Alexander Selkirk Statue, Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland.

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.

Firth of Forth from Lower Largo

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’.

Crusoe inspired totem at Lower Largo

Lower Largo, Fife.

Beach at Lower Largo.