In pictures: East Neuk of Fife over time

Once known as Inverin or Inverie, St. Monans takes its name from the legendary Saint Monan. The original jetty is recorded as early as 1590 and the harbour extensively rebuilt in the 1880s.
Once known as Inverin or Inverie, St. Monans takes its name from the legendary Saint Monan. The original jetty is recorded as early as 1590 and the harbour extensively rebuilt in the 1880s.
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THE East Neuk of Fife is one of the most stunning parts of Scotland.

Boasting beautiful sandy beaches, world-famous golf courses, fascinating caves and historic castles and landmarks, the area is home to a string of fishing and farming communities.

St Monans Harbour as it looks today.

St Monans Harbour as it looks today.

Neuk is the Scots word for nook or corner and fewer regions in Scotland offer the number off attractions found in this hidden enclave of the country.

In his new book East Neuk of Fife Through Time, author Jack Gillon uses images on old postcards to chart the history of the area, and gives a fascinating glimpse of how it has changed over the last century.

“It’s an area I used to visit as a kid and my wife’s family have ties to this part of Scotland, so there were personal reasons for writing the book,” Gillon explained.

Gillon, who lives in Edinburgh and has worked as a town planner involved in conservation of historic buildings for around 30 years, put together the book in part by using old postcards he collected himself.

The first Marine Hotel opened in Elie in 1888 and was gutted by a fire in 1904. It was rebuilt on a grander scale in 1907 and closed in the 1970s.

The first Marine Hotel opened in Elie in 1888 and was gutted by a fire in 1904. It was rebuilt on a grander scale in 1907 and closed in the 1970s.

He said: “There were a lot of parts of the villages I hadn’t discovered before I was researching the book, hidden streets I didn’t know existed.

“It’s such a beautiful part of Scotland, but because it is so tucked away, it’s not somewhere that everyone knows to visit.”

East Neuk of Fife Through Time is available through Amberley Publishing and to buy here

The area of the former Marine Hotel in Elie. It became a housing development in 1990.

The area of the former Marine Hotel in Elie. It became a housing development in 1990.

Before and after pictures show Crail, Marketgate. The area is now a popular tourist resort.

Before and after pictures show Crail, Marketgate. The area is now a popular tourist resort.

Lower Largo, railway viaduct. The disused four-span railway viaduct dates from 1856 / 57 and closed in September 1965.

Lower Largo, railway viaduct. The disused four-span railway viaduct dates from 1856 / 57 and closed in September 1965.

The Lower Largo viaduct as it is today

The Lower Largo viaduct as it is today