Tag Archives: Scotland

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

AnstrutherDSCN4464

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.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Fife, Flying Boats and Sea Planes, Virtual tour of Fife

Diana’s Book Review ~ The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

download.jpgI picked up The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine at Waterstones since it was Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year. Although not a Scottish author, her setting for this and Women of the Dunes, couldn’t be more Scottish, based on the north west coast.

In House Between Tides Libby is left a falling down ruin of a house on a tiny tidal island. As she investigates the possibility of its renovation a body is found rendering the place an unsolved crime scene.

Feelings of the community run high as the island is threatened by redevelopment. The author cleverly reveals truths about the past and as the story begins to unfold she weaves the past into the present in the most unexpected of ways.

I have also read The Women of the Dunes. What a wonderfully evocative cover!

51xbUr0fJxL._AC_UL160_Libby follows the trail of stories from her home in Canada to the Hebrides, tales passed down to her of Ullaness, Ulla the Norse-woman and the chapel, involving intrigue, disappearances and possibly murder.

The past catches up with her as she prepares to bring students on an archaeological dig on this tidal island. Even before the excavations take place a body is found opening up speculation as to the circumstances of this murder from the Victorian era.

Women of the Dunes is a clever weaving of three time periods as the secrets of the past are finally unravelled, but that does not mean that the present is without tensions and danger.

Both books are clever plots with carefully honed characters ~ Much enjoyed and highly recommended!

Leave a comment

Filed under Book reviews, Scotland

Diana’s Virtual Tour of the Fife Coast ~ Crail ~ The Jewel of East Neuk

My first awareness of Crail was as a jigsaw puzzle, the harbour being so full of character with its wee fisherman’s cottages and boats bobbing in the water inside the protective harbour wall.

When you first stumble across Crail you usually park in the village, with ample off the road parking, a neat tree lined street of Georgian elegance.  Crail is best explored by foot and each time you do so you will probably find a different route down to the harbour, from narrow paths and castle walls, to steep cobbled roads. Don’t forget to pop into the museum and also enjoy an ice cream, fish and chips or a snack at one of the cafes. There are many sheltered spots for a picnic too. Just head for the castle walls.

It was such a surprise the first time we visited, peering down from the coastal path as it meets the main road, magical if the sun is shining: reminiscent of Cornwall’s Mousehole.

Who would not be inspired by Crail!

The Healing Paths of Fifea memoir, tells the full story in prose, poetry and fantasy.

Leave a comment

Filed under Fife, Fife Fantasy, Scotland, The Healing Paths of Fife, Virtual tour of Fife