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The story of our building!

Yes, we have some information about our beautiful building, known in Victorian times as ‘Downie’s Stables’. The building Burntisland Studio is in had an important role to play when the industrial revolution brought many new visitors to the town. When I wrote to local historian Ian Archibald of the Burntisland Heritage Trust to ask him …

The Forth Rail Bridge

Let’s talk about this gorgeous bridge. You can see it from Burntisland on a clear day, and it’s just 15 minutes drive away, should you get the urge for a close-up.  It is of course the famous #forthbridge. It (some say ‘she’ but I need to work up to that) was completed in 1889 after …

Wednesday Words: Robert Louis Stevenson

Author Robert Louis Stevenson famously hails from Edinburgh, but did you know our coastline inspired a number of locations in his books? He is of course, the creator of Jekyll & Hyde, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and many poems and travel writings. Most interesting to swashbuckling visitors to Burntisland Studio, though, is perhaps the beautiful village …

Introducing… Mary Somerville

We’re lucky to have a lot of inspiring, smart and enterprising women in our neck of the woods these days, but this is nothing new! Set your time machine to the 1780s, head to Burntisland, and you might just come across a gifted young girl called Mary Fairfax. Mary was interested in everything, but educating …

The Witches’ Well

If you take a day trip from Burntisland Studio to Edinburgh you could easily miss this one, nestled modestly among the towering buildings and rocky outcrops near the castle, but it represents a profound chapter in Scottish history. The Witches Well can be found on the wall of the Tartan Weaving Mill, on the East …

The Wizard of Kirkcaldy

Halloween season continues with more local magic and mystery! Our neighbouring town up the coast is famous for producing two financial wizards, Adam Smith and Gordon Brown, but a less well-known son of Kirkcaldy is the extraordinary character of Michael Scott. Shrouded in myth, he was known as ‘The Wizard of Fife’. Head up into the …

A haunting tale for Halloween

Have you unsettling origins of the Scottish flag? It’s connected to the history of St Andrew’s Castle, and another spooky tale in the run-up to All Hallow’s Eve! St Andrews Castle was originally the grand residence of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating back to the 13th Century. It enjoys a stunning location on the …