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Situated in the East Neuk (corner) of Fife, Crail is a charming historical port whose harbour is one of the most photographed places in Scotland. For hundreds of years, ships returned to Crail from Scandinavia and northern Europe with hulls full of cargo which were unloaded at the picturesque Crail Harbour. The people aboard left their mark in Crail’s European-styled architecture which features crow-stepped gables, pantiled roofs and outer stairs. In the 12th century, Crail became the first village in the East Neuk of Fife to become a Royal Burgh. This status was essential for commerce but a century later in 1310, Robert the Bruce would seal the medieval importance of the village by granting Crail the privilege of holding a Sunday market. Crail Marketplace grew to become the largest fishing market in Europe. The Mercat Cross still stands here although now it rests on a 17th century shaft. Nearby, you’ll see Crail Tolbooth (1598) which served as the old town gaol and council offices. It sports an unusual weathervane, a copper Crail Capon (smoked haddock) for which Crail was once famous. Conveniently located just next door is the Crail Heritage Centre which also houses the Crail Tourist Information Centre, which is the building shown in this image. John Knox, the preacher, was less than impressed with Crail’s Sunday Market. After listening to a most passionate sermon, residents of Crail were so incensed by his message that they destroyed the beautiful altars and holy images within Crail Church. For many years after the Reformation of 1560, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland tried without success to force a change of Crail’s market to a weekday.


crail, fife, scotland, architecture

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago

    A great capture.

  • Thank you very much Albert.

    – Christine Smith

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture Christine!

  • Thanks so much Roy, for both your comment and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 1 year ago

    Great looking building,awesome brick work

  • Thank you very much Hans.

    – Christine Smith

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    A super place, nicely captured …

  • Thank you very much Tom.

    – Christine Smith

  • EbiEmporium
    EbiEmporiumover 1 year ago

    Wow, such a lovely little village! Nice shot!~

  • Your kind words and fave are much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 1 year ago

    Clicking the image takes you to the group where you can support fellow members.

  • Thank you John.

    – Christine Smith

  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    Wonderful image…………………..Joyce

  • Thank you very much Joyce, for both your lovely comment and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture Christine, excellent light and textures..what a history!!…now I know why I loved smoked haddock, haven’t had any for many years but I still keep my eye open.

  • Thanks so much for both your comment and fave Kate. You also get the best lobsters there as well.

    – Christine Smith

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    My compliments Christine!!

  • Thank you for both your kind words and the fave John.

    – Christine Smith

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