Visit Burntisland and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Burntisland, Fife. This royal burgh, now a coaling port on the North shore of the Firth of Forth, is established round its harbour and around Rossend Castle. This last, which was built in the 12th century, and added to in the 14th and 16th centuries, began as the residence of the abbots of Dunfermline and later became a private residence. Mary Queen of Scots stayed there in 1563, and it was the scene of the final arrest of Chastelard, her too ardent but highly poetic young French admirer. He died protesting not so much the innocence of his intentions as the impelling power of his love. Cromwell also stayed in Burntisland after having captured it in 1651. He did not wreak much vengeance on it, for after one shot from his cannon, which knocked out the Provost's shop and house, the town capitulated. The cannon is still preserved.
The parish church of St Columba, 1592, is unique in Scotland; it is a copy of the Old North Church in Amsterdam, being square with an octagonal tower added in 1749. The galleries were erected in the 17th century, with painted guild insignia. In 1601 the General Assembly met here and proposed the Authorized Version of the Bible. Later James VI took the idea south, and it was published in 1611. It is odd to reflect that if the Union of the Crowns had taken place later there might wellhave been a Scottish Authorized Version as well as an English one. The Scottish one would have contained many homely words and phrases now used only by country folk, but then in all men's mouths north of the Border.
Just West of Burntisland is Dunearn Hill, with the remains of a fort, which dominates the pass into the hinterland of Fife; it is a landmark from Edinburgh. There are remains of two periods — an earlier fort and a later circular enclosure.
Nearby towns: Cowdenbeath, Dalgety Bay, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Inverkeithing
Nearby villages: Abercorn, Aberdour, Auchterderran, Auchtertool, Ballingry, Broxburn, Buckhaven, Buckhaven and Methil, Cameron Bridge, Cardenden, Chapel, Crossgates, Donibristle, Dysart, East Wemyss, Fordell, Foulford, Glenrothes, Halbeath, Kelty, Kinghorn, Kinglassie, Kingseat, Leslie, Leven, Limekilns, Lochgelly, Markinch, Methil, Milton of Balgonie, Musselburgh, Pathhead, Pitreavie, Prestonpans, Rosyth, Sinclairtown, St. Davids, Thornton, Townhill, Wallyford, West Wemyss, Whitecraig, Winchburgh
Have you decided to visit Burntisland or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Burntisland bed and breakfast (a Burntisland B&B or Burntisland b and b)
- a Burntisland guesthouse
- a Burntisland hotel (or motel)
- a Burntisland self-catering establishment, or
- other Burntisland accommodation