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Crail Airfield, pillbox 20m ENE of Lighthouse, Foreland Head

A Scheduled Monument in East Neuk and Landward, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2789 / 56°16'44"N

Longitude: -2.5856 / 2°35'8"W

OS Eastings: 363836

OS Northings: 709761

OS Grid: NO638097

Mapcode National: GBR MDZ3.VLF

Mapcode Global: WH8TM.8F0V

Entry Name: Crail Airfield, pillbox 20m ENE of Lighthouse, Foreland Head

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1996

Last Amended: 13 March 2019

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6461

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: 20th Century Military and Related: Pillbox

Location: Crail

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: East Neuk and Landward

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a pillbox of Second World War date located to the east of the lighthouse at Foreland Head, some 700m north east of Crail Airfield. The pillbox has stone walls, steel lintels, and a concrete roof into which stone was set for camouflage.

Crail Airfield and its associated defences is one of the best-preserved abandoned airfields in Scotland. Although the site was established in 1918, the surviving structures and runways date from the Second World War. The pillbox itself is well-preserved.

The scheduled area includes the pillbox and an area extending 1m in all directions, from the outside face of the pillbox, in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its group value as part of the defences of the Crail Airfield complex. As such it is part of a complex which is probably the finest of its class in Scotland, and serves to illustrate in concrete form the intense effort which went into defensive construction during the earlier years of World War 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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