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    Hit the beach!

    by iaint Updated Mar 9, 2014

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    Burntisland... acres of sand at low tide. Acres of North Sea at high tide.
    Mostly sheltered from prevailing westerly winds, so pleasant even 1st weekend in February.
    Great way to shake off cabin fever, get fresh air and a little gentle exercise.
    We were attracted by reports of a pod of orca whales in vicinity, but they must have seen us coming...

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    St Andrews

    by iaint Updated Aug 13, 2012

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    towards 18th green & 1st tee on Old Course

    A good day out from Kirkcaldy, and pleasant countryside on the way (whichever route you take).

    Its the centre of the universe for golfers, but it also has a great beach, good town centre, the University...

    Plenty of restaurants as well.

    UPDATE - I now have a St Andrews page, so check there for more detail.

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    Ravenscraig Castle

    by iaint Written Jun 25, 2012

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    Work on the castle started in 1460, so it's pretty old.It's a ruin now, but "conserved"in that condition by Historic Scotland.

    Well worth a few moments, especially after you've seen it's history - refer to Wikipedia as it does a good job, and I'm not one to paraphrase or plagiarise.

    Entry is free, as are the views of the Firth of Forth - a wee bonus.

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    Dysart harbour

    by iaint Updated May 26, 2012

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    in the summer...
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    Head for Dysart (north end of Kirkcaldy) for a bracing January walk by the harbour & on the beach.

    Lots of fresh (very fresh) air in December! Watch out for weather - even if predicting sunshine + occasional showers, that can easily mean prolonged torrential rain.

    Great view of Firth of Forth, islands and Edinburgh when not drowned by rain...

    It's wonderful in summer sunshine, of course

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    Beveridge Park

    by iaint Updated Oct 24, 2011
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    Beveridge Park is close to the town centre, maybe 10 minutes walk from the railway station.

    It was gifted to the town - in the days of municipal munificence - by one of the local worthies.

    I take it for granted. I run around it most weekends as part of my 5 mile (8 km) circuit.

    Sometimes I do stop to stare. In autumn particularly, when the trees are wonderful.

    It has a large pond - for swans & ducks, plus boats in the summer, a children’s playground, a skateboard park, tennis courts, a bowling green (for the very British summer sport of bowls), a 5 a side football court etc. But it’s so big that finding quiet space is very easy.

    The town’s rugby team (the Blues) plays there.

    However, one of the main user groups is the local teenagers. At night they can sit there and scoof their cheap supermarket vodka in privacy. Watch out for broken glass at the weekends.

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    Adam Smith Theatre

    by iaint Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Named after the town's most famous son (at least until Gordon Brown came along), this is the municipal arts centre.
    It has a truly eclectic range of performances. This autumn's (2007) events range from the European Ballet performing Coppelia to the Adam Smith Theatre for Young People putting on Annie Jr. On the film front, you can enjoy treats like The Simpson Movie and Pascal Ferran's production of Lady Chatterley. Something for everyone there!
    They even do "breakfast movies" occasionally midweek - breakfast from 10am, movie at 11am.

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    woodland walks

    by iaint Updated Jan 22, 2011

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    it was cold!
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    I just realised I've been taking this for granted. 3-4 years ago the local Council created these walks, and I've been running on them ever since. Much more fun than running in the park or on the pavements/roads.
    Anyway, this morning while I was jogging along I came upon a party of 15-20 ramblers/walkers who had stopped for a tea/coffee break. That's when I realised this is something worth a "to Do" tip.

    Possibly the best sections are alongside Raith Lake, and at the Mill Dam where the stream tumbles along noisily.

    You may see swans, herons, ducks, rabbits, deer and foxes, based on my breathless observations. I also see a raptor regularly, but as its always fleeing my approach, I've never seen it close enough to get a good look and figure out which species. It's a big one, anyway.

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    Harbourmaster's House

    by iaint Updated Oct 11, 2010

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    the older building, centre shot
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    I already have a tip about the harbour at Dysart - one of my favourite local spots. Since that was created, the local council has renovated the old harbourmaster's house and re-opened it as a mini visitor centre/cafe/community use facility.

    I've started to use it for cappuccino & cake/croissant/scone (yes, sometimes all 3...) when I want to escape my desk/work for a while. It's only 5 minutes away, after all.

    If you get the right table, on a clear day you'll get a fabulous outlook over the harbour to Edinburgh.

    It can get busy at lunchtime and early afternoon. I find 4pm is about best... It's open 7 days a week, apart from Christmas & New Year. Phone to check exact opening times.

    Finish off with a walk out to the end of one of the piers, or on the beach, or upstairs to Ravenscraig Park.

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    Cruising

    by iaint Updated Jun 27, 2008

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    How about a 3 hour evening cruise around the Firth of Forth, complete with jazz band, chicken dinner & bar?

    It was good!

    The boat leaves from the old ferry pier at South Queensferry (so only 20 minutes from Edinburgh as well), goes under the railway bridge, then along the north shore past Dalgety Bay and Aberdour, as far as Burntisland. Then it crosses the Firth and comes back along the Edinburgh side.

    It stops at the island of Inchcolm, so that you can see the priory.

    Wild life aplenty - seals, puffins, cormorants etc. Islands to see as well, plus whats on the shoreline.

    Enough fresh air to last you all year. We went in June, so it was still daylight when we got off at 10.30. The trip was for a bunch of foreign delegates to a conference, and they loved it (especially the bar).

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    RSPB Vane Farm

    by iaint Updated May 3, 2008

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    at top of Vane Hill
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    This is a nature reserve run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Its on the banks of Loch Leven, at the southernmost end of Perth & Kinross. So, 15 minutes from Kirkcaldy.

    Spectacular setting. Great visitor centre. Hides to watch bird life from.

    We went up Vane Hill - a 2km walk up a 200m hill. Superb views from the top.

    Reserve gets 120,000 pink footed geese passing through in migration seasons. Ospreys, occasional fish eagle...

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    The Links Market

    by gordonilla Updated Mar 10, 2008

    This is Europe's longest street fair and market - it has taken place for well over 700 years. The market has changed over time - but it still has some 200,000 visitors over the course of it's 6 days of operating each year.

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    west wemyss

    by iaint Written Aug 29, 2007

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    Another small village harbour close to Kirkcaldy. Another good place to catch some fresh sea air. and get some exercise walking, cycling, running (or whatever) along the coast.
    Someone has spent a lot of money on restoration of houses recently, so it all looks quite spruce!
    Harbour now used by lobster/crab fishermen judging by the number of creels and stink of bait.

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    culture for free

    by iaint Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    exterior

    Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery, dating from 1920s. Well known for collection of Peploe & Mactaggart - Scottish colourists. Definitely worth a visit for those alone, and it has a couple of Vettrianos as well.
    Excellent cafe with home baked scones etc!
    Gift shop too.
    FREE entry!!!

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    the far east

    by iaint Written May 6, 2007

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    No, not Asia. East Neuk of Fife. As far east as you can go without falling in the North Sea. The best place is Crail, a small fishing/holiday/golf village. Very picturesque. Beach, fresh air, sunshine...

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    East End

    by iaint Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    kids love it!
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    Go out east. Visit the little fishing villages and beaches in the east of Fife (the East Neuk). Try (in no particular order) Crail, St Monans, Anstruther, Largo, Elie, Lundin Links...

    Pick the right time (not a sunny Sunday in July) and you'll get real peace and tranquility. Good in winter as well, but wild.

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