The abandoned and derelict Priory Campus of Fife College sits between Victoria Road and Kirkcaldy Harbour and comprises a former B-listed building and a more modern building called The Round House. The buildings are in a sad state of disrepair and all windows and doors have been boarded up. The site has also been used as a fly-tipping site with piles of rubbish left by the buildings. The road access from Victoria Road has now been blocked to road traffic. You can walk down this wooded lane to reach the site. There is a small overgrown path with lights at the top of the site just off to the right of the tarmac entrance road which gives you a good view of the Priory House from behind.
The old house, known as The Priory, is a 2-storey, 3-bay Jacobean house with single storey entrance bay. Squared and snecked rubble with ashlar dressings, polished ashlar and harl to single storey bay. Base and eaves courses. Corbelled and crenellated oriel; hoodmoulds and label-stops, stone mullions and moulded arrises.
The Priory was built on the site of St Mary’s House (demolished 1890) purchased by Michael Nairn, floorcloth and linoleum manufacturer, in 1826 from David Landale. The current house (of surprisingly retrogressive style for 1900 but not apparently echoing the earlier St Mary’s) was possibly built as a wedding gift for Michael Nairn’s daughter, but was only inhabited by a family member for a short time after which it became extra office space and included flatted accommodation for staff and visitors. Planning permission for the Gate Lodge, built in 1901 by James Gillespie, was sought by Miss Euphemia Nairn. The Priory is now part of Fife College. (Historic Environment Scotland List Entry)
Walking further down the road towards the harbour you can reach the rear portion of the Dunnikier Union Church with the distinctive small spires.
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