Kirkcaldy Travel Guide

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Kirkcaldy Things to Do

  • Hit the beach!

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Beveridge Park

    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...

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  • Adam Smith Theatre

    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...

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  • woodland walks

    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...

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  • Harbourmaster's House

    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...

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  • Cruising

    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...

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  • RSPB Vane Farm

    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...

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  • Cluny Clays

    Lots of activities at this centre. Clay pigeon shooting, archery, golf, falconry, quad bikes (and so on...).Food & drink too.

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  • The Links Market

    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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Kirkcaldy Hotels

Kirkcaldy Restaurants

  • Exceptional!

    Just back from my 2nd visit in 2 years. Last time it was dinner - this time lunch.It wins awards, and it deserves them. 80% of the menu is fish, as you'd expect from the name.Service is great - professional but still friendly; quick, but you're not rushed. The surroundings lovely, with a view out over the Firth of Forth. The food really is 5 star -...

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  • try it...

    I had dinner in Jock’s Bar this week - my 2nd visit to the place this year. It’s only a 20 minute drive from Kirkcaldy if you know the road and it’s quiet. 22 minutes otherwise...The dinner was very good - the Mexican platter. This involved a bowl of chili con carne, a couple of tortillas, some nachos with cheese and jalapeños, plus salsa, sour...

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  • reliable

    Friendly service and good food/wineUPDATE!Just been back last night after a 5 year gap. We had a lovely dinner - mussels (cream & chilli sauce, in my case) then duck breast witha pineapple salsa. Then chocolate panacotta! Excellent and good service.£70 for 2 - 3 courses plus a bottle of white. The chef/owner has just retired after 30+ years of...

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  • good enough...

    There for a Christmas lunch in December 07. My first visit since new owners took over.As these things go, it was above average, but then it was not cheap either. £26 for 3 courses (turkey etc) plus 2 glasses of wine.The service was good & so are the surroundings. The food was good quality - not always the case at these functions!It has a good...

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  • a find!

    I've been to this place often recently for breakfast - a business networking event - and one of the happy networkers recommended I try lunch/dinner.Had an excellent lunch there this week. A beetroot, goat's cheese & chicory salad, then chicken, then panna cotta with blueberries.Good service, pleasant place & good food.Can't comment on prices - my...

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  • award winner

    This place is a Fife institution, and famous throughout Scotland. Traditional Scottish fish & chips, but at the very pinnacle of the business.It regularly wins awards, resulting in queues all day every day. You can sit in the restaurant, or as we did, take your food across the street and eat it on the harbour wall. We were truly blessed with a...

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  • Breakfast!

    Now a regular haunt for a monthly business breakfast. I've never been in for lunch or dinner. Well decorated. The service is usually friendly & efficient, even at 8.30am. Menu is good and prices OK. Crucially at breakfast time - the coffee is good!I'm a sucker for the eggs benedict but what other people eat looks fine as well.OK - it's a bit way...

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  • recommended

    Had a good lunch here in November 08. Only had one course, but the rest of the menu looked interesting.Service was very slick. The food was good. Surroundings are comfortable, with views out to the fishing lake.Its location is 2 minutes from the Edinburgh- Perth motorway, so very handy if you're passing. The place has its own fishing lake, an art...

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  • excellent

    Just back from a really pleasant lunch. I've been here many times, but not for a while.OK its Dunfermline, not Kirkcaldy, but its only 12 miles and I'm not about to start a Dunfermline homepage.Its a traditional Scottish "country house" style of place, which is not usually my style. Big wood paneled dining room with heavy curtains...Anyway, great...

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Kirkcaldy Nightlife

  • aahh...

    A very traditional Scottish pub, in the best sense of that phrase. Before the smoking ban, it was no fun for non-smokers but that has changed big time. Last night (23.8.7) I had 20 minutes to "kill" before I collected my son from Scouts, so I walked down the steps towards the harbour. Dusk, with light cloud drifting across the moon, the lights of...

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  • historic

    This is a traditional Scottish pub. Friendly, no loud music (well almost). It is more than 250 years old! Established 1750. Can't get more traditional than that.Having said that, they do have live bands in the lounge next door. Its odd in such an old place, and because it attracts a student type crowd. Anyway, they stick to their bit and the...

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  • good cider!

    A traditional Scottish pub, with a bit of a difference. Old fashioned in some ways, modern in others.Its one of my favourites, because I like the atmosphere and the cider - Addlestone's.Went there the night of the SNP national election victory in May 07, just for a quick one to sooth the nerves after all the excitement. Turned out all the local SNP...

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Kirkcaldy Shopping

  • good wine

    A local independent wine merchant. I've been using it regularly since the licensing laws changed in September 09, and I couldn't buy wine in the supermarket until 10am. How silly is that? Anyway, Tesco's loss...Stuart & Kim have a huge selection and take pride in showcasing smaller producers. For example, they stock a Lebanese red which is one of...

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  • Farmers' Market

    Like many Scottish towns, Kirkcaldy has a farmers' market. It is not the kind of huge event you will find in France (for example), but a welcome respite from the bland homgeneity of the supermarkets. It is held on the last Saturday of the month, and is located in the square in front of the Town House. Easy access from the bus (50m away) and train...

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Kirkcaldy Local Customs

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    by gordonilla Updated Mar 10, 2008

    When I lived in Kirkcaldy, I visited a local cemetery, Abbotshall Church yard, with an elderly friend. I was taken to a monument to commemorate Marjorie Fleming aka Pet Marjorie. I was quite surprised by her story.

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Kirkcaldy Off The Beaten Path

  • Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline

    I had to drive over to Dunfermline last week to have new tyres fitted to the car. The lease company's designated supplier doesn't have anything more local.

30 minutes there, and the same drive back. An hour for them to do the work. 2 hours lost from the day.

The good news is that I decided to walk around Pittencrieff Park...

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  • Kinghorn

    Kirkcaldy is blessed with lots of beaches and small villages in the surrounding area. Way out east - the East Neuk - they are all picture postcard types. Closer to home, they are more prosaic.Kinghorn is in the latter category. A rough diamond. It has 2 little harbours, 2 small beaches, magnificent views over the Firth of Forth, plenty of top end...

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  • Craigencalt Ecology Centre

    This is becoming a bit of a local institution. It is located a few miles along the coast, west of Kirkcaldy.The setting is wonderful - see photos.The range of activities is too wide to detail here - have a look at their website. I'm a member, and for a short while had a garden plot (8m x 8m) to grow veggies. Sadly it came my way around the time my...

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Kirkcaldy Sports & Outdoors

  • Fife Coastal Path

    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...

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  • Golf

    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....

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  • Lomond Hills

    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...

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