Fife -Lower Largo, Scotland
This small and quiet village is the perfect place to stay to discover the Fife area of Scotland.
It's claim to fame is that it is the birth place of Alexander Selkirk, who was the inspiration of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Alexander Selkirk was a sailor who spent four years on a deserted South Pacific Island in 1704, living off the land and domesticating some of the animals. He was rescued in 1709 by a privateering ship called the Duke. The captain on board the ship was amazed how well Alexander was, he was fit and healthy and had a calm way about him.
In 1717 he joined the Royal Navy in Plymouth, but in 1721 while engaging on Anti Piracy patrol around the coast of Africa, on the ship HMS Weymouth, he contracted yellow fever and died, he was buried at sea.
In 1713 his adventures were published, Daniel Defoe then got his inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, the now famous book
There is a statue of Alexander Selkirk in Lower Largo today, of him dressed in goatskin, as he was when found after being four years on a deserted island.
Lower Largo is situated on the Largo Bay. The north side of the firth of Forth.
Right by Lower Largo is Lundin Links Golf Club, which is a links course and was opened in 1868, it was redesigned in 1909 and is now a challenging links course. It is also the course that hosts the final qualifying stages for The Open at St Andrews.
The Lundin Ladies Course is the oldest Ladies golf club in the world it was opened in 1891 and is a 9 hole parkland course, which is ideal for beginners to learn and tune their golf skills.
It is a good place to start the Fife Coastal walk too, which is a wonderful walk around the coast of fife.
Lower Largo, Scotland
Small fishing village in Fife, Scotland
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Fife, The Home of Golf and more
Fife is the home of golf, it has 45 golf courses on its small peninsula, and of course, it is the home of one of the most famous golf courses in the world, St. Andrews. St Andrews is 600 years old and has hosted the Open Championship more times than any other golf club. There are 10 other courses at St Andrews, not counting the famous Old Course. The course and town is always busy, the town is mainly for golfers, but they do have some very splendid cake shops, which you really must try if you get the chance. There are a few gift shops and one or two art galleries, with some old pubs and tea shops to spend the hours if a bit damp!
St Andrews, not only has the very famous golf course, it also sites one of the oldest Universities in the UK. Where not only Prince William went, but also his now wife Kate, along with a host of famous people though out the times. As you wonder around St Andrews town you come across the old university buildings, they are all very grand and worth a look if you like old architecture, mixed in with the Castle ruins and the small narrow streets and an 18th Century harbor is really is a place worth spending the day
St Andrews sites St Andrews Castle, build in 1100 on the rugged coast line, it is now a ruin, but was once a majestic and important castle. In 1200 it became a focal point of the medieval Church. You can take a guided tour or just wonder around the old building and marvel at the workmanship.
Fife is known as the Kingdom of Fife as it used to have several Royal burghs. Dunfermline, which until the 17th Century used to be Scotland's capital, is the Royal burial ground for the Scottish Kings and Queens.
The beaches are sandy and beautiful, and the sea is clear and clean, most being award winning blue flag beaches. The beach stretches for miles and is almost empty apart from the birds, jellyfish and the odd walker. The air is clean and fresh and you can walk happily for miles, although you will possibly need a wet suit if you venture out into the sea, even in the summer it can be quite cool.
There is a coastal path which stretches around the whole coast of Fife is a stunning and spectacular walk for all walking abilities. It is quiet and tranquil, with lots of bird life, a pair of binoculars would be good idea for checking out the birds and seeing if that dark spot in the sea really is a seal, or just a sea gull bobbing on the surface. On a warm sunny day you can get no better. It is for walkers though as we walked 6.5 miles before seeing any signs of life or a place for a drink. So go prepared with water and good walking shoes. If the weather turns you will also need a good raincoat too, even in the summer.
Once we got to the next village (civilization) there were plenty of places to get a nice lunch and walkers are welcome everywhere. The local people are really friendly and if you get lost will point you in the right direction. We went to Elie which is a small town, with plenty of space to walk on the beach or get a drink, hot, cold or alcoholic. On a Sunday the locals make a cricket pitch on the sand and play beach cricket, there is a pub where you can watch and get a hot or cold snack, while enjoying the cricket, or just trying to work out what is going on. There is also yet another golf course which has tennis courts too, it is open to the pubic and is very friendly.
There is plenty of history in Fife, castles, ruins, fishing, beautiful scenery, beaches, boat trips,shopping and of course, Whisky, you can't go to Scotland with sampling the whisky. Although my son did find it difficult to buy an ice cream, He could not find an ice cream shop or van anywhere.
The distilleries in Fife span from the large Diageo, to the smaller, Daftmill. The disappointment is that none of the distilleries offer visitors tours, but you can sample the local whisky in most of the pubs and hotels, my son tried a different local Whisky each night, one which is made only 5 miles from Lower Largo, it is Cameron Brig, single malt whisky, which he had to sampled on more than one occasion..
As well a golf there is the best crazy golf course this side of the Atlantic. It has a pirate theme, it is inexpensive to take a family, they also allow dogs too. I am not a golfer but do love a bit of crazy golf, I have to admit to dragging the golfers here too, which, they did enjoy! Even if they took it slightly too seriously and won..It's only a game....
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Staying In Fife - Lower Largo
We stayed in a large cottage overlooking the sea, which was lovely and well equipped. There are only a few holiday cottages in Lower Largo as it is a small village, but there is the Crusoe Hotel, which is very homely, all the rooms are named after people or places from the Robinson Crusoe book. They have a large family bar, where food is served or the more formal restaurant, the menu is the same whichever you prefer. The bar offers sport on the big screens and dogs are welcome. The less formal bar was where we frequented while in Lower Largo.
The hotel overlooks the sea and is situated in a great location for golfers, being only a mile away from Lundin Links course, St Andrews is about 10 miles, and plenty more in close proximity.
There is a pub which does not offer food, apart from a lunch time toasty, which my son also sampled and said was very good. Both the pub and the hotel have a selection of local whisky and real ales, along with tasty wines and beers.
There is one local shop which sells most things you need, plus tasty warm croissants and rolls in the morning and a few cakes for the sweet toothed.
Lower Largo itself has an artist who has a totem pole and very unusual gate, you can't miss any of it as the village is so small, there is also a small art gallery which sells paintings, drawings and pieces of art made by local artists and is worth a look as some of the art work is very good and nice to take home.
There is heaps of wild life, bird mostly, while running in the morning there were loads of rabbits running and jumping back to their warrens, gulls on the beach flying off in a huge mass, I did forget I was running and just watched the life as I run along the path just above the beach.
Of course Fife is a large area and there are plenty of bed and breakfasts, camping facilities and holiday cottages all over the area.
We stayed at the end of August and the weather was lovely, not bikini weather but T-shirt weather, with a calm warm wind and bright sunshine. The lady at the shop said it had been the best summer for a long time.
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