Dunfermline and West Fife
Scotland’s ancient capital for more than 500 years, Dunfermline is the birthplace of kings and queens and the final resting place of Robert the Bruce. Home to Dunfermline Abbey, the town is normally buzzing with restaurants, excellent shops and superb leisure facilities.
The history in this area can be seen at a number of historic sites. Along the coast you'll find Limekilns, the ancient port used by the Benedictine monks of Dunfermline. Follow the coast a little further east, past the Forth bridges, and you'll discover Aberdour Castle, which Robert the Bruce gave to the Earl of Moray in the 14th century.
The Royal Burgh of Culross is a fascinating village which paints a good picture of days gone by. See the picturesque 17th century cottages with their red pantiled roofs.
Kirkcaldy and Mid Fife
Kirkcaldy is Fife’s largest town, sitting on the banks of the Firth of Forth and overlooked by the ruins of Ravenscraig Castle, which was built to protect the town. Kirkcaldy is popular for its arts and entertainment at the Adam Smith Theatre and is also host to the annual Links Street Market, reputedly the longest street fair in Europe.
The coastline is scattered with picturesque sea towns and villages such as Kinghorn, which is a scenic setting for a variety of watersports and home to the Earthship Visitor Resource Centre.
Inland is the town of Glenrothes, which is a good place from where to explore the Lomond Hills Regional Park.
Families will find no shortage of things to do in Leven. This popular town has an impressive swimming pool and leisure complex as well as a beautiful sandy beach. Discover nature trails at Letham Glen and Silverburn Park and make sure you visit one of the many golf courses in the area.
Test your skills at Lundin Links Golf Course, an Open Championship Final Qualifying course with narrow fairways and tricky bunkers.
‘Neuk’ is the old Scots word for corner, and the East Neuk is the name given to the wedge of land running around the eastern peninsula of Fife. The East Neuk is most famous for its incredibly picturesque fishing villages and harbours such as Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans and Elie. It is also home to some of the finest beaches and watersports facilities in Fife.
There are several museums which celebrate and document the seafaring history of the area. The Crail Museum and Heritage Centre provides an insight into the past life of this area, while the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther tells the story of the county's fishing industry from the beginning to the present day.
The East Neuk also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year.
North Fife, Cupar and the Howe of Fife
The medieval burgh of Cupar is steeped in history and set amongst a patchwork of fields, rolling hills, woodlands and farming communities. Find coastal towns perfect for wildlife watching and discover Tentsmuir Forest, a glorious pine forest which follows the white sand dunes onto the beach and provides a perfect spot for a family picnic.
The Howe lies at the foot of the heather-clad Lomond Hills and is a fertile, low-lying strip of land that is said to provide the very best farming conditions. This rich agricultural land is scattered with small, charming villages such as Ceres, home to the oldest Highland games in the world.
Nestled in superb gardens on the slopes of East Lomond, the well preserved town of Falkland is lined on either side by stunning 17th and 18th century houses, testament to the magnificent Falkland Palace that the town grew around. The Royal Palace of Falkland is the former country residence of the Stuart kings and queens, where they hunted in the surrounding forests and played tennis on the oldest real tennis court in Britain.
Visit The Home of Golf, St Andrews, which is also the seat of Scotland’s oldest university. Highlights not to miss include St Andrews Cathedral, the castle and the beautiful beaches. The town has also developed a reputation for its shopping experience, which includes several independent shops, and its selection of charming cafes, bars and restaurants.