Situated on the slopes of Largo Law, Upper Largo’s an excellent viewpoint for the spectacular sunrises and sunsets that regularly appear in the skies over Levenmouth. At other times, watch a game of cricket on the village green, enjoy a tasty meal at historic Upper Largo Hotel – or hunt for the hidden treasure which, apparently, is buried below Largo Law.
Upper Largo’s Main Street is dominated by the village’s traditional, stone-built houses and shops, designed to withstand the storms that sweep in from the sea, only a mile away. Behind this imposing frontage lie lanes of pretty cottages, leading to the village green and the historic church, burial site of one of Scotland’s greatest Naval heroes: Sir Andrew Wood.
Sir Andrew led the Scottish fleet to victory against the English in the days of James III and the most prominent building in the town – Woods Hospital – was named in his honour. Woods Hospital was founded in the 19th century with the aim of caring for men who shared the famous admiral’s surname but it’s now part of a sheltered housing development – and there are no rules about the surnames of residents!
Just along from Upper Largo lies Drumeldrie, which is a 10-minute walk from stunning Dumbarnie Beach, the highly-regarded Dumbarnie Golf Course and Dumbarnie Links Nature Reserve, where the dunes are home to a range of rare plants, invertebrates, butterflies and birds.