This evening, I am posting information on the historic village of Lower Largo located on the Fife coast in the east of Scotland.

This village, with its fishing industry heritage, has a history dating back at least 1100 years and probably much longer. It is located in a bay on the north coast of the Firth of Forth ( estuary), a good vantage point for views of the Firth.

Today, Lower Largo is best known for its connection with the fictional Robinson Crusoe, a character modelled on the real world exploits of local man, Alexander Selkirk (1676-1721). ¬†Outside Selkirk’s birthplace on Main Street is a Crusoe inspired ¬†statue. Lower Largo is also home to the Crusoe Hotel.

Other facts and information concerning Lower Largo:

  • Population: 1900 (in conjunction with adjacent Lundin Links).
  • Located 40 miles N.E. of Edinburgh and 12 miles S of St. Andrews.
  • A designated conservation area.
  • Benefits from an extensive sandy beach.
  • Also known for 15th century Scottish Naval commander, Sir Andrew Wood ( 1460-1540), who successfully defeated a hostile English fleet in the Firth of Forth in 1498 and was rewarded for his efforts with a knighthood from King James IV.
  • Well endowed with hotels and other accommodation for holiday visitors.
  • The name is derived from learg which means ‘a sloping hill face’.

Alexander Selkirk Statue at 101 Main Street, Lower Largo

Crusoe inspired carved totem at Lower Largo

Beach scene at Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland

Heart of Lower Largo where Keil Burn (stream) enters the Firth of Forth (estuary).

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