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Quirky Culross

Culross day trip Scotland

 

Following the Fife Coastal Path east of Kincardine-on-Forth and the black giant of Longannet Power Station, it is something of a revelation to arrive at the riverside ‘time capsule’ of the ancient Royal Burgh of Culross (pronounced Coo-russ) even for relative locals like ourselves.

There’s plenty car parking just outside the conservation area of the village and so no excuse not to enjoy a leisurely walk around the undulating narrow cobbled streets. You can take in the religious and coal-mining history of the place through the wee 16th and 17th century houses with their pantiled roofs. There’s also the  restored Palace (dates from 1597) and gardens, the Abbey (c. 1217), Mercat Cross, public monuments and interpretation boards. A guided tour of the Palace comes highly recommended if your wallet can stretch to the entrance fee. You really do learn more from the knowledgeable NTS guides than you’d find in any book and the history of the building, its gardens and surroundings stays with you as you explore beyond the property into the streets. The Palace has its own tearoom and now the Biscuit Café near the Craft Gallery also serves refreshments if you need a sit-down.

Culross Scotland

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culross

As you return to the car park and take a look out onto the Forth estuary, there’s little left to suggest that Culross was once a very busy coal-exporting port. This coal, brought out from under the river, was used to provide heat for the village’s other industry, its salt pans. It’s quite a thought that in the 1590s Culross produced more salt than anywhere else in Scotland.

Getting to Culross from Baldiesburn

Culross is within twenty minutes of our B&B and well worth half a day of your time. Just drop us a line if you have any questions about it and we’ll be happy to try and answer them for you. You can also read more about Culross, Fife and Scotland in general over on our favourite Scotland travel blog Travels with a Kilt.

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