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The Royal Burgh of Culross, Culross
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Culross Palace is a late 16th - early 17th century merchant's house in Culross, Fife, Scotland.The palace, or "Great Lodging", was constructed between 1597 and 1611 by Sir George Bruce, the Laird of Carnock. Bruce was a successful merchant who had a flourishing trade with other Forth ports, the Low Countries and Sweden. He had interests in coal mining and salt production, and is credited with sinking the world's first coal mine to extend under the sea.Many of the materials used in the construction of the palace were obtained during the course of Bruce's foreign trade. Baltic pine, red pantiles, and Dutch floor tiles and glass were all used. The exterior boasts the use of crow-stepped gables, including a statue of a veiled woman posing on the gable step. The palace features fine interiors, with decorative mural and ceiling painting, 17th and 18th century furniture and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery.
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  • This is a good way to experience some of the history of the area. The staff in the palace are very knowledgeable and are happy to give an interesting talk about the rooms you visit. There's several ca...  more »
  • We discovered this little palace on a raining day, decided to go and explore. So glad we did, lots of interesting things to see and the guides were very knowledgeable. Don't wait until it's raining. 
  • As NT members a visit to Fife would not have been right without a trip here. Fantastic old building in a village that takes you back in time, and with a mining history. One can see why it has been use...  more »
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  • Fantastic place. Very old and lots of history. The palace is a great place to visit as is the old baby. Very atmospheric
  • Great example of a early Scots village. Walk round Preston Island is also recommended. Nice views down to Forth Bridges from headland. Well preserved ruins of Salt producing industry also interesting.
  • It is simply and time warp little village... So beautiful
  • Bit quiet if you like that sort of thing. Nice view of the industrial polluting Grangemouth and Longannet powerstation ruining the Scottish scenery.
  • Beautiful village. Really nice people. Lovely beach front.