Beaten by the Beast from the East

Today I should be in Fife. I should have collected my hire car from Edinburgh Airport this morning, driven over the Queensferry Crossing Bridge and be making my way along the A92, en route to the East Neuk (or corner) of Fife to my bed for the night at The Ship Inn in the harbour town of Elie.

I had even planned to attempt the Elie Chainwalk during my latest trip to Scotland – a truly unique coastal walk that starts at Kincraig Point by West Bay beach. I say ‘walk’ but it’s more of a scramble really, using the carefully placed chains and posts to pull, lower and generally drag yourself along the half-a-kilometre cliff-hugging route between Elie and Shell Bay. It sounds like a great adventure but alas, it is not for today.

Today I am holed up in London. Flights in and out of Scotland are grounded and Fife, along with other areas along the Central Belt of Scotland (Strathclyde, Lothian, Tayside) as well as parts of the Scottish Borders, have been under red alert for snow for the first time in Scotland’s history (or at least since the weather system was in place) as the polar vortex labelled the ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma continue to wreak havoc across Britain.

Ah well, extreme weather is one of the things visitors to Scotland must contend with. Undeterred, I plan to fly to Edinburgh on Saturday morning and spend a couple of days in the Scottish capital exploring as best I can in the cold conditions. Fingers crossed I make it this time.