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This evening, my theme is the quaint and picturesque fishing village of Crail situated on the Fife Coast.

Firstly, the name Crail has interesting origin deriving from Caraile (from both Scots Gaelic and Irish Gaelic)  meaning rock.

Historically, Crail was an extremely busy fishing and trading port with close links to the Low Countries. This trade pattern remains evident today as manifested in the local architecture with crow-stepped gables and a Dutch-style town-house with a bell featuring a Dutch inscription.

Today, the commercial fishing and trading activities around the harbour have almost disappeared with exception of a small lobster business.

The harbour at Crail is probably the most photographed in Scotland, featuring on countless calenders and postcards. This town is a magnet for visitors. photographers and artists. Other features include  a museum, pottery, a library based in a 16th century Tollbooth, 13th century Collegiate Church and Mercat Cross.

Whenever possible I always include Crail in tours of the east coast when driving up from Edinburgh to St Andrews.

Crail, Scotland

Harbour at Crail

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This evening, I am focusing on tours of Dublin, the first undertaken yesterday by Tour Bus and the other this morning on foot.Yesterday afternoon, we boarded the regular tour bus which took around the following sites:

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  • Departed our pleasant Guest House lodgings at Salmon Leap Farm about 0930.
  • Arrived at Blarney about 75 mins later.Our focus here was the ruined Blarney Castle to see (and kiss) the famous Blarney Stone. The stone is located atop the castle and kissing it is believed to confer a magical eloquence on the person involved. The famous stone is inconveniently located below the castle battlement entailing the visitor being grasped by the feet and then suspended backwards under the parapet to perform the kissing act.

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