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Crail, Fife

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Crail is a a historic fishing village located on the Fife Peninsula, in Scotland ,United Kingdom.
Crail is a a historic fishing village located on the Fife Peninsula, in Scotland ,United Kingdom.
Crail is  a historic fishing village located on the Fife Peninsula, in Scotland ,United Kingdom.

Originally, the place lived from fishing, which the Crail Harbor bears witness to. In the 9th century, Crail traded heavily with the continent. The royal castle Crail Castle was – like the Crail Parish Church – built in the 12th century, the pigeon tower in the 16th century. The market cross dates from the 17th century.

Built around a natural harbor it houses, numerous buildings  have been restored by the National Trust for Scotland and one of Scotland’s oldest churches, dating back to the 13th century. Fish can still be purchased at the port, but this is primarily a tourist attraction.

Access : Coordinates: 56.2608, -2.6263 / Crail is a city in the United Kingdom. It is located in the council area of Fife and is part of the country of Scotland, in the north of the country, 500 km north of London the capital of the country.

Highlights :

  • The beginnings of the settlement date back to at least the 9th century. In 1310, Robert I Bruce granted it a market privilege and royal burgh status.
  • Carboniferous fossilized trees can be seen on the beach next to the port.
  • Northeast of Crail, there is a disused military airfield, used by the Royal Navy and then by the Royal Air Force in 1918–1919. Re-opened in 1940, it was a Fleet Air Arm base until the end of World War II. After the war, at the airport there were, among others Naval School (1947-1949), Black Watch Battalion Barracks and Military Language School (1956-1960).
  • In 2017, the Community Council received a patent for the shield and coat of arms of Crail. It was lost when the Royal City Council was abolished in 1976.
  • The Crail Food Festival held in the summer / Hiking : The Fife Coastal Path which runs from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north and stretches for about 117 miles.
  • Top sights in Crail : The picturesque Fife Coastal Route / The 16th century Tolbooth / The Crail Museum / The old kirk of St Mary’s. Outside the church gates lies a large boulder called the Blue Stane. / The site of a castle established by King David I. / The curving pier which dates to the 16th century, and the straight West Pier of 1826.

Go next : The city of Glenrothes, the capital of the council. / The nearest larger town is St Andrews, 13.7 km northwest of Crail. / St Fillan’s Cave / Kellie Castle / Isle of May Priory, St Adrian’s Chapel.

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