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Diddled in Fife

Diddled in Fife


Postby litljortindan » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:11 pm

Route description: St Monans - Pittenweem - Anstruther

Date walked: 14/07/2018

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 6.4 km

Ascent: 100m

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Parked up behind the west end church in St Monans on a fine sunny morning.

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From the summer of love.

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St Fillan we just know you have been in there...

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Going up the lane to get the key from the coffee shop.

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Bass Rock

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£2 gets us a loan of the key to the cave...

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Interesting cave with lots of St Fillan related info.

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St Fillan no doubt wandered up and down this very staircase many, many times.

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Here one can almost sense the presence of St Fillan as if he was still here.

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What is that ghostly saint-like silhouette there?

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So happy to have stood in St Fillan's cave.

Filled with imaginings of St Fillan's struggles in the cave we wandered back up to the coffee shop where we handed the key over and thanked the custodian for a very interesting visit. They were happy to hear that we'd enjoyed our visit and carefully explained that St Fillan had never actually been in the cave, just his followers. What?! And that the cave is to be re-named the Mary Magdalen cave next year.
Stunned, we wandered in a daze back down to the Fife Coastal Path. Do we get our two pounds back we wondered...
Well I suppose we could open our garden to the public as St Fillan's garden. He was definitely possibly there in the past. Either him or his followers or maybe Mary.

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Interesting shore but, to be honest, still reeling.

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Bass Rock and North Berwick Law.

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James V really was here obviously because it is completely believable that a Fife woman carried him across a burn for fear of him wetting his hose. Who'd have thought, king and part-time fireman.

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Don't believe this at all however. Surely everyone knows that Neptune is somewhat more than 5mm in diameter.

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Wee window.

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Church, yellow.

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Another likely story. Here lies the original stone coffin of St Adrian that supposedly drifted across from Isle of May.

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Back to the car via bus and a short walk then a quick diversion to Newark Castle.

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Bit of a ruin to be honest.

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Last edited by litljortindan on Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Diddled in Fife

Postby denfinella » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:15 pm

Some lovely pictures of some very pretty villages - it's a nice corner of the country. Thanks for posting!
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Re: Diddled in Fife

Postby litljortindan » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:32 pm

denfinella wrote:Some lovely pictures of some very pretty villages - it's a nice corner of the country. Thanks for posting!


Yes, a very pleasant walk in an unfamiliar corner. May return.
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Re: Diddled in Fife

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:19 pm

After all that fake news, I think that what you really needed was a quick visit to an estabishment of true cultural, architectural and historical interest...
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Re: Diddled in Fife

Postby Sgurr » Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:16 pm

Don't know why you came to Fife to mock. St. Fillan, St. Aidan, Mary Magdelene and King James each brought a bone of St. Andrew to St. Andrews where they definitely/probably/certainly/maybe reconstituted him into one dead saint and ex apostle THEREBY giving Fifers boasting rites over everywhere else than Rome which had somehow managed to acquire St. Peter, and definitely over Santiago Compostella, which only had James .


Nice day for a walk.
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Re: Diddled in Fife

Postby Gordie12 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:52 am

Even if you were diddled this just shows me that I really should slow down (when doing long distance walks) and take a proper look at what is around me (I didn't see half of the buildings you have photographed on your visit).
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Re: Diddled in Fife

Postby dogplodder » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:57 pm

Love these photos of a very pretty coastal area. Seeing them makes me want to go too! :D
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Re: Diddled in Fife

Postby litljortindan » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:15 pm

Alteknacker wrote:After all that fake news, I think that what you really needed was a quick visit to an estabishment of true cultural, architectural and historical interest...
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We were so traumatised we could have spent the rest of the day in there.
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Re: Diddled in Fife

Postby IndigoBlue61 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:02 pm

Really enjoyed seeing these photos of a walk I know quite well, it brought back happy memories, especially of the pub! Thank you 😊
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