Monday, November 23, 2009
Kirkcaldy view Fife
As viewed from the North on the esplanade Kirkcaldy Fife
Inchkeith (Gaelic: Innis Cheith) is an island in the Firth of Forth, Scotland. It is part of Fife.
Inchkeith has had a colourful history as a result of its proximity to Edinburgh and strategic location for use as home for a lighthouse and for military purposes defending the Firth of Forth for attack from shipping, and more recently protecting the upstream Forth Road Bridge, and Rosyth Dockyard. Inchkeith has by some accounts has been inhabited (intermittently) for almost 1800 years.
Inchkeith is approximately half the size of the Isle of May at the mouth of the Firth, but is higher. Beyond and to the West are Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat which is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about a mile to the East of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 251 m (820 ft). In between are a small group of rocks called East Vows.