in The Kingdom of Fife, is a very popular East Neuk village
adored by both artists and photographers. The picture of Crail
harbour with its little houses, white walls, crowstepped gables
and red pantile roofs, features on the front of numerous brochures
and many calendars. Yet there is much more to Crail than the
pretty harbor which was the lifeline for one of Scotland's
most prosperous burghs in medieval times.
is the oldest Burgh in The East Neuk Of Fife, and became a
Royal Burgh in the 12th century. In 1310 Robert the Bruce
granted permission for Crail to hold markets on Sunday, always
a contentious point with the Reformers. The markets, which
were once among the largest in Europe, were held in the Marketgait
where the 17th century Mercat Cross stands.
The distinctive squat tower of the Tolbooth with its rare
Dutch type roof has a fish as a weathervane. This is an old
reminder of the days when the Crail Capon, a split and dried
haddock, was a famous delicacy associated with Crail. The
Tolbooth dates from the 16th century and used to house the
old Council Chamber, Courtroom and prison. Also in Marketgait
Parish Church on a site where there has been a church
since the 12th century.
Crail has many old houses and cottages and is best explored
on foot to capture the quiet atmosphere of a Scottish village.
The dominant building around the picturesque harbor is the
large, white, crowstepped, Customs House, built in 1690.
East of the village Crail are the famous Balcomie
Links of the Crail Golfing Society which is the seventh
oldest golf club in the world. Visitors are always welcome
to enjoy the bracing air of Fife Ness while out on a round
North of Crail lies the attractive coastal village of Kingsbarns
so named because the King's grain was stored in the large
barns before being transported to the Crail or Falkland. The
first church in Kingsbarns
was built in 1631. The Kingsbarns
Golf Links site has long been known for its intimate connection
with the sea. The fact that it's golf origins date back to
1793 is testimony to the attributes of the site which foster
ideal conditions for links turf to flourish amid interesting
natural terrain. This unique part of East Fife has sandy soils,
undulating ridges and hollows, Cambo burn running into the
sea, all set against the rugged coastline of the North Sea.
Crail is ideally located for easy trips to St Andrews, Dunfermline,
Culross, Perth, Edinburgh, Falkland Palace, and all
of historic Fife.
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