Our next home exchange was a wee country cottage in the East Newk of Fife. Near St Andrews, an old university town in the Kingdom of Fife. We had a great time meeting up with my family and visiting the many quaint fishing villages along the east newk. We also had a great night with the neighbours to the cottage who showed us amazing Scottish hospitality. We visited the famous Wemyss Ware pottery and watched local potters at work.
We had a family Sunday lunch at my cousins in South Queensferry. She has magnificent views over the three bridges spanning the river Forth. The newest bridge is still under construction and is nearly complete. I remember walking over the last “new” bridge when it was completed in the mid 1960s.
We took a leisurely drive, stopping frequently, from South Queensferry to North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety, Aberdour, Burntisland , Kinghorn and finally my old home town of Kirkcaldy.
The towns all looked very similar to how I remember them and the river is much cleaner now that all of the coal mines have shut down. Years ago it was common in Kirkcaldy to see people gathering sea coal from the beach to burn for heat. Those days have luckily long gone.