Ravenscraig Castle, Kirkcaldy – Ink/Watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine

This ruined castle sits on a high rocky outcrop, strategically overlooking the Firth of Forth, between Kirkcaldy and Dysart. It was built by James 2nd in 1464 and was considered to be the latest in technology. Its 14 feet thick walls were designed to withstand cannon fire from enemy ships entering the Forth. This worked well enough until bigger cannons were fitted to bigger ships and the castle became somewhat, redundant. It has been used for a variety of things over the centuries ending its useful life as a munitions dump during the first world war. Today its ruins are managed by Historic Scotland.

This scene is very familiar to me and would have been well known to my father and his father who came from the small town of Dysart just over the end of the distant headland. When I was a wee boy the beach, or “sands” as they were know were crowded with families bathing in the summer weather. I learned to swim here and have loved swimming ever since. Unfortunately pollution and the advent of foreign holidays have put paid to this sort of pastime. Aye! – Nostalgia isn’t like it used to be!