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Preston Island


By Dunfermline.info - Sun, 8th May 2005

Take a walk out to Preston Island, to see the ruins of 19th century Salt Pans.
Looking for an interesting walk while in West Fife ? then take a walk out to Preston Island. Located south of Valleyfield, check out the map link below.
Another view of the Salt Works.

A small island in Torry Bay, W Fife, situated to the south of Low Valleyfield. During the 17th Century the Prestons of Valleyfield mined coal here to fire saltpans which were said to have operated throughout the night acting as a beacon to homecoming sailors. The ruins of salt pans and the mine complex developed by Sir Robert Preston around 1800 still exist.

After the 1823 repeal of salt duties, the salt works declined and was abandoned by the mid 1850s. The old salt pans are being filled by an ash slurry from Longannet Power Station as part of a land reclaimation project.
The walk described on these photos starts on the right hand side, heads out towards the middle of the river with `Preston Island` on the top left. Note that while on the walk you cannot see the water in the middle (where they put the ash from Longanet). This picture taken from High Valleyfield looking south.

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