Saline, Fife

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Saline is located in Fife
Saline shown within Fife
Population 1,188 2001 Census
OS grid reference NT022924
Council area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Scottish
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Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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56°06′54″N 3°34′26″W / 56.115°N 3.574°W / 56.115; -3.574Coordinates: 56°06′54″N 3°34′26″W / 56.115°N 3.574°W / 56.115; -3.574

Saline is a village and parish in Fife, Scotland, situated 5 miles (8.0 km) 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 1188, a decline from the 1235 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.

The civil parish has a population of 1,762 (in 2011)[1] and an area of 8,757 acres. [2]

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, 359 meters OD, 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.

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Saline Primary School and its "Sitooterie" in the snow

Famous Residents[edit]

Thomas Bonnar (1821-1862) the Edinburgh architect was born here.[3]


  1. ^ Census of Scotland 2011, Table KS101SC – Usually Resident Population, publ. by National Records of Scotland. Web site retrieved March 2016. See “Standard Outputs”, Table KS101SC, Area type: Civil Parish 1930
  2. ^ Gazetteer of Scotland, publ, by W & AK Johnston, Edinburgh, 1937. Article on Saline. Places are presented alphabetically
  3. ^ "Thomas Bonnar". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 

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