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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 17th-century mercat cross
The fishermen built stone dykes around the drying green at the top of the cliffs to protect their equipment from animals. This combination of words gave rise to the current name of Cellardyke.
Once a centre of the herring fisheries, Cellardyke is now a popular harbour for pleasure boating. The harbour was rebuilt in 1829, and the Town Hall in 1883. The 17th-century Mercat Cross still stands, hiowever, a reminder of more prosperous days.
At the east end of the harbour is a bathing area known as Cardinal Steps after Cardinal David Beaton of St Andrews, who had a residence at nearby Pitmilly in the 16th century.
Address: Cellardyke, Fife, Scotland
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On the A917 coastal road, on the east side of Anstruther
Photo Credit: Jim Bain, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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