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The Last Post ~ on Fife for a wee while anyway!

DSCN2405Before ‘virtually’ leaving Fife and its coastal path for a while to return to Bedfordshire (virtually of course) for a very special centenary and some exciting news related to my writing, I would like to share with you some of the wonderful blogs about my adopted home, the Kingdom of Fife.

 

The first is Ben Dolphin’s ‘Walking the Trail’ . Ben is currently writing for ‘The Welcome to Fife’ site which is like a breath of fresh air. The link leads you to his post about walking the newly resurrected Fife Pilgrim Way, which will be opening officially in July 2019. Ben’s description of Culross as a ‘ridiculously cute wee village’ on the Forth shoreline, west of The Forth Bridge, made me smile because it is just that. As well as being such a lovely surprise, the village is steeped in history, myth and mystery; maybe a place to visit mid week out of seasonnow though, due to Outlander fame!

Ben is well worth following on Twitter too, for his wonderful photos as well as articles.

Another must to follow on Twitter if you love or would like to visit Fife, or have an interest in wildlife and photography is David Steel. David, I believe, is currently the curator of The Isle of May, the island in the Forth estuary off Fife Ness which looks much like a whale. For up to date news of the wildlife on the Isle of May, including the delightful puffins, the Isle of May Nature Reserve  blog is well worth reading too.

Watch out for David’s photography courses and his wonderful photos on twitter.

If it’s atmospheric photos of the weather in Fife you are searching for then Simon Swales is the man on Fife Weather. The posts are rare but none the less beautiful for that.

If I have missed anyone important, I’d love to hear from you, either as a comment or email me at diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk.

 

 

 

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Diana’s Virtual Tour of Fife ~ The Coastal Path to St Andrews

Ode to St Andrews

On the cliff top

majestic ruins enhance the blue skyline,

a backdrop of the restless ocean

and endless white sands.

The cathedral’s greatness

living on in the lives of countless pilgrims,

a memory of centuries of worship

and a legacy of spirituality.

A tribute to God.

And yet pilgrims also flock to the greens below,

the hallowed centre of golf.

Revered members

with their grand clubhouse

and fairways stretching

above the ocean and the miles of sand.

A fitting tribute to the skills of man.

(Author Diana Jackson walked The Fife Coastal Path from Queensferry to St Andrews and in her fantasy world she met many famous people along the way.

The Healing Paths of Fife’ ‘is her story.)

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Diana’s Virtual Tour of Fife ~ The story so far

For each book I’ve written so far, a sense of ‘place’ has been vital to my writing. On each occasion I have wished to capture the essence of these locations by writing posts in the form of virtual tours. So far my virtual travels have explored Alderney, Guernsey, Southampton and Bedfordshire, but more recently I have enjoyed sharing the journeys, memories, historical facts as well as fantasies whilst following The Fife Coastal Path reflecting my latest tome, The Healing Paths of Fife. 

Here are links to the journey so far:

DSCN3010North Queensferry ~ the village with three bridges spanning the Forth. Then on to Dunfermline  where Queen Margaret prayed in her cave, in fact, the place which inspired my story. Then along the coast to Aberdour ~ a lovely little coastal town with Silver Sands and Black Sands looking out towards Inchcolm Island and Abbey on the Firth of Forth.

Next is Burntisland ~ very popular as a holiday resort especially in Victorian Britain but now an up and coming place. (although the crowds this Easter suggest a revival) From Burntisland you can look over the couple of miles of sandy beach towards Pettycur with its wee harbour.

Snow at KinghornKinghorn is up the road, and the place which called us home. The site of the beach and the Kirk by the Sea never ceases to make me smile. Along the rugged coastal path takes you to meet the Selkies at Seafield Tower Kirkcaldy 

Then on to Kirkcaldy followed by a gentle walk to Dysart of Outlander fame.

The coastal path undulates from here in the most pleasant way as you pass on to West Wemyss and Wemyss Caves and then through to East Wemyss.

Heading further along the coast and another delightful walk is from Leven to Lower Largo of Robinson Crusoe fame, and next on to a popular area called East Neuk where fishing villages are in abundance, all worth a visit for different reasons. There’s:

St Monans

Pittenweem

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Crail

Cambo Gardens

Finally in my next post I will be taking you to my destination on this walk, to the famous city of St Andrews. A special walk leading to an extra special place.

 

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