Limekilns, Fife

Limekilns is a small village on the coast of Fife just east of Charlestown and unlike Charlestown is an old settlement dating back to the 14th century. Limekilns was a fishing village with a large natural harbour and ships from here traded with ports in the Baltic and France till the 17th century.’

The importance of the local limestone became clear quite early in the village’s history, being used both as a fertiliser and for the manufacture of mortar used in the construction of stone buildings. Workings using kilns fuelled by charcoal and later coal to convert lime to quicklime grew up, the product being exported from the port along the east coast of Scotland. Today the only tangible legacy of this industry in village is the name Limekilns. In the 1750s the lime industry transferred a mile or so west along the coast to Charlestown, where the ruins of the massive kilns still exist today.

Walking east from the village along the coast brings you to the ruins of the Rosyth Old Parish Church with an interesting old graveyard. The church dates back to the middle of the 12th century.

After your walk a great suggestion is to visit Coorie by the Coast in the middle of the village which serves coffees, cakes and some great food.

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