Looking Up From the Harbour at Crail by Christine Smith

Looking Up From the Harbour at Crail by 

FEATURED in A Place To Call Home 17-01-2013
FEATURED in Canon DSLR 21-01-2013

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO:200, Aperture: f10, Shutter:1/250

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.

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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  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 2 years ago

    How absolutely Stunning Christine!!…picture perfect!!…love the fishing boats!!

  • Thank you very much for both your lovely comment and fave Kate.

    – Christine Smith

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 2 years ago

    Fantastic, the East Neuk has lots of wonderful villages …

  • Thanks so much Tom. That area is back on my list of day trips and I can’t wait to see some more of them in a months time.

    – Christine Smith

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 2 years ago

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

  • Thank you John.

    – Christine Smith

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 2 years ago

    Wonderful work..

  • Thanks so much for the feature in ‘A Place To Call Home’ Lori. I really appreciate it. Cheers, Chrisitne

    – Christine Smith

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Christine Smith

  • BigD
    BigDover 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much for selecting this image for a feature in ‘Canon DSLR’. It’s very much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 2 years ago

    What a lovely place! Fabulous capture Christine!

  • Thank you very much for your kind words and the fave Arfan.

    – Christine Smith

  • Michael Carter
    Michael Carterabout 2 years ago

    Fab composition, Christine. Lovely shot!

  • Thank you for such a nice comment and the fave Michael.

    – Christine Smith

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