This was my trip to Crail last week,….alas the sun was not shinning and it was a little muggy but at least there was nor a rain drop in sight..
This is about 1 1/2 hours from me by bus …thank goodness for my free old age bus pass.
This is what met me as I alighted .
CRAIL…or as it was once known, Karel ….was thought to be in existence at the time of the Picts …(early Celtic Medieval times)…it was a Trading and Fishing port in the 12th Century …and held the largest Market in Europe at the Market square.
Burghs were created in Scotland from the 12th century. They had the right to hold markets, levy customs and tolls and this was the original use for the Tollbooth shown above (the building with the tower).
Robert the Bruce, when King, gave it Royal Burgh status in the early quarter of the Thirteen hundreds and this entitled it to have an elected council led by a Provost and Baillies (civic officers) who also acted as magistrates over local crimes. The Tollbooth housed accused criminals awaiting trial, and debtors. It also was where public punishment took place, having stocks and whipping posts outside and occasionally it was the place of execution resulting in the displaying the severed head.
I stopped at two eateries ….firstly, morning coffee at Julia's Café on the High Street
....all walls were festooned in art work … and the tempting home baking made it hard to choose …I went for Lemon and Poppy seed scones ….and was not disappointed.
I chose a quiet time …but by the time I left it was full.
Lunch was at Crail Harbour Café …on the way down to the Harbour.
….although the actual wood smoked salmon was wonderful the salad was boring and I hate crisps with a meal…the view from my table and the friendly staff made up for it though.
Crail Harbour is surrounded by 17th Century houses and cobbled streets making it a popular spot for artists to sit and create.. …shame it was low tide.
I had a lovely chat to this lady who was part of a group of artists who meet regularly at the harbour ...she had been up at 5am to capture the sun rise in a Water colour ...the colours she had used were beautiful.
Lobsters and crab are still landed at Crail …. and I love seeing the baskets piled up on the cobbles.This final shot is a little bit of a mystery …apparently there is no remaining evidence of the original castle and I cant find anything about a fort so what is this turret and wall, high up on the cliff ….maybe I need a visit to the Crail Museum and ask.
There’s a lot more to see ... and history to research ... so I think I need to go back …and sample more scones of course.
Hope you enjoyed my day out
Take Care xx