Silver Sands, Aberdour
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Silver Sands, Aberdour

A small resort town on the Firth of Forth between Inverkeithing and Burntisland, Aberdour sits on a narrow headland which protects the mouth of the Dour Burn.

It was formerly two towns: Wester Aberdour, a burgh of barony created in 1501, and Easter Aberdour, a burgh of regality designated in 1638. Once a thriving fishing community, it is now a summer resort with a fine beach (Silversands Bay), an 18-hole golf course and historic landmarks that include 14th-century Aberdour Castle with a 17th-century walled garden, 17th-century Aberdour House, Aberdour Station (1890) and St Fillan's Kirk whose Romanesque nave and chancel date from the 12th Century.

The village has an ancient harbour which once exported coal but is now used by recreational craft. Aberdour Boat Club was founded in 1930. During the summer months there is a ferry from Aberdour Harbour to the island of Inchcolm. Stone for chippings and hard core are quarried nearby.

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