My Home Town, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

When you are born and brought up in your home town you just take the local scenery and buildings for granted as it is the norm for you. It’s only when you perhaps move away and come back many years later that you look at your town in a different light.

Kirkcaldy is located in Fife on the East coast of Scotland overlooking the Firth of Forth.

Having moved to Asia about 30 years ago I have made frequent trips back to Scotland and my hometown of Kirkcaldy in Fife. I realised I have very few photographs of my town and the surroundings so started to take a few photos of some key landmarks in the town.

So here are some nostalgic memories of some key landmarks and locations in and around Kirkcaldy. I must try and capture some more images on my next visit.

Forth Park Maternity Hospital, Bennochy Road – I was born here on 24th January 1957
Forth Park Maternity Hospital, Bennochy Road – I was born here on 24th January 1957
43 Townsend Place – First house where I lived after being born
St. Bryce Kirk, St Brycedale Avenue
Old Kirk Cemetery
Old Kirk Cemetery
Old Kirk
Kirk Wynd
Kirkcaldy High Street from Cupcake Coffee Box
Kirkcaldy Congregational Church, High Street
Kirkcaldy Congregational Church, High Street
Kirkcaldy Town House
Kirkcaldy Town House
Kirkcaldy Town House
Kirkcaldy Town House
Kirkcaldy Town House
Courthouse, Whytescauseway
Station Hotel, Bennochy Road – now converted into apartments
Station Hotel, Bennochy Road – converted apartments now completed
Station Hotel, Bennochy Road – converted apartments now completed
Kirkcaldy Galleries & War Memorial
Kirkcaldy Galleries
Kirkcaldy Station
Kirkcaldy Station
Kirkcaldy Station
Abbotshall Church
Abbotshall Church Graveyard – some family members are buried here
Beveridge Park Main Gate
Beveridge Park and the iconic lion
Yes …. that’s me on the lion when I was a child.
Beveridge Park pond – went boating here
Lambswell Folly, Raith Estate
A view over Kirkcaldy from the Rabbit Braes – walked over here frequently as a child
Graffiti, Templehall
Torbain Primary School – my first school
Torbain Primary School – my first school
Torbain Primary School – my first school
Buccaneer Bar, Templehall
Gallaghers, Templehall – used to be the White Heather Pub in my days
Dunnikier Park Golf Course – I used to thrash round this course in my youth
Kirkcaldy Esplanade
Kirkcaldy Esplanade
Kirkcaldy Esplanade
Kirkcaldy Esplanade
Kirkcaldy Esplanade
Olympia Shopping Arcade, High Street. I used to go shopping here as a teenager to Mentiplays Music Store and Franks Army Stores
Seafield and the old sea wall
Seafield sea wall. Had a few nice family picnics down here
Seafield sea wall
Seafield Tower
Seafield Tower
Seafield Tower
Kirkcaldy Harbour
Kirkcaldy Harbour
Kirkcaldy Harbour
The Harbour Bar
Nairn & Co., The Path
Nairn & Co., The Path
Dunnikier Union Church, The Path
Kirkcaldy from Ravenscraig Park
Kirkcaldy from Ravenscraig Park
Rear view of Ravenscraig Castle
Feuars Arms, Pathhead
Pathhead Cemetery
Pathhead Congregational Church
Dysart Harbour
Dysart Harbour
Dysart Harbour
Dysart Harbour
Pan Ha’, Dysart
Dysart Town Hall
St Serf’s Old Parish Church, Dysart
Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee commemorative cast-iron lamp at junction of High Street, Cross Street and Victoria Street, Dysart


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14 thoughts on “My Home Town, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

  1. My middle name is Kirkcaldy. It was my Mom’s maiden name. Her parents came from Leith and Edinburgh back around 1920 to USA. Didn’t know there was a town call Kirkcaldy till we traveled on a bus tour to Edinburgh and I saw the street sign to Kirkcaldy. Wish I had learned more from my parents and grandparents about my family from Scotland! Thank u for the tour of your town.

  2. Born KDY in 1967 never really appreciate how beautiful my birth town was, thank you for awaking a sense of pride in my forgotten roots.

  3. Aw thank you. I too was brought up in Kirkcaldy but left over 30 years ago. I am still in touch with friends there. You brought back many lovely memories. Discos in St Brycedale’s church being one of them!

  4. As a fellow langtounians I’d like to Thank you for your stunning images of our lovely town of Kirkcaldy.

    I’ve lived here all my life, there were some images that I have never even noticed. You’re talent reflects in your photography.

  5. Thank you so much for displaying these photographs. Left in 1972 for Australia and love walk around when I do come back. Was due to return in June but that’s gone now

  6. Remember all of these places well, although I went to Fair Isle primary myself. Born and brought up in Kirkcaldy, and lived in Dysart for a few years before coming to Germany over 20 years ago. Looks like the shoogly wee bridge across Dysart harbour has gone, sadly.

  7. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of my home town. I have lived in Missouri since 2007 and my American husband looks forward to his first visit to my homeland. I grew up in Templehall and went to Dunearn for a few years.

  8. Thank you for the reminders. I too was born at Forth Park at the end of 1947 and lived in Links St until 53 when we moved to Cumbrae Terrace. Started at St Maries School then soon after moving went to Fair Isle and then Templehall (now housing) Dad helped in the school construction as a Stone Mason/Bricklayer and saw it taken down from his bedroom window. I left Kirkcaldy in 1970 when I joined the Army now reside in Kent.

    1. Are You Elaine’s brother? I lived in Lismore Avenue just along from Cumbrae and I went to school with Elaine, she was working in Carlton last time I seen her.

  9. Wonderful. Born Forth Park May 29th 1951. Emigrated to Canada 1968/69. Not back since 1972.
    Thankyou so much. Will share your photos with my kids. Dad was Andrew Thorburn. Art teacher at KHS.founding member of the Scottish Gliding Union at Portmoak. Hope to see it with my family……next year? Marjorie Thorburn

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