Back down Kirk Street from the Abbey, is
Erskine Brae, where you can find the Lockit
Well. This was the early water supply for the
Village, that could be turned on and off.
Up Erskine Brae is the Hanging Gardens
Viewpoint. Trees now spoil the view that once
allowed you to look out over the Firth of Forth
The West Kirk / Old
Church is about 1 mile northwest of the Hanging
Gardens following signs. This was the main
Church in Culross from the time it was built in
the 1500s, till the Abbey Church became the
main place of worship in 1633.
The Graveyard at the West Kirk contains a
number of strange Headstones, from a time
Sculls and Bones were used to decorate them.
There has never been a credible reason given as
to why such strange Headstones were
Back down in the Village centre, just east
of the Town House, is the Red Lion Inn, ideal for
refreshments after walking up and down the
steep Braes of Culross. The Inn, built in the
1600s, also serves Pub Food.
Looking down on the west side Car Park, is
Castle. At times, you can visit the Chapel,
Gardens, and Castle Tower. There are signs at
the Entrance by the Car Park when the Castle is
open to the public. You have to walk up from
the Car Park and pay the Gardener/ Tour Guide.
The building seen today was built for the
Erskine family in the 1840s, on the site of an
earlier Castle of Lord Macduff, a prominent
character in Shakespeare's Macbeth.
500s - Culross is said to have been founded
by Saint Serf,
becoming the main port in the area.
900s - the original Dunimarle Castle was
built at Culross for Lord Macduff, Thane of
Fife. Macduff is now
best known as a character in Shakespeare's
Macbeth. Shakespeare has Lady Macduff and her
Children murdered at Dunimarle Castle by
1217 - Culross Abbey was founded by Malcolm
I, Earl of Fife.
1500s - the West Kirk was built as the
1560s - the Reformation in Scotland began
making Catholic Worship illegal, leading to the
destruction of many Abbeys. Some Abbeys were
spared destruction to serve as Protestant
1588 - the Market Cross was erected in
1500s late - Culross Palace was built for
Sir George Bruce, Laird of Carnock. Bruce made
his fortune from Coal Mining and producing Salt
from Sea Water.
1617 - King James VI visited Culross
1622 - the Town House / Tolbooth was built
1633 - the Abbey Church at Culross is used
as the Parish Church after the West Kirk falls
1600s - many women from Culross are accused
of being Witches, locked in the Attic of the
Town House awaiting trial. Those convicted met
a gruesome end, by hanging, fire, stoned, or
crushing. Some women were killed using a
combination of these execution methods.
1840s - Dunimarle Castle on the west side of
Culross is rebuilt for the Erskine Family.
1928 - Culross Palace was uninhabited.
1930s - the National Trust for Scotland
begins work to preserve Culross Village, with
the Palace soon restored to serve as a Tourist
1971 - Culross is used in the film Kidnapped
starring Michael Caine, with many more films
and TV series using the Village from then on,
including Outlander in