Lower Largo and Elie
Twa miles walk along the beach in the snow and I arrive in
the old fishing village of Lower Largo drookit.
has many fishing communities but those of the East Neuk (a
neuk is a corner) of Fife are very appealing.
At Lower Largo I walk through the narrow lanes and find the
statue of Robinson Crusoe outside the cottage where Alexander
Selkirk was born. Selkirks seafaring exploits inspired Daniel
Defoe to write his best selling classic.
Suitably enraptured by the vista I realise that it's Friday
and it's also time for some food and a wee refreshment at
the Crusoe Hotel situated at the Harbour, so I'll just take
a few photies, click, click, hope you like them.
lot of my time is spent standing at bus stops and I get to
meet some characters in some of the shelters. I met this guy
who was living and working in London for a few years and was
complaining to me about the Southerners being ignorant and
treating him as if he didn't exist, so I fiddled with my camera,
ignored him and boarded the No 95 to Elie.
The route to Elie is very pleasurable with its winding
roads through sleepy villages, past the Largo Law hill which
commands breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth, golden
fields of corn and many other visual delights.
I'm dropped off outside Elie church and am amazed how peaceful
it is here and there's hardly a soul in sight - possibly because
it's Sunday and the contents of the grey clouds in the sky
above should drop onto the scene at any minute. So it's a
quick dash down to the harbour for any signs of life and to
shelter from the elements.
has one of the best beaches on the East Neuk and folk travel from
afar to indulge in water sports such as sailing, windsurfing
and water-skiing but today the only seafarer in sight is a
hippy-type character tending to his yacht, named "Curved
Air 5" (the boat not the dude). Far Out!
Scottish folk are always saying "Spring, Summer, Autumn,
Winter in one day" and today is one of those days! It's
actually October, there's sleet pelting down at the harbour.
I'm off for lunch and a little light refreshment at the Victoria
Hotel. Catch up with me as I set off on the next leg of my
journey (when the refreshment has "settled")........................!