Visit Pittenweem and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Pittenweem, Fife. The picturesque seaport of Pittenweem is a royal burgh with an ancient harbour. The Priory of Pittenweem dates back to the early 12th century, and round it the burgh grew up, a charter being granted constituting the town a royal burgh by James V in 1542. The burgh is built in steep “steps” around the harbour, and at the top of the town are the priory ruins, near the parish church with its tower, which dates from 1592. The houses, wynds, and the harbour have attracted many artists, and some of the fishermen's houses have been restored.
Near the harbour is the cave-shrine of St Fillan, re-dedicated in 1935 after its career of smuggling, since the monks venerated the place where St Fillan is said to have lived in the 7th century.
About 3 miles North West of Pittenweem is Kellie Castle, with its 15th century North tower. The East tower was added in 1573, and in 1606 the two towers were joined by the main block with the South tower being added. In 1878 the castle was rescued from ruin by Professor James Lorimer, father of Sir Robert Lorimer, the architect, who greatly restored it. It was on a long lease from the Earl of Mar and Kellie until 1958, when Sir Robert's son, Mr Hew Lorimer, the sculptor (noted for his “Our Lady of the Isles” at South Uist) bought it. He in turn sold it to the National Trust of Scotland. Of the interior decoration done in the 17th century, one plaster ceiling in the drawing-room is dated 1676 and has the arms of the Earls of Kellie, while another has a magnificent design of vine leaves.
Nearby towns: Anstruther, Leven, Lundin Links, St. Andrews
Nearby villages: Anstruther Easter, Boarhills, Cameron, Carnbee, Ceres, Colinsburgh, Crail, Dunino, Earlsferry, Elie, Kilconquhar, Kilrenny, Kingsbarns, Largo Ward, Lower Largo, New Gilston, Pitscottie, Radernie, St. Monans, Strathkinness, Upper Largo
Have you decided to visit Pittenweem or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Pittenweem bed and breakfast (a Pittenweem B&B or Pittenweem b and b)
- a Pittenweem guesthouse
- a Pittenweem hotel (or motel)
- a Pittenweem self-catering establishment, or
- other Pittenweem accommodation