This evening, I am focusing on the quaint fishing village of Pittenweem which is located on the Fife Coast and looks east across the North Sea.

Pittenweem is one a string of old fishing villages located in the East Neuk of Fife and which are linked by the A917 road which in turn boosts tourism to this popular area. The main activity here is commercial fishing coupled with a fish market on the harbour. The village can trace its history back to the 7th century AD when the missionary St Fillan used the area as a base for converting the local Picts to Christianity. In the 13th century there was a priory. The harbour dates from the 16th century and evidences thelong-term fishing and trading activities with northern Europe which underpinned the prosperity of the community. Nowadays, artists are attracted to the village which is well endowed with galleries.

Pittenweem Harbour, Fife

Pittenweem Harbour, Fife, Scotland


Apparently, the early morning fish market (open about 5.00am) is worth a visit but I have yet to convince my guests of the merit of such an early rise! One day I will make it.

My 5-7 day tours around Scotland almost invariably include the East Neuk where the villages and scenery offer good photo opportunities.

Elsewhere today, I have been busy with te following prospective tours:

  • A new, small group, ancestry themed tour.
  • Postponement of an already booked tour to a future date.
  • New enquiry for a private tour of the Hebrides.
  • New enquiry for a prehistory themed tour.

Temperature in Glasgow tonight is forecast to get down to minus 5C. Already black ice is evident.

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