I had never explored the small village of Culross in Fife and of course now with the popular Outlander TV series its popularity has been significantly boosted. So I decided to take a walk there, explore the streets of Culross and the historical buildings and then take a circular route aroud the outskirts of the village.
Culross sits on the Forth Estuary and looks directly over to Bo’Ness and Linlithgow. The weather was sunny and the sea was like glass when I took the walk and there were scenic views from the small pier in front of the village.
Starting at the Culross west car park it was a short walk into the centre of the small village and the main square at The Tron. Closeby was Culross Palace with its brightly yellow painted walls. The palace is currently closed to the public. I wandered the small cobbled steets running up the hill and found the Mercat Cross. The old buildings were incredible and they have all been maintained to a very high level. There were numerous narrow cobbled alleys and wynds branching off the streets making for interesting exploration.
Following the steep cobbled Kirk Street up the hill I reached Culross Abbey which is a fabulous old ruined abbey with an interesting graveyard at the rear.
From Culross Abbey I continued up the hill then headed left along a track in a westerly direction which took me on a wonderful walk through wooded areas and fields above the village. I followed the signs to West Kirk which was a most interesting old ruined church and graveyard with some incredible old gravestones.
Further west from West Kirk following the same path you eventually reach the Plague Grave which is a burial site of James Bald’s 3 children who all died on the same day on September 24th during the 1645 plague that ravished the country.
Dunimarle Castle & St. Serfs Chapel
Heading back east along the same path I then turned south and headed back down to the coast passing Dunimarle Castle and St. Serfs Chapel before heading back to the west car park.
This is a wonderful circular walk covering historical Culross, Culross Abbey, the woodlands and fields to the north of Culross, West Kirk, the Plague Grave and Dunimarle Castle. Highly recommended.
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