* 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