Kirkcaldy

[Kirkcaldy High Street]

Kirkcaldy vies with Dunfermline for the title of the largest town in the Kingdom of Fife. Like many of the coastal settlements on Fife's south coast, Kirkcaldy's historical growth came from fishing, coal mining and salt production. These were followed by something more unusual: the manufacture of lino(leum), popular as a floor covering until a few decades ago. These industries have all now declined but the long, winding high street (with plenty of scope for shopping) remains, giving the place its nickname: the "Lang Toun". There's further interest to the north-east. Following the underused esplanade in this direction reaches a cluster of sites to visit, dotted through old villages now swallowed up by Kirkcaldy. In the area known as Pathhead, Ravenscraig Castle is an unexpectedly substantial clifftop ruin; a little further on is the old fishing village of Dysart.

[Kirk Wynd has some of the town's most attractive old buildings]

Name: Kirkcaldy ★★☆☆
Location (High Street): G.R.: NT 280914 / lame photos palm
Anything else? Central car parking is pay and display, but there plenty of free spaces a short walk from the centre.

[Ravenscraig Castle (April 2015)]
Nearby

>> see separate post for Ravenscraig Castle ☆☆☆ (1 mile away)
>> see separate post for Dysart ☆☆☆ (2 miles away)

[Dysart harbour (April 2015)]

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