Visit Cupar and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Cupar, Fife. Rather surprisingly, Cupar and not St Andrews is the county town of Fife. This small but important burgh may have achieved this status owing to its more central and accessible position in the county. Moreover, Cupar used to be the seat of the thanes of Fife, and was the centre of the administration of justice from the 13th century; it became a royal burgh during the late 14th century.
To those interested in drama, Cupar Fife has special associations. Some 2 miles North West of the burgh is “The Mount”, the home of Sir David Lindsay, who wrote the celebrated Ane Satire of the Thrie Estaits, which indeed received its first open-air performance (said to have lasted nine hours) on what is now the playground of Castlehill School in Cupar in 1535. This satire— in which the state of the Catholic Church in Scotland, as well as that of the nobility and the burgesses, is held up to scorn — was, oddly enough, the subject of a command performance before the strongly Catholic Regent, Mary of Guise. There is no evidence that Sir David Lindsay ever left the Church of his baptism, however much he was distressed by the behaviour of the clerics in his time.
“Celebrated” the play remained for centuries, but only among scholars. Then, on the occasion of the first Edinburgh festival in 1947, a cut version was revived and produced by Sir Tyrone Guthrie; only Scottish actors performed in this play, which is in the old Scots tongue. It attracted international attention, and two years later was repeated at the Festival with equally resounding success.
Nearby cities: Dundee
Nearby towns: Auchtermuchty, Falkland, Glenrothes, Ladybank, Leven, Lundin Links, Markinch, Newport-On-Tay, St. Andrews, Tayport
Nearby villages: Abernethy, Balmerino, Balmullo, Cameron, Ceres, Colinsburgh, Collessie, Craigrothie, Crail, Dunbog, Elie, Freuchie, Guardbridge, Kilconquhar, Kilmany, Kilmaron, Kingskettle, Largo Ward, Leuchars, Lindores, Logie, Lower Largo, Luthrie, Monimail, Moonzie, New Gilston, Pitlessie, Pitscottie, Radernie, Springfield, Strathkinness, Upper Largo
Have you decided to visit Cupar or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Cupar bed and breakfast (a Cupar B&B or Cupar b and b)
- a Cupar guesthouse
- a Cupar hotel (or motel)
- a Cupar self-catering establishment, or
- other Cupar accommodation