Denise Glass visits Crail.
Denise Glass visits Crail for a guided walk. The tour takes in the church, castle and historic harbour and explains both the true history and some of the folklore about the Fife village. Out of Doors presenter Mark Stephen discovers how inspiring Scotland's landscape can be for poets around the country. In this week's Out of Doors, Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith are in the Mearns to mark the 75th anniversary of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's death.
Crail is a town in the East Neuk of Fife.
The settlement dates from as far back as the Pictish period. Well settled by the 800s, Crail was a thriving town by the 1100s and was made a royal burgh by Robert the Bruce in 1310. He also gave it the right to hold markets on a Sunday.
At one time, Crail was the most important sea port in the East Neuk of Fife, a centre for the export of fish, salt, mutton and wool to mainland Europe, particularly Holland.
Crail continues to support some fishing as well as a significant tourist industry.
Fife is one of Scotland’s 32 unitary council areas. It lies between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, and borders Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire.
Prior to 1996, the area was governed under a two-tier system, with a local government region divided into three districts – Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and North-East Fife.
Fife is Scotland's third largest local authority area by population. Almost a third of the population live in the three principal towns of Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes.