Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland

Lower Largo

I’ve been visiting quite a few places along the Fife coast of Scotland, doing a bit of beachcombing, really looking for sculptural bits of driftwood to add some interest to the new garden. It hasn’t been as successful as I had hoped, I suppose because the weather has been so calm, recently, the sea isn’t flinging much back at us. Anyway, above is a photo of a bit of the beach at Lower Largo, it used to be a fishing village, before that industry was decimated, now the boats are just small pleasure craft.

Lower Largo

These flats are right on the edge of the beach. I don’t know about you but that doesn’t appeal to me at all. A lot of people are obsessed with having a sea view, especially if they’ve grown up near the sea. But I don’t know how they can ever sleep on stormy nights, and there are plenty of those in a year. Also the sand gets into the houses, that would drive me nuts.

Lower Largo

The photo above is of the most bustling part of the village, because that’s where THE shop is. It doesn’t look too hot in these photos but it was hot, in fact we both got ice cream cones from the shop – or as we call them in Scotland – pokey hats. As you can see there’s a viaduct there but no trains go over it nowadays. In the good old days before Dr Beeching’s savage cuts to our rail services this would have been a busy line, filled with holiday makers and tons of freshly caught fish must have been packed onto trains, heading for the big fish markets in Glasgow and London.

Lower Largo

Standing on the same spot I turned slightly to my right to take the photo above, it’s of the Robinson Crusoe Hotel, named that because the man who inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe came from Lower Largo. His name was Alexander Selkirk and you can read about him here.

6 thoughts on “Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland

  1. Lovely photos. growing up in Florida the house was always full of sand and I hated it! I love to visit the sea but don’t want to live on it. Give me a lake or a loch anyday!

  2. I’d like to live on a hill overlooking the sea, maybe a harbour, but not right by the beach! Tarbert on Loch Fyne is an example! However there must be hills, a river or loch in the equasion – how DO you spell that word? – too! I don’t think I have ever been right into Lower Largo, though I have passed by the statue of Alexander Selkirk/Robinson Crusoe, on a building on a bend on the main road, many times. I like the look of the village and glad they kept the viaduct. So many have been demolished since Dr Beeching closed the lines. There’s one in Cullen, Banffshire, I like too It must have been great steaming over these viaducts so near the sea. What views!

    • Evee,
      I love viaducts, they always look so elegant to me. Largo beach isn’t nearly as good as others around Fife, such as Ely, St Andrews or Aberdour but still quite a nice walk. Any hill I had a house on would have to be very solid, unlike those cliffs in England which were all crumbling into the sea this time last year – houses and all.

  3. I used to think I would love to live in a cottage overlooking the sea, and I have often spent holidays in very quaint cottages in Galloway which have fabulous sea views. However, after last year’s horrendous storms I think, like Evelyn, maybe a cottage higher up with no danger of flooding!
    Good luck with your search for driftwood, judging by the prices they charge in garden centres I think there must be a very lucrative trade in driftwood!
    Love how the sunhouse is coming along – can’t wait to see it once it’s painted inside.

    • Linda,
      We once rented a house above Loch Broom in Ullapool for a week and it was lovely, I could quite happily have lived there. After all that flooding last year we were very careful to make sure that any houses we were viewing weren’t too near rivers, the sea or built on flood plains, that really narrows down your choice.
      I had no idea that they were selling driftwood in garden centres, obviously I’ve been concentrating on plants. I did see rocks for sale, people living near beaches tend to snaffle the odd thing like that – just now and again!

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