St Monans houses, Fife, Scotland

St Monans houses, Fife, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on the attractive small village of St. Monans (also known as St Monance) which is located in the East Neuk of Fife, S.E. Scotland, about thirteen miles south of St. Andrews.

Key facts and information concerning St Monans:

  • Named after an early Christian saint (or missionary) named Monan who was killed by Vikings around AD 875.
  • The Parish Church dates from the 14th century and is located close to the sea. This building featured in the Railway Man film starring Colin Firth. The church is usually open to visitors.
  • Historically, fishing was the main industry. The wealth from this and other trading activities financed building of local houses which feature distinctive local architecture styles and date from the 17th-19th centuries.
  • In common with other sites along this coast, salt panning was an important industry. Close to St Monans is a now defunct, but preserved, windmill used in the 18th and 19th centuries for pumping water used in the salt industry. This building is accessible to visitors.
  • Current population is about 1350.
  • Boat building was an important industry for a couple of centuries, but this ceased in the 1970s.
  • Incorporated in route of the Fife Coastal Path (hiking trail).
  • Isle of May nature reserve is visible from the village.
  • A popular visitor destination offering accommodation and eateries.
  • Invariably included in a tour of the Fife Coast.

Video clip of St Monans Harbour

Harbourside houses, St Monans, Fife, Scotland.

Harbourside houses, St Monans, Fife, Scotland.

St Monans Harbour, Fife, Scotland.

St Monans Harbour, Fife, Scotland.

St Monans Windmill, Fife, Scotland.

St Monans Windmill, Fife, Scotland.

Former boat building yard, St Monans, Fife

Former boat building yard, St Monans, Fife

St Monans Parish Church, Fife, Scotland.

St Monans Parish Church, Fife, Scotland.

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