Crail is one of the oldest
Royal Burghs in Scotland having been granted its
charter in 1178.
It is said that the Dutch built the harbour, the town becoming an important port for the export of salt, fish, mutton and woollens. It also became famous for its locally caught and smoked haddock known "Crail Capon".
Today, the older narrow streets down by the harbour make Crail itself a tourist attraction. Worth seeing are the 12th century St Mary's Church, the 17th century Market Cross, the 18th century Tolbooth, 17th century Customs House and Crail Museum and Heritage Centre.