PittenwemThe next town on the way is Pittenweem about a mile from the windmill. Approaching from the south, the red tiled roofs of the houses above the harbour are characteristic of this part of Fife.  Once again this is a lovely little harbour town - although bigger than St Monans, it has just as much character. Pittenweem is still used as a fishing port and the fish market building holds fish auctions every morning when the day’s catches are sold to fish wholesalers.

The name Pittenweem means “place of the cave” and the cave referred to is the cave that was used by St Fillan around 600 AD as he went about his business of converting the Picts to Christianity. The cave lies in Cove Wynd – a narrow passageway just behind the houses at the harbour side,and in the cave you can still see the Saint’s well and alter. Legend has it that St Fillan had a luminous left arm that he used to see to write within the darkness of the cave.

If you walk up past St Fillans cave you come to the Parish church with its conspicuous church steeple. This parish church was built on the site of the old Priory in 1588 and the old Tollbooth Tower was added as part of the church

.Pittenweem has an annual popular Arts Festival in August each year when gardens and private houses are turned into temporary galleries displaying work from artists from around the whole of Scotland.

 

 

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