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  • Looking across the gardens to Aberdour Castle on a sunny day
    Aberdour Castle
  • Looking across the wrought iron gate to Culross Palace
    Culross Palace
  • Looking across Pittencrieff Park towards Dunfermline Abbey
    Dunfermline Abbey
  • Looking across the shore to Inchcolm Abbey on Inchcolm Island
    Inchcolm Abbey on Inchcolm Island
  • North Queensferry Harbour Light Tower which is now a museum with the Forth Rail Bridge behind
    North Queensferry Harbour Light Tower

The Kingdom of Fife is a region which is steeped in history and rich in culture.

The birthplace of key pioneers like Andrew Carnegie and Adam Smith, the Kingdom of Fife boasts a proud heritage and rich culture that stems from an eminent and regal past. From Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland, to the birthplace of golf in St Andrews, discover tales of days gone by in stunning castles, churches, cathedrals and historic buildings and homes.

Uncover the remarkable history and heritage of this unique corner of Scotland. Discover an ancient kingdom that has given birth to several kings and find everything from the oldest standing castle in Scotland to the official residence of Scotland's leading bishop and archbishop throughout the Middle Ages.

You can be transported through 1,000 years of history and experience a story of war, wealth, stealth, devastation and celebration on a guided tour around Abbot House in Dunfermline.

The last king to be born in Scotland was King Charles I, who was born to King James VI and Anna of Denmark at Dunfermline Palace and Abbey in 1600.

Head into the centre of Fife to find Falkland Palace, tucked into the foothills of the Lomonds by James IV and James V between 1501 and 1541. See the oldest Royal Tennis Court in Britain, built for James V in 1539, where a club of over 70 members still play.

Anstruther has the impressive Scottish Fisheries Museum at its quayside, which details the thriving fishing and boat building industry and methods.

Pay a visit to the now ruined St Andrew's Cathedral, once the largest in Scotland. The centre of the country’s religious life for many years, visitors to the 12th century cathedral can climb to the top of the spiral staircase in St Rule’s Tower for magnificent views of the town and its surroundings.

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    Crail

    The local history museum provides an insight into the past life of the ancient Royal Burgh of Crail and its church, golf club, airfield and seafaring tradition.

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    Dunfermline

    See over 150 buses at the museum, most of Scottish origin, in different levels of condition from some neglected buses to fully restored vehicles.

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    St Andrews

    The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum is a small, independent museum situated in a 17th century house in the heart of the town's old fisher quarter, a stone's throw from both the castle and the cathedral.

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    St Andrews

    MUSA: The Museum of The University of St Andrews displays artefacts from a collection that has been six centuries in the making.

  5. Dunfermline Palace & Abbey

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    4 Historic Attraction

    Dunfermline

    Dunfermline Palace and Abbey are the remains of a great Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th century.

  6. St Athernase Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    The Howe of Fife

    Church of Scotland Twelfth-century Norman church in a historic conservation setting.

  7. Buckhaven Museum

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    Museums

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    Leven

    Buckhaven Museum is a small museum above the library which features a display on the fishing and coal mining industries in the town.

  8. Hill Of Tarvit Mansion House & Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Cupar

    Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse is one of Scotland’s finest Edwardian mansionhouses, and is home to an amazing collection of furniture, antiques and paintings.

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    Leven

    A small local history museum and gallery, which aims to explore the social and cultural heritage of the Levenmouth area.

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    3 Museum

    Kirkcaldy

    Permanent Collections Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery has a stunning collection of work by a number of well-known artists, ranging from the Scottish Colourists to Jack Vettriano.

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