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Crail Airfield, pillbox 550m NNE of Kilminning Castle

A Scheduled Monument in East Neuk and Landward, Fife

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Latitude: 56.273 / 56°16'22"N

Longitude: -2.5918 / 2°35'30"W

OS Eastings: 363447

OS Northings: 709101

OS Grid: NO634091

Mapcode National: GBR 2Z.8RNQ

Mapcode Global: WH8TM.5L2F

Entry Name: Crail Airfield, pillbox 550m NNE of Kilminning Castle

Scheduled Date: 4 November 1996

Last Amended: 13 March 2019

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6515

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 on the cliff edge near the coastal path, some 150m east of Crail Airfield. It comprises a pillbox of a standard design known as Type 24. It is constructed of concrete, with walls 40cm thick to which an outer wall has been added, making the walls a total of about 109cm thick. The pillbox faces in towards the airfield to repel an enemy landing on the airfield.

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

The scheduled area includes the pillbox and an area extending 2m in all direction 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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