This evening, I am focusing attention on Lower Largo on the Fife Coast of Scotland. This is one of a string of quaint and historic coastal villages , many with architectural interest and most with distinctive pantile roofs which point to historic trading links with Germany and Holland in the 16th and 17th centuries.

On its own Lower Largo is not as famous as neighbours such as Pittenweem, Anstruther or Crail. However, It does boast a pleasant enough sandy beach but perhaps Lower Largo’s main claim to fame is the ‘Robinson Crusoe’ connection. Few visitors appreciate that the story of Robinson Crusoe was based on the real life exploits of one Alexander Selkirk who was born in 1676 and grew up in Lower Largo. However, Selkirk ran away to sea at age 19, a career which initially proved a success but in 1704 he was put ashore on an uninhabited island off Chile where he stayed until rescued in 1709. Selkirk’s exploits were used as the basis for Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

Here is the statue of Selkirk.

Alexander Selkirk Statue, Lower Largo

Alexander Selkirk Statue, Lower Largo, Fife

Beach scene at Lower Largo

Lower Largo Beach, Fife

Beach at Lower Largo

I usually call into Lower Largo when taking a tour from Edinburgh up the coast to St Andrews, principally to show guests the Selkirk birth place and statue.

Elsewhere today,  I have:

  • Been working on an itinerary for a private Scotland tour for two persons.
  • Ditto Clan Tour for next August.
  • Responded to enquiry for a prehistory tour of Scotland.

The weather here in Glasgow has been below freezing all day with snow falling this evening.

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