Camping Woes at St Monan’s Holiday Park

It looks good, doesn’t it? These pictures are from the St Monan’s Holiday Park Website.

We booked it for the first night of our two night  camping trip to East Fife based on these images.  The map showed that there were only two pitches for tents, but we were close to the coastal path and it appeared to have good facilities.

St Monan's Holiday Park

We arrived at St Monan’s Holiday Park, skies greying, after a long trip across from the west coast. I had a family size tent which I was putting up for the first time. As we parked up, things didn’t seem so picturesque.

Public Gravel Path

Rather than being in beautiful, coastal Fife, we were at the edge of a housing estate and a football pitch. More worrying was the public footpath which was literally right behind our tent space. Compare the map above with the one below.

St Monan's Holiday Park

When I was putting the tent up, I assumed the path was just for people in St Monan’s Holiday Park. I was wrong. After a couple of buses stopped right behind our tent pitch, locals were using the path to get to their house. Here are a couple of pictures which show just how close our tent was to the path.

St Monan's Holiday Park

St Monan's Holiday Park

This was a worry. My daughters are 4 and 5 and anyone could be walking within feet of where they were sleeping.

When they went to bed, every gravel crunch from people passing was putting us on edge. Emma had taken the girls to the shower / toilet block to get them ready for bed. She said the ladies’ block was warm and clean.

We heard some noises. Kids. A bunch of them, which was to be expected. St Monan’s Holiday Park does cater for families. When I went out to the block, however, the kids weren’t residents of the park. It was a gang of local kids, trying to get into the toilet block and peer through the windows. A warden did come by and they briefly left, but came back shortly after to cycle around the toilet block and park. You can’t blame them for thinking it was okay to do this as there was no clear distinction between the back of their houses, the football park and St Monan’s Holiday Park.

The weather that night was horrendous. Emma didn’t sleep at all because of the noise and the worry of the path. The kids were awake at 1am and 4am because of the storm and the rain on the tent. We saw the humour in the situation but equally we made the decision, considering all factors, to cut the holiday short and head home to be in our warm beds the next night.

Anstruther and Crail

We did have time to visit Anstruther though. Again, WINDY!

St Monan's Holiday Park

We also visited the world famous Anstruther chippy for respite from the stormy winds and to sample their delicious food. They also supplied the relatively local Eden Mill beer which helped to alleviate the stress!

St Monan's Holiday Park

A quick visit to Crail saw us wander onto the beach for a moment before realising that the tide was coming in at top speed. Headlines of ‘Families Swept Away on the Beach’ flashed before my eyes.


We will return to East Fife. It’s too beautiful to avoid because of one bad experience. We’ll just be sure to do some more homework about the Holiday Parks and perhaps not just rely on the images and maps provided by their websites!



  1. 20 October 2016

    Oh no that is terrible, I don’t think I would have been able to sleep with people having access to the path. I hope you have better luck next time.

  2. 20 October 2016

    I can’t believe the local kids actually did that! I think I’d be really upset. Anyway, glad nothing awful happened to you guys.

  3. What a nightmare! We would have definitely cut the holiday short like you guys.
    Hope your next one is much better 🙂

  4. 20 October 2016

    Oh gosh what a terrible experience! It sounds like a lovely place but I agree, a better holiday park next year!

  5. 20 October 2016

    Oh no! You guys were so brave to stay there.

  6. Rosemary
    20 October 2016

    Chalk it up to experience! We have had a few hair raising times camping as well, but still look back on them and laugh.

  7. 20 October 2016

    I rely so much on pictures on company website when booking things or places to visit for the first time so I too would have been disappointed ????

  8. 21 October 2016

    Oh no! I wouldn’t of been able to sleep either, im not sure i would even be brave enough to stay there, those photos don’t give a good likeness at all! Hope you find a nicer plaxe on your next visit!

  9. Some kids can be so unruly. Makes me wonder. Good you went back home early.

  10. 23 October 2016

    Oh no, I would not be happy either. How great do the pictures look too!! I wound not have been able to rest either ..

  11. 24 October 2016

    Oh no, what a nightmare……I would have packed up and left I think………..glad it hasn’t put you off revisiting though

  12. Fi Ni Neachtain
    24 October 2016

    I’d wouldn’t have been happy about it either. No way would I sleep there, or let my kids sleep there where people could just come into the tent or pass so close to it – eek!

  13. 24 October 2016

    Wow I wouldn’t be happy about that either. That looks nothing like the photos and it is a bit dangerous to have it so exposed to a public path without a lot of security gates. How odd! At least you saw the humour in the situation. x

  14. Father
    31 October 2016

    If you are going to camp often it would be worth joining the camping and caravan club, nice secure sites, night time lock up, with safe showers and children’s play areas.

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