Kirkcaldy Sports & Outdoors

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    Fife Coastal Path

    by iaint Updated Jan 6, 2013

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    The path passes through Kirkcaldy. It stretches from Kincardine in the southwest to the Tay Bridge in the north east. 150 kilometres in total.

    I walked a 2 mile stretch after work one evening this week. And then back again, so 4 miles all in. I started in Dysart and got as far as West Wemyss. I took me 90 minutes altogether.

    It was late June and the weather was good, so it was fun. It’s not the most scenic part of the path by a long way, but it’s nearby.

    Sun and fresh sea air, with some brisk exercise as well. Ideal.

    I’ll do another stretch another time, I hope.

    I’d bought new hiking boots a few weeks before, and needed to start breaking them in before the summer holiday - hiking in the Austrian Alps.

    That trip is training for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in January 2012.

    UPDATE 6-1-13

    This morning I took a walk in the opposite direction - west to Kinghorn. Took 45 minutes each way. Very pleasant too.

    Equipment: All the usual hiking stuff.

    Remember - in Scotland you can get all 4 seasons in the 1 day. So take thermal underwear and sunblock.

    West Wemyss looking SW from W Wemyss Kinghorn direction trackside Kinghorn
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    Golf

    by iaint Updated Jun 22, 2012

    I was down at the golf club today - unusual, because I haven't played for a long, long time. Last time was at Royal Hua Hin, maybe 15 years ago.

    Won't bore you with the reason why, but just realised I'd never written a tip for it. Kirkcaldy, not Hua Hin...

    A nice modern clubhouse, and lovely views over the course. Except for the low cloud, of course. I would have taken a shot of the course too, but it was closed - 24 hours of heavy rain. Scottish summer...

    It's a parkland course rather than the eponymous links variety. Fife has so many fine and famous courses - with the Old Course at St Andrews being just 45 minutes away - that maybe a course like Kirkcaldy is in a permanent shadow. Don't know.

    Equipment: The usual golfing paraphernalia, I suppose. Don't forget the waterproofs. Not sure if there's a dress code in the clubhouse.

    4th fairway Clubhouse. June morning. on a sunny day 4th green
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    Lomond Hills

    by iaint Written Jul 15, 2011

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    If you feel like some fresh air, light exercise and some wonderful scenery, why not try a walk up one (or 2) of the Lomond Hills.

    I conquered East Lomond this week. Wow!

    Thought about tackling West Lomond after that, but I wasn't sure i had enough daylight left. Another time.

    Truth be told, East Lomond was hardly worth putting my boots on for. I was horrified to find the car park is half way up the hill! Pointless...

    If you want a decent walk, park in Falkland village instead and walk up from there. That also has the advantage that you'll finish near a pub.

    Equipment: The right clothing for the weather.

    1 sheep + 2 lambs the summit!
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    the blues

    by iaint Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    No, not BB King or Etta James; local rugby team.

    Play in Scottish 3rd division - not great standard, but OK. They were in division 1 a couple of years back, but couldn't keep the good players together...

    Great to get outside for 90 minutes in January, lots of fresh air. Even occasional mild excitement!

    UPDATE (May 09)

    Blues just won their league & promoted to Div 2!. Back in the big time...

    Equipment: As much warm clothing as you can lay your hands on.
    Money for beer before, at half time, and at end.

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    the rovers

    by iaint Updated May 26, 2009

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    Local pro football (soccer) team. Division 3 in Scottish leagues. Having a tough time in last couple of seasons (no money) but should be a league higher.

    Famously supported by UK Chancellor Gordon Brown (his home town team).

    I've only been once, as the football obsession in the UK (and Scotland especially) does my head in. However, it was fun and I'd go again.

    If you take it seriously it must be soul destroying, but hey, its sport & entertainment (steady now) and its not meant to be taken seriously!

    UPDATE (May 09)!

    Rovers just won the league and promotion! El Gordo is reported to be "over the moon" and David Cameron (opposition leader) apparently "sick as a parrot".

    Equipment: Warm clothing, unless its August.

    Money - for beer before and after.

    Sense of humour & perspective (assisted by beer - see above)

    Rovers v Ayr United, September 07 programme same match... new turf, April
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    Black Rock 5

    by iaint Written May 26, 2009

    Do I categorise this under "extreme sports", "beach activities", "surfing" or "other". It qualifies under all 4.

    It's an annual event in May each year, dates depending on the tides. The race starts in Kinghorn (beside the Ship Tavern) and you run down to the beach, then out across the sand to the Black Rock and back. 4.5 miles roughly.

    Finish is also at the pub (and believe me, that's a good idea)!

    800 entered in 2009. 730 finished (some probably didn't start, and a few will have drowned en route). I was 693rd in 47 minutes.

    It was very tough going, but fun in a perverted way. It was a beautiful sunny evening, with not even a breath of wind. I would have appreciated a little breeze!

    Lots of photos on the website.

    Equipment: Running stuff, obviously.

    You will be running through water, so bear in mind to bring a change of footwear etc if you don't live locally!

    Changing facilities provided.

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    the flyers

    by iaint Updated Jan 13, 2007

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    No, not Philadelphia Flyers - Fife Flyers!

    Local ice hockey team - semi-pro until a couple of years ago, now a sad shadow of former glory.

    Used to be a great Saturday night out, family or otherwise, with visiting teams from all over Britain & Ireland. Even remember the Romanian national team coming to play.

    It was one of the top teams in Britain.

    Equipment: Lots of warm clothing (its warm enough inside the rink when a big crowd is there, but its usually very cold when you leave).

    Enough money for beer (before, during both intermissions, and at the end), the taxi home, and chips, sweets & fizzy drinks for kids (Saturday night, once-a-week treat)

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    Horses!

    by iaint Written Nov 24, 2006

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    Horse racing at Musselburgh, near Edinburgh. Its only an hour away by road, and easy enough by train as well.

    Small racecourse, but good facilities (corporate and public).

    I was there 3rd week in November ('06) for a national hunt (jumps!) meeting. Had to start 12.20 because it gets dark so early. Lunched at 11.30!

    Picked 2 winners from 7, so made £9 on an investment of £35. Better than working!

    Good social day!

    Equipment: Warm clothes in winter, enough cash, binoculars...

    main stand parade ring 4th race
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