Culross – The Royal Burgh

The Royal Burgh of Culross village is around 12 miles west of the Forth Road Bridge. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Royal Burghs were generally sea ports with a thriving community and flourishing trade. I wasn’t expecting much out of this coastal town with an industrial landscape but it was a pleasant surprise.


It is the best preserved example of a 17th and 18th century Scottish town. The old buildings and cobbled streets of this Royal Burgh transported us into the domestic lives of the 17th century Scottish town.

There is even a 17th century model garden recreated behind the Culross Palace displaying a range of plants including vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, fruits and shrubs. There is an unmistakable aroma of herbs in the air around the palace gardens.

The village looks across the River Forth to oil refineries. The village is the closest thing to a 16th century village all due to the efforts of the National Trust of Scotland that has been working with Culross to conserve its historical past.

The Culross Palace restored to its original mustard yellow render and wooden shuttered condition
The Mercat (Market) Cross has a unicorn on top. (Did you know Scotland’s national animal is Unicorn?)
What sets Culross apart is its stunning buildings and narrow wynds (A typical Scottish word ‘wynd’ referring to a ‘winding’ street)
The Palace Garden
The Palace Garden



Another example of the stunning buildings
Another example of the stunning buildings
View of river Forth
View of river Forth

7 thoughts on “Culross – The Royal Burgh

  1. Been there Maddie ! Did you visit the abbey ? It was so mystical ! So grand and yet so old.
    There is the grave of Sir George Bruce and his wife, Beside them are the kneeling statues of their 5 sons and 3 daughters . On the other side of the abbey is the old church in ruins.
    Also, It was interesting to find that the actual Cross at the town square which was later replaced by the unicorn was inside the abbey.
    Loved the palace gardens too…
    Culross will stay in my memory for years to come.

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