Culross is a really charming village in Fife, Scotland. A former royal burgh and parish, the village has a population of around 400. Culross was once a bustling industrial centre of the coal mining and salt panning industries during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and many of its buildings are from this era. Originally it is believed that a religious community was founded here by Saint Serf during the 6th century.
The building above is surely one of the most picturesque in the village.
The National Trust for Scotland is involved in the conservation of this historic place and owns several of the buildings.
Stepped gables and outdoor stairs to the top floor are very typical of houses in this area. I was told the reason for the stairs was that animals were kept on the ground floor but I can’t quite believe that, looking at the style of the ground floor windows. Perhaps they were two separate houses.
Above, the incongruous appearance of a petro-chemical works can be seen from the village.
Of course every sweet well kept village has its share of doorstep flowers.
I was slightly surprised at the red roof tiles but then I read that it is thought that the collier ships carried them on return from Holland as ballast, and that’s how they were introduced to the area.
This building above and below is known as Culross Palace – not actually a royal palace, it was built by a very successful merchant, Sir George Bruce, the Laird of Carnock, between 1597 and 1611. James VI is believed to have visited in 1617. It is open to the public and there is a cafe there, which I didn’t manage to have time to try.
Getting a bit out of date now, the above two notices were displayed on either side of someone’s front door, giving a flavour of local sentiment.
Culross Abbey was founded in 1217. The monastery is now a ruin but the remaining part of the building is used by the Church of Scotland as a local Parish Church.
This village has been a film location for several films, not surprisingly, the most recent being the popular TV series Outlander.
There are other notable buildings but I have lost several photos.
The name Culross is generally pronounced Cooriss locally.
These photos are from June 2019. I have more Scotland photos to come. Do come back again. Thanks for visiting.
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