Town Seal of Earlsferry
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Town Seal of Earlsferry

A royal burgh overlooking the Firth of Forth, Earlsferry lies at the western end of a line of settlement that extends along the Fife coast from Elie.

It derives its name both from the ferries that used to arrive here from North Berwick and other ports on the Lothian coast and from Macduff, the Thane or Earl of Fife who is said to have taken refuge from Macbeth in a cave at Kincraig point before being ferried across the Firth of Forth to Dunbar.

There are the remains of a hospice for pilgrims to St Andrews run by Cistercian nuns and golf has been played on the Earlsferry Links since the 16th Century. Today Earlsferry is a popular residential resort.

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