Fife Folk Museum – Ceres

Last summer we visited the Fife Folk Museum in Ceres for the first time, it’s a hop and a skip from where we live and it seems that we all tend to overlook those nearby places. I had been under the impression that I had already blogged about it, but it seems that blogpost didn’t get further than inside my head! It’s just a wee museum but is still worth a visit. I presume that most of the exhibits have been donated by locals.


Interior, Fife Folk Museum, Ceres

Cottage Room

Cottage Room, (Kitchen off,) Fife Folk Museum

Cottage Kitchen. I really like those lipped boards that women used for rolling out their pastry, it would have kept all the flour and mess to a small area instead of it flying all over my worktops.

Cottage Kitchen, Fife Folk Museum

Horse Tack

Horse Tack, Fife Folk Museum

Toys, Fife Folk Museum, Ceres

Doll’s House, Pram and Dolls. I must admit I fancied that doll’s house, not for playing with, just to admire it.

Dol's House, Pram and Dolls, Fife Folk Museum

Baby Carriages

Baby Carriages, Fife Folk Museum, Ceres

The Corn Dolly Coronation Coach and horses was made by a local, it has survived really well. Obviously when we were there in the summer the popular cafe wasn’t open, due to Covid restrictions but I have seen it packed with people in the past when we visited the village so maybe we’ll go there sometime when/if everything is back to normal.

Corn Dolly Coronation Coach Fife Folk Museum

The Pilgrim Way at Ceres in Fife

A new long distance walking route is being publicised by Fife Council, I say new but as The Pilgrim Way was used by Catholic pilgrims on their way to St Andrews, long before the Reformation, it’s a very old route.

The Pilgrim Way is 70 miles long, so we just walked a wee bit of it yesterday, from Ceres up the Waterless Road towards Kennoway. You know you sometimes see signs on roads which say – last petrol for 20 miles – well the naming of Waterless Road is the mediaeval equivalent I suppose, a warning to travellers to stock up on water for themselves and animals as there is no drinking water on the route.

Waterless Road

The aconites are poking up through the leaf litter and the area has plenty of snowdrops too. Snowdrops were associated with the virgin Mary so they have probably always been here since the times when this route was used by pilgrims.


Just a bit further up the road it’s all fields as you can see, they’re a bit boggy after all the rain. The landscape isn’t that great at the moment, in the summer it looks lovely when you look over in this direction from Hill of Tarvit House.

landscape  in Fife

And the white house in the photo below is Hill of Tarvit House, which you can see in a previous blogpost here if you’re interested.
landscape and Hill of Tarvit House

Then as we didn’t want to walk the five miles to Kennoway we just walked back down the road which leads back to the car park at Ceres, a wee village which has the claim to fame of having the oldest free Highland Games, they’ve had them every year since 1314 (apart from during wartime) when Robert the Bruce gave them a charter allowing them to have the games, in recognition of the village’s support at the Battle of Bannockburn. The photo below is of the field where the games still take place.

Village Green

When the weather is a bit warmer we’ll definitely be walking more of The Pilgrim Way which stretches from Culross to St Andrews, and if you were thinking that going on a pilgrimage was something terribly serious, think again. Pilgrimages were the only time that most ordinary workers could get away from work and home, so they were an exciting time where you were likely to meet strangers, fellow pilgrims and be away from the ever watchful eyes of family, neighbours and friends. Apparently it was common for young women to end up in trouble, having a pilgrimage pregnancy. Poor souls, they didn’t have much fun in life.