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Selkies, Seals and Seafield Tower ~ Diana’s virtual tour of Fife continues

If there is one chapter of my fantasy ~ memoir ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ that has ended getting me into trouble it is the walk to Seafield Tower!

It happens to be one of my favourite walks, it being closest to home, running along the Fife Coastal Path from just above Kinghorn Harbour, behind the caravan parks and on to winding paths and craggy slopes. Here are some photos. They were taken on my phone and so are not the best quality I’m afraid.

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Kinghorn Harbour

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Back towards Pettycur

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Up and down paths and steps

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To Seafield Tower

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seals on the rocks

… if you can spot them on this picture, but I assure you that they are there!

So why am I in trouble?

Picture this. I am researching places, people, saints and legends as I walk along The Fife Coastal Path, and they abound in plenty. I stumble across selkies; a cross between a seal and a person with magical powers. Each of my chapters reflect on an issue we all face in our lives and my selkie deals with ‘love’. All of us, or most if we are honest, have a lost love or a past love in our lives and, however happy we are with the present, at times we need to let go. As a writer I loved the symbolism and it allowed me a huge amount of creative licence.

And so, if you are a man I know down south please, please don’t think this chapter is about you because it isn’t. There are no other men in my life other than my husband and  my father at present, so if you know me if Fife then please don’t ask, ‘who is the other man?’

After all, you didn’t ask me if I really spoke to St Margaret did you? Tell a lie, one friend did! tee hee hee 🙂

There’s a better photo of the seals on my video on you tube if you’d like to watch it.

If you continue further to Kirkcaldy, about three miles, the walk along the sea front is pleasant too and you could walk on to Dysart. (my last post)

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Kirkcaldy sea front

 

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Diana’s Virtual Tour of The Kingdom of Fife ~ Dysart of Outlander Fame!

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Dysart is one of the locations of the popular series Outlander, which I’ve only just started watching on DVD. It is my Tuesday evening treat when my husband is out at Rotary!

We discovered Dysart fairly early on during our first stay in Kinghorn by following the sign to The Harbour Master’s House from the main road; the scenic route of The Fife Coastal Trail. The building is seen in the photo above on the other side of the wee inner harbour, which was once a haven for ships carrying salt and coal.

The Harbour Master’s House is now a cafe bistro (aptly situated on Hot Pot Wynd) serves mouthwatering home made soups, but it is also the home of The Fife Coastal Path’s information centre; a room with a wealth of photos and resources informing you of the flora, fauna, history and geology of the area. It was there I discovered that Kirkcaldy, a mile or so away, is on the same latitude as Sweden. For an English person this seemed remarkable.

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The whitewashed restored cottages are a sign of Dysart’s former glory, in front of which you can follow The Fife Coastal Path further eastwards towards West Wemyss. You may walk along tiny Wynds (a path which winds!) and admire the Crow – stepped gable ends on the houses.

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If you return to the harbour, follow the path around the inner and outer harbours and then through a tunnel, your path will meander in woodland and out beside walls of fortification. These command views towards Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn, Pettycur and the shores of East Lothian if the weather is clear. The history of this landscaping which incorporates Ravenscraig Park is described comprehensively here.

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This path will take you to Kirkcaldy, where old contrasts with new as Ravenscraig Castle comes into view alongside the three towers, familiar as a landmark from as far away as North Berwick on the southern estuary of the Forth.

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Dysart stands alone as a place to visit and while away a couple of hours, but it is also strategic on The Fife Coastal Path for refreshments, a comfort break and interest. It is also the home of the church where food parcels are made up for the Kirkcaldy Foodbank. It may seem a sleepy little place but there is much if you delve beneath the surface.

 

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Kinghorn ~ Diana’s Virtual Tour of the Kingdom of Fife

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My first memories of Kinghorn were looking over the Braes down to Kinghorn Harbour.

 

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The Village Show in August 2013, admiring the lengthy carrots and mouth watering scones and sponges, not to mention the vibrant village atmosphere, coincided with our second visit.

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We also enjoyed a warm welcome at The Wee Shoppe, a place we still frequent for a cuppa, blether and an occasional toastie. Mind you, these resilient folks can sometimes be out in inclement weather and they’re still smiling 🙂

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I have such happy memories of New Year’s Day when the hardy folks of Kinghorn go in for a dip at The Loony Dook in aid of The Lifeboats.

When the sun is shining down on this sheltered bay it is possible to bask in its warmth twelve months of the year, and we do!

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Kinghorn became our temporary home for a year but we did not notice the gradual capturing of our hearts, even when there’s an icing sugar coating of snow which happens very rarely.

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It took a wee while to realise that one day we would call Kinghorn our home.

As in many parts of Fife, the industries of Kinghorn are long gone ~ a tannery, linoleum manufacturer and boat builders to name but three. Today small businesses thrive and the High Street has a variety of busy shops including arts and crafts at The Sea Witch and The Dragon’s Den, a dressmakers and many cafes and pubs, including the recently reopened Harbour View. (Known locally as the Carousel due to connections with the fair ground trade I believe.) The Station Gallery is well worth a visit on a Saturday morning too. In fact, we are a creative lot here in Kinghorn. Look out for the ever popular Round the Horn where people open up their houses to show off their work.

(Author Diana Jackson enjoys researching social history and this inspires her writing. Her latest release ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’, a fantasy / memoir, reflects her growing love for the Kingdom of Fife.)

 

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