Culross in Fife

day trips from Edinburgh

Why should you visit Culross?

Located on the Firth of Forth,  12 miles west of the Forth Rail Bridge on the south-west coast of Fife, the Royal Burgh of Culross is one of Scotland’s best preserved 17th-century villages.

1) Culross is one of the Outlander filming locations…

If you are a fan of OutlanderCulross (actually pronounced ‘coo-ris’ not ‘cull-ross’) is the base for the fictional village of Cranesmuir, where the buildings around the Mercat Cross square were painted blue for filming.

Parts of the village, including the Palace, are now owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, who are doing a very good job indeed of keeping the village as a perfect snapshot of a 17th-century Scottish village, albeit one that has been modernised and cleaned up for the 20th century.

2) Culross Palace

Despite Culross proclaiming itself a royal burgh with its own Palace, no king or Queens has ever lived in Culross. The honour of the name actually comes from a descendant of Robert the Bruce; a wealthy local mine owner, known locally as Sir George. 

By developing a magical (well it was revolutionary at the time) under the Forth mining technology, he made rather a lot of money and built up the village you can still see today. The ‘Palace’ was his rather impressive home. King James IV, seeing taxes galore, promptly made the village a Royal burgh. 

3) This impressively hidden substation


There are few place in Scotland that don’t benefit from a little sunshine to brighten things up, but the village of Culross, in Fife is not one of them. This historic burgh seems to suits the winter weather, the characterful buildings and winding streets seem to hunker down against the lashing wind.

Getting to Culross by public transport

Catch the train to Dunfermline, where Stagecoach run buses that pass through the village (Numbers 71 and 78 depart from James Street in Dunfermline, whilst number 74 departs from Dunfermline bus station)

Where to eat in Culross

Toasties and soups are served at the Biscuit Cafe (above the Pottery Shop in the picture above). Food is also served at The Red Lion & at the Palace Cafe in summer.

Love from, Scotland x

How to visit Culross

More Outlander filming locations 


  • Gwen - shuttersandletters 21/02/2016 at 9:48 pm

    Oh, I do love a National Trust trip – definitely one to add to my summer list!

  • restlessjo 22/02/2016 at 6:31 pm

    I keep having to correct the pronunciation in my head every time I read the name, Smidge. 🙂 Funny how hard it is to dislodge habits. It’s a beautiful looking place and I’ll certainly pop in if I get up that way in the Summer. Thanks a lot for the share. 🙂

  • laretour 22/02/2016 at 8:40 pm

    Lovely post and great photos! My great-grandparents lived in Culross and I shamefully have only visited once. It’s right on my doorstep now so I have no excuse! Hope you’re well x

  • Packing my Suitcase 23/02/2016 at 2:15 pm

    I loooovee villages like that!! Your photos are soo pretty.
    I am a fan of Outlander haha great to know it was filmed also in Culross 😀 I hope to visit it someday!

    Thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes 😀

  • Our Seaside Baby 24/02/2016 at 9:29 pm

    What a beautiful village, love the colour of the houses. I wonder what they are like inside? Great photos. Thanks very much for linking up to #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

  • Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor 29/02/2016 at 7:45 pm

    Lovely pictures – such a nice reminder of my time living in Scotland!

  • justmeplease_travel 07/03/2016 at 11:46 pm

    What a pretty little village. It looks very damp and cold!

  • Edinburgh sketcher 10/01/2017 at 4:56 pm

    Lovely post, I visited Culross for the first time last autumn and it truelly is a magical place. Here is a link to my sketch of one of the buildings you show above. All the best 🙂

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