This is a sheltered and sandy beach, located to the east of Elie with a backdrop of dunes and overlooking the Firth of Forth. Ruby Bay is a part of the coastal footpath and provides access to beautiful walks in the surrounding countryside. The East Neuk of Fife is an excellent holiday location, full of history and interesting places to visit. Access by car or bus on the A917 East Neuk of Fife coastal route.
Most animals are well hidden, but one way of gaining a glimpse into their world is to explore a rock pool at low tide. On the rocks you will see limpets and barnacles, stuck fast, safe in their shells as they wait for the tide to cover them again. There are also snail-like periwinkles and dog whelks, and dark red sea anemones. If you gently move the seaweed aside you might find shore crabs or hermit crabs. You can also see a fast moving small fish such as a blenny as it darts to the safety of the rocks.
Lots of shore birds come to feed on this rich marine harvest. Wading birds such as redshank and curlew use their long bills to probe in the sand for hidden worms and molluscs. Gulls can be seen flying overhead on the lookout for an easy meal and sea duck such as eider can often be seen as they bob on the waves further out in the bay.
An additional attraction in Ruby Bay is the adjacent area of rough grassland which boasts a wonderful display of cowslips in spring and early summer. This is also a valuable site for skylarks, which nest in the area between March and July.
Elie Ruby Bay are winners of a Keep Scotland Beautiful 2018 Beach Award.
Elie Ruby Bay toilets (seasonal opening) won Silver in the National Loo of the Year Awards 2019.
Our ‘Fringe of Gold’ Beaches leaflet can be downloaded from the Resources section of our website.