Distant view of the Castle from the
Cemetery Wall of St. Monan's Church Yard


Distant view of the Castle from the
St. Monan's Harbour

 

This small piece of carved wood is the
only surviving piece of original 
wood work from St. Monance. 
This was saved by the owner of 
Miller Ship Yards and donated to the
local museum when he emigrated to Australia.

Approaching the Doo-cote
on the foot path from St. Monans

 


The Castle's Resident Rabbit

  A view from the west when the tide is out
 

 


A signpost directing East Neuk walkers to
the village of St Monans, Elie and onto the
high tide foot path, away from the sea,
 with the castle's hallway entrance in the background


St. Monans Castle Signet Seal
 

 



In the Hall by the doorway from the Tower
with the Firth of Forth framed by the window 
with a carpet of grass in the foreground.
 

 

Harold Nelson of the round tower


Wild flowers with the castle in the distance
 


Earlier castle vaults in the foreground
with the castle behind

 


 

A view from the north. 
General Sir David's Dutch gables,
unique among Scottish castles,
can be seen on the upper right structure.


General Sir David Leslie, who brought home
from his military campaigns in Holland,
an appreciation for Dutch gables and red pantiles
for his roof. 
(from the art collection of Stalker Castle)


A minor doorway to the castle 
beside the gate wall with the vestiges
 of an earlier entry above it -
a late joining of disparate parts



The remains of the Principal Entrance created by David Leslie. Circular stairs led to the great hall  and sensibly straight steps went down to the kitchen
 

The south wall which overlooks the Firth of Forth. 
At the base there is an arch which would
have strengthened the wall but which
also appears to have a flu-like feature.

 


Harold Nelson on a landing between the round tower, the main hall house and minor entryway


A pastoral view of the castle
from the North West


A view of the castle from the west
as the tide comes in


Ancient Monument Plaque
provided by Historic Scotland
 

 



Historic Plaque on Toronto Residence.


A view from the vaults of the earlier castle 
looking at the remains of the fireplace and great hall


Harold Nelson in the courtyard 
outside principal entrance


A view of the tower and
great hall chimney from south east



A view from the south east beside original wall
 


Inside the most damaged vault
 - third from the sea



Inside one of the storage vaults
 


Evidence of what made the site so defensible is
 seen when looking up the stone face of the west
side of the promontory. 
Traces of brick works are found on the facing but
their purpose is yet unknown.
 


The doo-cote is one of the best examples
of the 16th century beehive style to be found in Fife.  These homes for doves/pigeons were only available to the gentry for they feasted on the neighbours crops as well as their own!


View from the Tower's exterior wall
 looking through the hallway to the great hall
 


A view of the east facing
     - from near the doo-cote



Castle viewed from the south on the shoreline

 


Castle Viewed from the South East
while the tide is out

Alastair McIntyre of ElectricScotland.com visited
St Monance and took this picture of the Castle.
Other pictures from his visit can be viewed here!

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