This "fringe of gold on a beggar's mantle" was how the Scottish King James VI described the ancient Pictish 'Kingdom of Fife'. 'Neuk' is the Scots word for corner, and the frayed cloak is the ragged coastline of the begging hand that Fife holds out into the sea. The gold lining is the chain of ports which had thriving fishing fleets and rich trading links with the 'Low Countries'. The distinctive red clay pan tiles seen on many old buildings in Fife arrived as ballast on trading boats and replaced the previously thatched roofs. The Fife Coastal path goes along past these ports - Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail - before heading towards St Andrews and beyond.

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