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Things to do in Fife

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The ancient Kingdom of Fife has always been at the heart of Scottish history and still cherishes its wealth of castles, palaces, cathedrals and gardens today. A relaxing atmosphere prevails throughout Fife making it an ideal setting for a short break - or indeed a longer stay - on Scotland's sunny east coast.

Dunfermline and West Fife

Dunfermline was the capital of Scotland from Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.11th century to the union of crowns in 1603. Consequently, Dunfermline boasts a Royal palace, a 12th century abbey and a restored 15th century Abbot House. The abbey is the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce and is the post-Iona burial site of the Kings and Queens of Scotland. The Fife Tourist Information Centre for the area is in the High Street.

Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.Close by is the Royal Burgh of Culross, with its picturesque 17th century cottages. Here you can stroll through the cobbled streets that skirt the shoreline of the Firth of Fourth. Culross, once an important religious centre, was the birthplace of St Mungo, Patron Saint of Glasgow.

Charlestown lies further along the coast. This is an attractive model village built in the shape of the letter E to honour its creator, the 5th Earl of Elgin. Limekilns neighbours Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.Charlestown and is the ancient port of the Benedictine monks of Dunfermline. Following the Fife Coastal Path east from the magnificence of the Forth Bridges, you will arrive at Aberdour with its fine castle.

Kirkcaldy, Leven and District

Kirkcaldy is one of Scotland's most ancient burghs and its history stretches back to the 11th century. An industrial centre in the 19th century, Kirkcaldy was the first town to use the power loom, which revolutionised the weaving industry. In later years it became "the world's linoleum capital"!

Today, the area's industrial heritage has largely disappeared, replaced by bustling towns with family attractions such as the Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery. Glenrothes is a new town, with some of the finest leisure facilities available.

The popular holiday town of Leven has an impressive swimming pool and leisure complex to complement its traditional sandy beach. Families will enjoy Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com. the busy promenade and the nature trails in Letham Glen and Silverburn Park.

The coastline is scattered with picturesque towns and villages, each with its own history, usually based around its harbour. Most are still busy with fishing boats. Burntisland is an attractive seaside holiday town with a lovely beach and many attractions. Kinghorn is another. Nestling below cliffs it makes a scenic setting for a variety of water sports.

Dysart and the villages of East and West Wemyss are steeped in character, with crow-stepped gable buildings fronting quaint streets. The Wemyss Caves on this stretch of coastline are treasure troves of Pictish and Viking carvings.

East Neuk of Fife
The East Neuk of Fife is a delightful area boasting unique maritime heritage.Anstruther and Crail are just two of the picturesque fishing villages to discover here.

Anstruther's Scottish Fisheries Museum tells the story of fishing in the area and beyond. You will find attractive shoreline walks throughout the area, along with ancient castles and museums, country parks and nature trails, water sports and sea-angling.Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.

St. Andrews is the seat of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. It's a picturesque Royal Burgh, where you you will find the British Golf Museum in the town's Bruce Embankment, which tells the story of golf through the ages. At the Cathedral, you can climb St Rule's Tower for magnificent views of the town and its surroundings.

North Fife, Cupar and the Howe
Lining the shores of the Firth of Tay, the towns and villages of the north coast of Fife provide an excellent base from which to explore the region. The coast road winds west to the town of Newburgh. There's an important 12th century abbey here which overlooks the salmon-fishing waters of the River Tay. To the east, the town of Leuchars is the site of a fine example of Norman architecture - the 12th century Church of St Athernase.

The Lomond Hills provide opportunities for walking, with spectacular vistas. The valley of the River Eden, known as the Howe of Fife, is scattered with small, pretty villages, such as Ceres. Ceres is home to the oldest highland games in the world. The old county town of Cupar was the original seat of justice and government for the whole of Fife. Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.

Two miles south is the Hill of Tarvit, a glorious mansion house now in the hands of the National Trust for Scotland. Nestling in superb gardens, the Royal Palace of Falkland, was once the country residence of the Stewart kings. It was built between 1501 and 1541 by James V and has some of the most exceptional architecture of its time in Britain.

Days out in Fife

  • Abbot House
    The volunteer-run Abbot House Heritage Centre - dubbed 'The People's Tardis' - propels the traveller through time from the days of the Picts...a time warp peopled by a veritable Who's Who of characters from Dunfermline's past.
    Abbot House
  • Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
    In the cottage where the millionaire benefactor was born in 1835 is told the family's story prior to their emigration to the United States.
    Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
  • British Golf Museum
    Where better to find out about the history of golf than at St Andrews, the home of golf?
    British Golf Museum
  • Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
    Dunfermline Abbey is the remains of a great Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th century.
    Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
  • Falkland Palace
    The Royal Palace of Falkland, set in the heart of a unique medieval village, was the country residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs, including Mary, Queen of Scots.
    Falkland Palace
  • Fife Contemporary Art & Craft
    The Crawford is an intimate gallery showing a wealth of work by living artists & craftspeople.
    Fife Contemporary Art & Craft
  • Fife Folk Museum
    The Fife Folk Museum invites you to discover the history of everyday rural life in this area.
    Fife Folk Museum
  • Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden
    This fascinating mansion house, built in 1906, reflects the period 1870 - 1920 when Scotland was the industrial workshop of the world.
    Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden
  • Kellie Castle
    This very fine example of domestic architecture in Lowland Scotland dates from the 14th century and was sympathetically restored by the Lorimer family in the late 19th century.
    Kellie Castle
  • Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery
    Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery, set in the town's lovely War Memorial Gardens, houses a collection of fine and decorative arts of local and national importance.
    Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery
  • Royal Burgh of Culross
    This picturesque Royal Burgh on the northern shore of the Forth is a complete community, preserved as it was in the 16th and 17th centuries.
    Royal Burgh of Culross
  • Scottish Fisheries Museum
    The Museum researches and tells the story of the Scottish fishing industry and its people from the earliest times to the present.
    Scottish Fisheries Museum
  • Scottish Vintage Bus Museum
    The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum is now the acknowledged focal point of historic bus restoration and operation in Scotland.
    Scottish Vintage Bus Museum
  • St Andrews Castle
    St Andrews Castle consists of the ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century.
    St Andrews Castle
  • St Andrews Cathedral & St Rule's Tower
    These are the remains of the largest cathedral in Scotland, with associated domestic ranges of the priory.
    St Andrews Cathedral & St Rule's Tower
  • St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum & Garden
    The Trust is a charitable organisation which aims to preserve the history and character of St Andrews
    St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum & Garden

Places to Visit in Fife

  • Balmullo
    Balmullo; Proud to be Included - Balmullo is a small village located in the North Eastern area of Fife, although small, it's growing quickly and is a tight knit community.
  • Culross
    Culross is a beautiful village situated on the banks of the Firth of Forth in the county of Fife. Steeped in history the village has kept its original 17th and 18th century buildings
  • Glenrothes
    Glenrothes is located in Fife, East Central Scotland about 30 miles north of Edinburgh.
  • Kirkcaldy
    Kirkcaldy is a town in the county of Fife, situated on the banks of the Firth of Forth on the east coast of Scotland.
  • Low Torry
    Low Torry is set beside the Forth, below an area rich in wildlife and a short distance from Crombie Point.
  • St. Andrews
    The university town of St Andrews is situated in the county of Fife, Scotland and has several claims to fame. It is the home of golf and is where Prince William met his wife Catherine when they were students at the university.
    St. Andrews
  • Wormit
    Wormit is a beautiful little village which helps make up The Burgh of Newport-on-Tay. Wormit was originally established as a village for accomodating the families of upper and middle-class business men commuting to the jute industry.

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