After leaving Clackmannan, we started heading towards the major town of Dunfermline, via the coastal route along the shores of the forth, then out to the North Sea at the tip of Fife, with the first stop in the small town of Kincardine…
Status: Fife, Town, Scotland
Eating & Sleeping: N/A
Attractions: War Memorial, Mercat Cross, Presbyterian Church, Tulliallan Castle etc
We started at the Clock Tower in the centre of the town, which is joined onto the front of Kincardine Presbyterian Church, completed in 1819. Sometime the same century the Clock Tower was added, and the building has now been converted into private flats. What a building to live in! It immediately stood out on the main road into the town, so we just had to stop and having a quick look round.
It almost looks as though the clock was once in the middle of the tower (see the circles between the windows?) as the pyramid type roof was added much later. This could possibly have been due to other buildings growing in height in the area, to make the clock stand out more. It’s also possible that as the building is now flats, the clock was raised to make it less noisy to the inhabitants.
We kept going, and pulled up the high street to find our way back to the main road, and passed the Mercat Cross. Due to the traffic I didn’t get a picture of the Cross, but it dates back to sometime after 1647, as the arms of the Earl of Kincardine are present on the shaft, and the Earldom was only created in 1647.
At the other end of the street is the War Memorial, erected shortly after World War I, and updated after World War II.
Kincardine has changed a lot in the last 100 years, especially with the building of the Kincardine Bridge over the Forth which altered the landscape of the town directly next to the river, and increased traffic flow through it. The new bypass of the Clackmannanshire Bridge in 2008 helped to alleviate this, reducing congestion.
Kincardine once had a small port, but this ceased a while ago, and with the Kincardine Bridge permanently shut (it was once a swing bridge) then large boats can no longer get up the river. The town centre is made up of a lot of old buildings going back to the 17th century, with additions in the 18th and 19th. Modern buildings are few and far between, and the small town has retained it’s old style charm.
It’s an interesting town, and a great stepping stone on any journey in the area. Just outside the town is the Scottish Police College, in Tulliallan Castle (built in the early 1800’s), and is a great local landmark, partially visible from the road. Like in Clackmannan, there are no trains however local buses serve it well, and the Fife Coastal Route for tourists leads through it, and of course the Kincardine Bridge empties directly into the town.
Our next stop was a bit further along the shores of the river, in the historic village of Culross…