Fife Travel Information:
Fife is the smallest of Scotland's regions, yet it provides the visitor with no shortage of things to do! Whether you are interested in history, culture, cuisine, sport or pure relaxation, there is something in Fife for all.
In Fife you will find some of the country's best kept beaches, Scotland's oldest university town and the worlds 'home of golf' in St Andrews, the delightful East Neuk fishing villages including Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem and Crail, as well as the historic capital of Dunfermline to name but a few. And what's more, not only will you discover a relaxing, refreshing, friendly and high quality environment, but it's all just 30 minutes - 1 hour away from Edinburgh.
Fife is a popular holiday destination for golfers and nature lovers as well as being a haven for cyclists with many of the tourist attractions being approachable via the cycle ways. And for those keen on walking, there is the coast to coast walk which runs 128 miles from Oban (on the west coast) to St Andrews (on the east).
Fife has a long history with the Scottish Monarchy, so much so that the people of Fife defend its right to be known as the Kingdom of Fife. Dunfermline served as a Royal residence and burial place for many centuries. It is said to hold the remains of eight Scottish kings, four queens and assorted princes and princesses. A little further north lies the lovely village of Falkland and Falkland Palace, which became a country retreat for generations of the House of Stewart including Mary Queen of Scots and James VI.
Other finds in the area include Scotland's first castle of the artillery age, Ravenscraig Castle, on the edge of Kirkcaldy. And further west, a remarkable segment of history is preserved at Culross, on the banks of the Forth. This is a beautiful 16th Century village which appears as though it has been frozen in time. What really sets Culross apart as special is the way such a large part of the village is original with its wynds and stunning buildings.
Elsewhere in Fife, tourist gems like Aberdour with its castle (Aberdour Castle) and the nearby St Fillians Church are especially worth a visit as is the historically important, and unusual, Burntisland Parish Church.
- Deep Sea World
- Abbot House Heritage Centre
- Scottish Fisheries Museum
- St Andrews Castle
- Falkland Palace
- St Andrews Museum
- Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery
- St Andrews Cathedral
- Rankeilour Park / Scottish Deer Centre
- Scotland's Secret Bunker