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St Monans


The ruins dominating the high cliffs between Elie and St Monans date back to the 13th century, when the young King Alexander III of Scotland lived in a castle on this site. However, by the 15th century, the king’s childhood home had been replaced by a grand property that would become home to one of Fife’s wealthiest families, the Anstruthers.

Unfortunately, Newark Castle didn’t stand the test of time and after Lord Anstruther sold the castle, it was left to crumble. In the early 19th century, the Glasgow shipping magnate and art collector William Burrell had plans drawn up to restore Newark Castle – but the then-owner refused to sell and the once-majestic castle gradually became a dramatic clifftop ruin.

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