The Only Crail in Crail

The past few days, I visited Crail, Scotland.  Clearly, this was a very cool bucket list type moment for me.  Crail is a tiny, fishing village on the East Coast of Scotland, in the kingdom of Fife.  For you geo-geeks, click here.

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I stayed at a really cute B&B called the Honeypot (where else would a Bee stay?), where the owners, Graham and Edna, took the best care of me.  Edna bakes the BEST scones in the world.

Potato Leek Soup with a fresh cheddar scone
Potato Leek Soup with a fresh cheddar scone

This picture makes me really happy, because the table cloth is the same print that the curtains in my Albuquerque house were in 🙂

Eggs and bakey!
Eggs and bakey!

I personally think there is nothing better in the world that a REAL egg. You know, one that comes from a chicken that doesn’t live in a pen.  An egg where the yolk is bright orange instead of that weird yellow-ish orange yolk that you get from store bought eggs.  And bacon that doesnt come in uniform slices… because it’s just cured meat, and not weird nitrate chemical crap.  *Steps off soapbox*

Fresh baked cherry and vanilla scone
Fresh baked cherry and vanilla scone

Besides the fact that this is the first time I’ve had a room to myself since I left the farm, and the first time I’ve had my own bathroom since I left home, this place was like heaven on earth.

So, let’s talk more about the city that gave me my name! Crail was originally Caraile, deriving from ‘carr’ and ‘all’, which both means rock.  Moral of the story, I’m solid as a rock.

A 9th Century "Rock"
A 9th Century “Rock”
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The Lobster House

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The coastline, looking down towards the Crail links
The coastline, looking down towards the Crail links
Crail Bookstore!
Crail Bookshop!

The village of Crail was started in the 12th century.  The west peir was designed by Robert Stevenson, the author Robert Lewis Stevenson’s grandpa (now aint that something!). In the summer they sell fresh lobster at the harbor.

Crail Harbour
Crail Harbour

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Everyone in the village was super friendly, and some were very impressed with my last name.  Apparently, there aren’t any Crail’s in Crail. Well, except for this guy.

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David Phillip Baker Crail, presumably a dead relative, and the only Crail I could find.
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Crail Church

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One day, I spent the afternoon playing on the rocks while the tide was out, and then watched the tide come in. It’s actually surprising how quickly the tide comes it.  It was really lovely.

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Dark and ominous
Beach Selfie, please excuse my "it just rained on me and it's really windy out here" hair
Beach Selfie, please excuse my “it just rained on me and it’s really windy out here” hair

Graham, the owner of the B&B, is also one of the organizers for the Crail Food Fest, and he introduced me to a beer that was originally created for the fest last year, but became a hit, so it stayed around.  I love that the town of Crail is dedicated to local and sustainable products!!

Crail Ale!
Crail Ale!

I <3 Crail

Don’t we all?

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