Saturday, 3 February 2018
Fife Coastal Path. Kirkcaldy to Buckhaven. Ships, Wildlife, and Castles. Part One.
A trip this time to visit the Kingdom of Fife, a large garden spade shaped peninsula on the east coast of Scotland lying between the cities of Edinburgh and Dundee. Fife is an ancient Pictish kingdom separated from the rest of Scotland by the wide Firth of Forth on its southern flank and the Firth of Tay on its northern shoreline. Although connected to the mainland by a 25 mile wide strip of terrain... sizable deep rivers running far inland in an age before long bridge construction would mean that most commerce or travel taking place would be by boat or ferry. If you lived in Fife before modern road, bridge and rail connections it would feel very much like a proper island and the easiest way then to reach your neighbours worth knowing... for trade or imported goods would be by boat or ferry. Even today that sense of independent island spirit lingers on here and it's still called the Kingdom of Fife. An isolated realm in land terms with its own customs in former times.
Grangemouth Oil Refinery here, near Edinburgh, seen from Fife across the wide Firth of Forth. Early morning haze and steam rising.
http://www.fifecoastalpath.co.uk/ Link and zoom in map here.
A video that seems a perfect fit. I watched French crime drama 'Witnesses- A Frozen Death' a short while ago and really enjoyed it. You could pick holes in the script I suppose but great out of season locations along the French coastline, stylish twists, and unusual set pieces were enough to capture me during its run as a detective and her friend track down an illusive serial killer. This is a mix of scenery as some of it highlights the Devon and Cornwall Coastal Path as well... another long distance route I explored sections of decades ago.