A couple of weekends ago we were down south visiting Mr B’s parents in their new home, in Clackmannanshire. It’s not an area I really know much about, as we didn’t venture that way too often when we lived in Fife over 3 years ago.
While Mr B was working away, the in-laws and I took ourselves off for a trip to Culross (pronounced Coo-ris) for a wander round. Somehow we had never made it here before, as on days off we ventured to St Andrews or places in the East Neuk of Fife more often than not. It’s definitely somewhere that you can leisurely spemd a day.
Parking-wise, you can park for free at either end of the village, which is not very big, and actually maximises chances for car-less photos (which is great when you are blogging/want to impress family and friends with your photographic prowess!)
It’s full of striking buildings which preserve the atmosphere of this seventeenth century village. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why the popular series ‘Outlander’ is filmed here (amongst other locations).
We parked at the west end of the village and it was less than a five minute walk into the village square and views of the impressive Culross Palace (NTS property). What’s interesting is now newly built houses and buildings higher up in the village clash against the style of the old buildings. I guess it doesn’t make for as pretty a picture but it does show how time has moved on.
As we took a stroll up the cobbled hill towards the abbey, every view was worthy of a postcard.
At the top of the hill, the abbey (part of Historic Scotland) and grounds are free for you to enter. If you brave the climb (via a steep but sturdy ladder) up into the ruins, you are rewarded with a view across the firth!
Inside the rebuilt abbey was peaceful and sprays of delicate blooms adorn wall fixtures and the lights.
By this time, it was time for lunch and we headed to the Biscuit Cafe, which does the most fantastic hot smoked salmon sandwiches – on brown seeded sourdough, this made my Saturday (good bread + hot smoked salmon = happy Susan)!
The in-laws were big fans of the cups made in the pottery downstairs (the pattern is more easily visible on the jug on the right hand side of the picture above), so these were sneakily chosen and wrapped as their housewarming gifts while they were enjoying their post-lunch coffees.
Easy to get to from Stirling and Edinburgh (< 1 hour), Culross has all the elements of a leisurely day out exploring the history of this pretty burgh.
Other lovely blogs that might whet your appetite for Culross: