graveyard to the north, south and east.
The Cocoa Tree Shop
The Pittenweem Chocolate Company and our Cocoa Tree Cafe is a year-round haven in the heart of a picturesque, East Neuk fishing village. Owner, Sophie Latinis, is passionate about showcasing fair trade, responsibly grown and unusual, exquisite flavours. Sophie also recently launched her own bespoke chocolate range – hand-made in Pittenweem – including her exclusive series of single malt liqueur chocolates, presented in attractive, wooden gift boxes.