St. Constantine's Cave, Fife Ness, Crail.
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Constantine's Cave is situated in the north face of a rocky
outcrop on the shore of Fife Ness, about 300 metres from
Craighead farm. The cave reaches back some 9.00 metres or so and
a maximum height of about 4.00 metres. The walls are
carved with a series of incised crosses and two crude figures of
animals. The cave was excavated in 1914 and a number of finds
were recovered, many indicating habitation. The cave is also
likely to have been used as a chapel or hermitage. The caves
name refers to Constantine II, King of Alba (903-943). A plaque
outside provides further information.
From the A917 road at Crail, take the sign-posted minor road
leading to Fife Ness. Continue on until the road ends at Balcomie
Golf Club. There, proceed on foot down to the shore and head north
east towards St. Andrews. Consideration should be given for
golfers on the course. The cave is easily seen from the path.
Parking is available for a small charge at Balcomie Golf Club.
The cave is said to be the place where Constantine was
killed by the Danes in the latter part of the 9th Century.
However, there is much debate by writers about what is fact and
what is fiction relating to this story.
Nothing much to note about Constantine's Cave. Though a nice
spot for a brew after a hard days slog on the bike.