CULROSS

* a cold winter's walk

One day a few weeks ago we headed over to Culross in Fife for a wander. Isn't it funny that there can be places that are readily accessible, yet somehow you never get round to visiting them? Culross is one of those places for us - this trip is only the second we've made, but the village is known for its historic architecture and I was in the mood for taking photos. The Royal Burgh of Culross is described by The National Trust for Scotland, who own many of the buildings here, as "a unique survival, a town that time has passed by. It is the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries." The Town House dates from 1626 and was the administrative centre of Culross with a tollbooth and witches' prison, while the refurbished Palace is even older and dates from 1597. Given my obsession with architectural details, I was in my element.

Buildings like this stop me in my tracks. These windows...

There are also some amazing colours in Culross - all authentic to the period. And the buildings are delightfully wonky. Don't expect right angles. Anywhere.

Needless to say, there are some great doors here.

And I was pretty enchanted when we came across this vintage car...

Cobbled lanes everywhere. We visited on the coldest, windiest day, and yes, the wind whipped up these lanes.

I mentioned colours - you don't get much more colourful than Culross Palace itself. The Palace is closed for the winter so I took this photo peeking in through a gate.

CULROSS PALACE GARDEN

This garden is incredible. It was designed to recreate a 17th century garden, and all the plants would have been grown at that time including herbs, fruit and vegetables, which visitors can buy in season. There are even Scots Dumpy Hens that live in the large enclosure you can see on the right of this photo.

The garden is terraced, so you climb up, and up, and up...

.... and all the way at the top you discover the doocot. And the most amazing view over Culross to the Firth of Forth.

I can't wait to return in spring and experience Culross with a blue sky, and with the gardens in bloom.

I feel the last word should go to the Scots Dumpy Hens, simply for having such a great name. Wish I'd taken a video - these guys were loud!

All iPhone photos edited using #VSCOcam and #SKRWT

  • marij56

    Culross's white houses and lanes remind me of the Village where my father was born...Thorn in the NetherlandsπŸ™...beautiful story Fiona..very atmospheric even in this wintertime..love it!! @copperline

  • copperline

    @marij56 Thanks so much Marij - and for sharing πŸ™ I wasn't sure about this story as most of the photos are so grey, but hey, that's Scotland in February for you! Will visit the garden in early summer as it will look amazing once blooming. I recall you mentioned Thorn - didn't you show me a photo? Yes, very similar.... X

  • marij56

    Sometimes ...grey brings a photo that "extra"...i love that! There are photo's thats someway are *overdone*...thats not to like...people should show the real deal ..i use filters too, but in a very very minimal way! So the grey in Culross is simply perfect!! @copperline

  • copperline

    @marij56 I agree totally. That's part of what I love about your images - you don't over edit. You can overdo an edit and lose the reality so I've not punched lots of extra light in these photos - they are what they are sort of thing....

  • copperline

    @lucygray @eARThCollective @laurainejac @aarontrent @thirteen @sharonbettis @anitaleary @Leah_ @Addison @karimuns @mottski @juliesimms @malonso @ayremull @mike_82 @jensaoleary @khunderson @jordanfoy @jaywilder @pmd Please excuse the mass "thank you!" here but I wanted to say, thanks for sharing, and also, I can't wait to share Part 2 with you. Planning to head back in spring when Culross Palace is open and do a story on the interior - painted woodwork, 17th/18th C furniture. Can't wait :)

  • copperline

    @Steller Thanks so much for sharing this story THREE times! 😳 Am delighted :)

  • copperline

    Thanks for sharing this one @michael_wong :)

  • copperline

    Thanks for sharing this one @derrrk ✌️

  • MarinaSorr

    splendid images! they make me wish to visit this village.

  • copperline

    @MarinaSorr Thanks so much Marina πŸ™ I can honestly say if you're ever travelling round Scotland and get the chance to visit, do it. It isn't a place for shops or cafes - it's a place for wonderful historical architecture....

  • copperline

    @jackeggs Thanks for much for sharing this one Jack - if you get the chance to visit here on your travels, you definitely should :)

  • copperline

    Thanks for sharing this one @Simone_ πŸ™

  • copperline

    Thanks for sharing this story Cj @_cjrodri :)

  • copperline

    @karenoldies Thanks for sharing this story Karen πŸ™

  • copperline

    Thanks for sharing this story @aeisley ✌️

  • copperline

    @OHannahSmith Thanks kindly for sharing this story Hannah ✌️

  • copperline

    @brajohn1 Thanks for sharing this story Brandy, and for the follow πŸ™

  • copperline

    Thanks for sharing this story @Ella Always appreciated πŸ™

  • _cjrodri

    No problem!!!

  • SomeCatherine

    Gret story Fiona! Nice to know more about this part of the world :)

  • copperline

    Thanks Catherine. It's an amazing wee village - there really is that sense of the history oozing from the walls. I'm going back in spring to visit Culross Palace - think 17th and 18th century furniture and painted woodwork... 😳 @SomeCatherine

  • copperline

    Thanks so much for sharing this story @courtnee2495 πŸ™

  • copperline

    Thanks for sharing this story @baileyloseby :)

  • heyfeelix

    That's so nice πŸ‘

  • karoslava

    i like itπŸ™Šβ€οΈπŸ‘

  • jetandindigo

    I love the different textures and colours.

  • copperline

    This really is a fascinating place @jetandindigo - so much history, and the sometimes surprising colours are authentic to the period, which is surprisingly in itself. Planning a return trip to look inside Culross Palace itself.

  • copperline

    Thanks for sharing this one @jordanfoy ✌🏻️ Have 2 stories to edit/publish but armpit deep in new blog edits πŸ™ˆ Stories heading this way sooooon....

  • JoFlemingDesign

    Have just visited Culross myself.....it's so beautiful isn't it! We took the guided walk around the village, fascinating to learn more about the history.....and like you I loved those Scots Dumpy hens, right little characters 😊

  • copperline

    @JoFlemingDesign Love your story Joanne! Lovely to see the gardens in their full glory. We visited out of season and meant to go back over the summer to see the gardens but somehow the weeks slipped by. The guided walk must have been fascinating! Like you I loved the colours - really unexpected. Would love to see inside the Palace too.

  • copperline

    Wow, thank you @Steller πŸ™πŸ»

  • copperline

    Thanks for sharing this story @belatarr :)

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