Five Fife toilets are in the premier league of public conveniences, thanks to new national recognition.
The facilities – at Dysart’s Harbourmaster’s House, Aberdour Silver Sands, Elie Harbour, Elie’s Ruby Bay and Kingsbarns – have all received accolades in the National Loo of the Year Awards 2013.
The Harbourmaster’s House came out tops with a Platinum award while Aberdour and Kingsbarns were judged to have reached the Gold standard, and these three are now in the running to become Overall Scottish Winner. Meanwhile, both Elie facilities were honoured with Silver awards.
Amanda McFarlane, chief executive of the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust which also manages and maintains the Fife Coastal Path and Fife’s beaches, said: “We are thrilled to receive these awards, especially in our first year of managing these toilets, and we are grateful to Fife Council for entrusting these vital facilities to us.
“I would like to thank our dedicated team as, without them, we would not have secured these awards.”
The National Loo of the Year Awards are run by the British Toilet Association to encourage the highest possible standards in all types of public or ‘away-from-home’ toilets.
These are the first Fife facilities ever to feature in their roll of honour.
Beaches and coastal officer Robbie Blyth also paid tribute to the Trust’s dedicated team of toilet attendants, lifeguards, beach patrollers, litter pickers and cleaners, all of whom had worked hard to ensure the ever-growing number of visitors to Fife Coastal Path had such superb facilities.
He revealed that cleaner Linda McCallum – who looks after the Platinum Award toilet at the Trust’s Dysart headquarters – was particularly thrilled at the prestigious prize.
“We look forward to doing even better next year, as the public toilets are vital for users of Fife’s beaches and coastal path,” added Robbie.
Fife Council Leader Alex Rowley described the awards as “great news”.
He said: “We can now add these awards to our achievement of being Scotland’s top destination for outdoor recreation for seven consecutive years – and also of having the only Blue Flag beaches in Scotland.
“I would like to congratulate Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and their staff for this great accolade and for helping to make Fife a great place to live and visit.”