Limekilns is a village on the coast, in the East Neuk of Fife. It's
typical of the many villages and small towns in the area, in that it has
a certain quaintness about it with a few crow-stepped
gables, red roof pantiles and all that sort of thing. That said, it's
nowhere near as quaint or charming as, say, Culross, but it is still
fairly charming, perhaps scoring two out of ten on the NCS (National
Charming Scale). There's not, it has to be said, a great deal to do in
the place other than to stand and scan roof-tops for evidence that crows
do use these steps, or to look out for seagulls tap-dancing on grass
(which seagull first thought it could tap-dance like rain and so entice
worms to the surface, that's what I'd like to know). But the whole area
bristles with history. My old Blue Guide to Scotland tells me that in
the mid-twentieth century, in a big house near Limekilns, the sword and
helmet of Robert the Bruce was kept, a fact I find most fascinating.
Where are they now, I wonder?
But the main thing about Limekilns today is that it sits on the Fife
Coastal Path, a stupendous long-distance walking route that can take the
avid explorer from Kincardine all the way to St Andrews, passing though
some of the finest, most atmospheric little towns you will find anywhere
in the world. And while there might not be a great deal to do in
Limekilns itself, it is certainly a place that walkers on this truly
awesome path will pass through, maybe stop for some food and drink, or
rest their weary head.