In the middle of the industrial region around the upper tidal River Forth lies a small town almost unchanged from the 17th and 18th centuries. Welcome to Culross (pronounced Coo-ross): a picturesque jumble of narrow cobbled streets and historic buildings, many preserved by the National Trust and unique in Scotland. The easily accessible location in the centre of Scotland attracts tourists in large numbers, and crowds and guided tours can make the place seem more like an outdoor museum than a living community at times. But most visitors don't explore far beyond the centre. Head up the steep hill towards the abbey for some peace, quiet and more views over the estuary.
|[Culross Abbey (foreground) and Abbey Church (background)]|
Name: Culross ★★★☆☆
Location (free car park, 5-min walk from the centre): G.R.: NS 983858 ///topic.charities.safe
Within walking distance
Name: Culross Abbey ★★☆☆☆
Location: Kirk Street, 5-min walk steeply uphill from the village centre, G.R.: NS 989862 ///enchanted.subject.bottled
Description: Ruined 13th century monastery, partially built over and incorporated into the later (still used) Abbey Church, which is itself worth a look inside if open.
Name: Culross Palace & Garden; Townhouse; Study ★★★☆☆
Description: Striking yellow merchant's house with terraced gardens behind, plus various other key buildings preserved in their original state.
Location (palace): Village centre, G.R.: NS 986860 ///storage.attic.acclaimed
Open (2018): Palace: daily, late March to October. Townhouse & Study: often run when palace is open, but check official website for specific times. Garden: daily, late March to October; weekdays, November to late March
Cost (2018): Palace & Garden: £10.50 (adults), £7.50 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members. Town tours (including Townhouse & Study): £3, or £2 for National Trust for Scotland members
|[Views of Grangemouth oil refinery from the sea front remind you of the heavily industrial surroundings]|