Fife Things to Do

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Fife Things to Do

  • Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

    On our way to Fife to have a short break my wife and I stopped at Dunfermline to visit its Abbey and Royal Palace. The Abbey has a history stretching back to the 11th century. David I, son of King Malcolm III and Queen Margaret raised the little priory here to the lofty status of abbey - the most visually stunning example of Romanesque architecture...

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  • St Andrews Cathedral

    St Andrews a small town in Fife has more than its fair share of claims to fame. It is credited with being the ancient home of golf and it has Scotland’s oldest university. Here at St Andrews University Will and Kate our future king and queen met. Fife itself was once a kingdom in its own right. Legend credits St Rule (also known as St Regulus) with...

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  • The Scottish Fisheries Museum

    On a visit to St Andrews we decided to return via the coast road to our hotel at Glenrothes. On our way we came to Anstruther a beguiling place to explore with its cobbled streets, narrow wynds, white washed cottages, crow stepped gables and red pantiled roofs.Anstruther’s importance as a fishing centre dates to the 14th century. At the time the...

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  • Lochleven Castle

    Fife is full of historical sites. One we visited was Lochleven Castle. We approached it by boat in the same way as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the many other Scottish Monarchs who visited, including Mary Queen of Scots. The partly ruined castle consists of a rectangular courtyard surrounded by a curtain wall, with a tower house, at one...

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  • Falkland Palace

    During a weekend stay in Fife we visited the small town of Falkland, a place that time has forgotten, with narrow streets and difficult car parking. Dominating the skyline and rising majestically out of the town centre is the outstanding 16th-century Falkland Palace - country retreat and hunting lodge of the Stuart monarchs. For the Stuart Kings...

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  • An excellent little museum

    I am not a great fan of many museums and galleries. They often have poor lighting, dumbed down displays, and "political correctness" often over rules historic accuracy. This museum is not one of those. There is nothing spectacular about this place; it is just very interesting. We started our visit with lunch in the tearoom. We had soup and a roll,...

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  • West Wemyss.

    We visited West Wemyss in August, briefly and knew we wanted to return.In September, we made the retrun journey and stayed the night in our motorhome by the boating club.Situated on the north shore of the Firth of Forth,West Wemyss is a fascinating place with a real history.It was originally named after the Wemyss family who lived in and owned...

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  • Elie.

    Elie and Earlsferry were two distinct places than ran into each other but were formally merged in 1930. The modern villages now largely share shops and other facilities, but they do retain a flavour of their historical identities.There are many historical houses amongst the pretty pastel buildings.Generally this coastal settlement is geared more...

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  • St.Monans.

    St. Monans, a fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife, is just beautiful. We fell in love with it's pretty harbour and colourful houses the moment we arrived!!Like all these East Neuk villages, it is so very clean and well maintained - not a scrap of litter anywhere.The village sits on the Firth of Forth, some 3 miles south of Anstruther and looks...

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  • Anstruther

    The first time we visited Anstruther, we drove right through as it was the festival week and the place was packed with nowhere to park.On our return to East Neuk of Fife, we knew we had to make a second attempt to get into the place. As it turned out, we actually walked in from where we were stopped in Cellardyke, about a mile walk through the...

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  • Cellardyke.

    Cellardyke is little known and easily missed, as I have already mentioned. The access to the harbour is straight through the very narrow main street of the village and is a little off putting when you are in a motorhome!Still, we persevered, narrowly missing parked cars and anything coming from the other direction and found our way out onto the...

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  • Culross.

    On our way to the East Neuk of Fife, we decided that Culross might be worth a visit.It is situated on the north coast of the Firth of Forth and is not far from the Kincardine Bridge. Well, what a stunning village this is! It is certainly one of Fife's jewels in the crown and walking around the village is truly like stepping back in time!We parked...

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  • Lower Largo

    This was another place we nearly by-passed, not being entirely sure how to get to the shore here. On our last trip to Fife, we noticed a sign to coastal path car park, which we followed. The road is narrow and winds down the hill to a blind bend, just before it reaches the coast. Here, there is a decent sized car park with toilets and a lovely view...

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  • Crail

    We fell in love with Crail the instant we found our way down to the harbour.It is a pretty little harbour complete with fishing boats and with a curve of fine, sandy beach pulling away to the south.The main part of the village runs along the A917, with a few shops, eating places and a pub.The pretty, cobbled streets wind down eventually to the...

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  • Cambo Sands,Kingsbarns.

    This is a pleasant two mile stretch of sandy beach with rocks and pools, backed by dunes.It is some six miles south of St. Andrews and was at one time a harbour for the nearby village of Kingsbarns.The original harbour was extended in 1861 by a local farmer to enable him to ship his potato crop to London and Newcastle. The vertically laid stones...

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  • Pittenweem

    Another of the east Neuk of Fife's beautiful old fishing villages, Pittenweem is a photographer's delight, not to mention artists! The place attracts artistic types from far and wide and certainly the village has it's fair share of studios and local gift type shops.Pittenweem is the only one of the East Neuk of Fife's harbours to be still worked...

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  • Kellie Castle Gardens in Summer

    Here are some photographs and an illustration of Kellie Castle gardens in mid August, 2013. Tthe colour, and the lovely aromas, and the buzzing of the bees, and the brilliant sunshine all made for a perfect day.

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  • Kellie Castle near Pittenweem

    Kellie Castle, near Pittenweem, has its roots in the 12th century, although most of its present features date from the early 17th century. In the 19th century it lay derelict for almost 60 years until it was rented by an Edinburgh University professor. His son, the famous architect Sir Robert Lorimer, carried out much of the construction work. It...

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  • The Fife Coastal Path

    The Fife Coastal Path is a 117 mile waymarked footpath around the coast Fife coast from North Queensferry to Newburgh. The footpath can be done in sections a few hours at a time, or as a complete walk staying in hotels, B&Bs or campgrounds. Make sure you look around the villages you pass through as there are some stunning little places with some...

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  • Harbor views in East Neuk

    The villages along the southern coast of Fife provide a scenic backdrop to the area. Stopping at several of them makes for a pleasant drive from Edinburgh or St. Andrews. Some of the villages are good for a walk, either through the winding streets or along the coast.

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  • The Forth Bridges

    Sitting side by side the two bridges give a stark contrast of the engineering feats of two different centuries:The Forth Rail Bridge was the world’s first major steel bridge. It was begun in 1883 and completed on 4 March 1890. The Forth Road Bridge was opened on 4 September 1964 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It was the largest suspension...

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  • Scottish Deer Centre

    Easter picnic 2005 was had at this Fife attraction, enjoyed very much the Falconry display given by a very knowledgeable Falconist.The weather was pretty awful when we visited so maybe did not get the most out of it, but there are plenty of things to see, feeding the wolves, loads of deer, adventure playground for the kids(an indoor and outdoor...

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  • "T" In The Park

    If you love music, then you will love T In The Park.The annual music event is held in a large Airfield in Balado, Kinrosshire, Fife.They have numerous music tents to suit all kinds of tastes and many places to eat.My favourite part is the main stage area where the most famous bands play. Recent years have seen Robbie Williams, Sterephonics and...

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