Why no mention of Culross Abbey surely the most impressive building in the place. Founded in 1217 it is still, remarkably, in use even in its semi ruined state, which is unusual given the savagery of the Reformation in Scotland.
I known Culross (prunounced cuh-ros) well, as it is not far from where I live, and I can say that it has been like that at least for 10 years, well before Outlander. I was there just recently and it doesn’t seem to have changed post Outlander.
I must admit that the bit of Fife West of the M90 is unexplored territory to me, although we once took a “cruise” from Rosyth (the truck ferry to Zeebrugge).
It’s a jewel on the coast, well restored and maintained and we’ve visited a numer of times as NTS members. The terraced garden behind the palace is worth a visit on its own and gives even better views of the Forth estuary. The abbey up the hill is fine too although not focused on tourism. Another Outlander filming location only 40 minutes north east in Fife is Falkland and Falkland Palace is just as worthy of a visit, again with lovely gardens and an ancient enclosed tennis court and run by the NTS.
I am perhaps rare amongst Unherd readers, in that my middle name is Culross. My father, a Scot raised in Edinburgh, gave me this name to honour our ancestor, John Blaw, who made girdling irons (for cooking Scotch pancakes and similar) in Culross. He is, from memory, mentioned in one of the rooms of the ‘castle’. At least thats what I remember from visiting when I was 8.
Culross is lovely and only a short bus ride from other historical sites in Dunfermline.