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Ruby Bay

Elie & Earlsferry


The tower on the eastern headland of Ruby Bay was built in 1770 for Lady Janet Anstruther, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy Elie merchant and a regular swimmer in the waters around Elie Ness.

Lady Janet would get ready for her swim in a small cave on the beach below the Lady’s Tower. After her swim, Lady Janet would retire to the Lady’s Tower to recover from her exertions – and to ensure there were no unwelcome interruptions to her swim and post-swim relaxation, a servant would ring a bell in Elie to warn residents that it was time for her daily dip.

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