This evening, my theme is the quaint and picturesque fishing village of Crail situated on the Fife Coast.

Firstly, the name Crail has interesting origin deriving from Caraile (from both Scots Gaelic and Irish Gaelic)  meaning rock.

Historically, Crail was an extremely busy fishing and trading port with close links to the Low Countries. This trade pattern remains evident today as manifested in the local architecture with crow-stepped gables and a Dutch-style town-house with a bell featuring a Dutch inscription.

Today, the commercial fishing and trading activities around the harbour have almost disappeared with exception of a small lobster business.

The harbour at Crail is probably the most photographed in Scotland, featuring on countless calenders and postcards. This town is a magnet for visitors. photographers and artists. Other features include  a museum, pottery, a library based in a 16th century Tollbooth, 13th century Collegiate Church and Mercat Cross.

Whenever possible I always include Crail in tours of the east coast when driving up from Edinburgh to St Andrews.

Crail, Scotland

Harbour at Crail

 

Crail, fife Coast

Crail Harbour

Lobster Cottage

View of Lobster Cottage at Crail

Weather here today in Glasgow has been below freezing although so far we have escaped the snowfalls which have caused problems elsewhere in the U.K.

During the day I have been preoccupied designing itineraries for new tours for 2011.

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