Visit Crail and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Crail, Fife. The most easterly of Fife ports, Crail is a fishing town situated on a rocky coast. It is a highly picturesque little village in itself and has a fine view of the Lothian coast across the Firth of Forth to the South. Many artists come here.
Crail burgh was an important trading and fishing port until the 17th century, when it suffered a mercantile setback coupled with an attack of the plague. In the 18th century it was the haunt of smugglers, but in the last century it revived as a holiday resort for Edinburgh people. It still has some crab and lobster fishing.
The parish church dates to the late 12th and early 13th centuries, but it is much altered. There is an 8th century Pictish cross slab inside the church, and another one set up in the Victoria Gardens. The tolbooth is partly 16th century, the upper part having been added later. It has a Dutch bell with the date 1520 and a gilded copper salmon for a weather-vane.
Crail's wide, tree-lined Marketgate contains many small l7th century houses. There is a scheme in operation by which the National Trust for Scotland buys, restores, and sells these houses gradually. The castle walk above the harbour gives views of St Abb's Head in the far East of Berwickshire.
Nearby towns: Anstruther, Cupar, St. Andrews
Nearby villages: Anstruther Easter, Boarhills, Cameron, Carnbee, Colinsburgh, Dunino, Elie, Earlsferry, Kilconquhar, Kilrenny, Kingsbarns, Largo Ward, Pittenweem, Radernie, St. Monans, Strathkinness
Have you decided to visit Crail or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Crail bed and breakfast (a Crail B&B or Crail b and b)
- a Crail guesthouse
- a Crail hotel (or motel)
- a Crail self-catering establishment, or
- other Crail accommodation