Day Trip: Visiting LimekilnsFriday, September 12, 2014
As you can see, I've got a pretty photo heavy post for you today - what can I say? Day trips always inspire me to use my camera as much as possible and try as I might I just couldn't cut this post down to any less than this. A few weeks ago LF and I happened to both have Friday off and when my parent's said they were planning a wee day trip we couldn't resist tagging along and escaping the city for a few hours. We ended up driving over the bridge to Fife and visiting a village called Limekilns which is just to the west of the Forth Road Bridge. I cannot believe this little gem of a village is only 30 minutes away but we had never been before!
We spent a couple of hours just enjoying the day - letting the dogs play on the beach and walking up and down the coast enjoying the warm weather and wishing we could live outside the city. There was everything you want from a coastal town - cute harbor, a beautiful view of Edinburgh and West Lothian and a couple of lovely looking places to stop to have something to eat. I think one of my favourite bits of the day was seeing Mania in the sea though. Last time we took her to the beach she was still quite young and the waves absolutely terrified her, this time was completely different. She played fetch with my Dad and LF and I was definitely the most nervous of all of us - they were throwing sticks out really far and she was in heaven swimming back and forth collecting them.
Limekilns is apparently named after the literal lime kilns that were cut into the side of one of the cliffs just down the road from the village. It has a pretty impressive history as well, the oldest building is the village is from 1362! Most of it's commerce until recently was in fishing and soap-making but now it seems to be another sleepy, peaceful place not too far from the city. We were lucky enough to get a good peek into the kilns themselves and even got a bit of a history lesson from a security guard who was at the site. Apparently they were doing some filming there the following week and he was keeping an eye on the place. It definitely sounded like an interesting job, apparently he has guarded all sorts of strange things for production companies over the years. Unfortunately he wasn't allowed tell us what he was there for this time.
After our walk we decided to have a late lunch at the Limekilns Bistro, which was fantastic. The staff were amazing, particularly as towards the end of the meal when a big storm came in and the electricity went off! The waitress joked around with us, making sure we had everything we needed while we waited so we could have a cup of coffee and pay. We had planned on doing even more walking after, to work off all that delicious food - but the storm was absolutely terrifying Scallywag and it started to bucket down so we headed back to Edinburgh. I still can't get over that fact I had no idea this wee place existed! I definitely need to make more of an effort to explore the areas around the city!