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Grid reference: NT022924
Location: 56°6’54"N, 3°34’26"W
Population: 1,188  (2001)
Post town: Dunfermline
Postcode: KY12
Dialling code: 01383
Local Government
Council: Fife
Dunfermline & West Fife

Saline is a village and parish in western Fife adjacent to the borders with Clackmannanshire and Perthshire. It is bounded by Dunfermline to the east; by Carnock to the south; by Culross (in Perthshire detached) to the south-west; by the Clackmannanshire parish of Clackmannan to the west and by the Perthshire parishes of Fossoway and Cleish to the north. The village is situated five miles to the north-west of Dunfermline. It lies in an elevated position on the western slopes of the Cleish Hills.

At the 2001 Census the population was 1,188, a decline from the 1,235 recorded in the 1991 Census. The village has a primary school, a parish church and a golf course. The glen runs from the bottom of the main street through to neighbouring Steelend.

Formerly a weaving centre, Saline was not much redeveloped during the 19th and 20th centuries as the expansion of industrial mining in west Fife largely passed it by. As a result, Saline contains a sizable number of listed buildings, mostly 18th century weavers' cottages.

The village is dominated to the east-north-east by Saline Hill, 1,177 feet AOD, with a hill fort on the eastern summit. The smaller hill to the south of east at Bandrum has a standing stone on the peak.

Famous Residents

Thomas Bonnar (1821-1862) the Edinburgh architect was born here.[1]


  1. Dictionary of Scottish Architects: Bonnar

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