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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.

In the centre of Fife you'll 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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  1. Gradings


    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.

  2. Kirkcaldy Galleries




    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum


    Formerly the Kirkcaldy Museum and Gallery, Kirkcaldy Galleries has undergone a major refurbishment in recent years.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Arts Venue
    4 Arts Venue

    St Andrews

    The Byre Theatre is a vibrant theatre, staging a wide variety of Shows, Conferences, Film and Cafe. A year round programme makes this twin auditoria space a great hub for events and arts. Visit www.byretheatre.com or phone 01334 475 000

  4. Harbourmaster's House


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    The Harbourmaster's House is home to Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and Fife’s coastal centre. It offers information on the history of, and things to see and do on, the Fife Coastal Path.

  5. Ravenscraig Castle





    Ravenscraig Castle is one of the earliest artillery forts in Scotland and has two round towers linked by a cross range.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    The 4* Kingdom Shopping Centre is centrally located off the A92 within Fife, offering easy access to all the major visitor attractions in the Kingdom. With over 100 retailers the Centre is also the town centre of Glenrothes.

  7. North Queensferry Harbour Light Tower


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    North Queensferry

    The world's smallest working light tower sits in North Queensferry, alongside one of the engineering wonders of the world.

  8. Aberdour Castle




    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle


    Built by the Douglas family, the 13th century fortified residence of Aberdour Castle was extended in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House


    Kellie Castle dates back to the 14th century and is surrounded by a stunning late Victorian garden. It was restored by the famous Lorimer family.

  10. Gradings

    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum

    St Andrews

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


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