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VisitScotland The Kingdom of Fife and St Andrews Guide
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  • Looking down to three beach huts and boats on the sandy beach at Elie
    Beach huts and boats on the sandy beach at Elie
  • Sign of the Fife Coastal Path with Crail in the background
    Fife Coastal Path
  • A family cycle along one of Fife's many cycle ways
    Fife offers 300 miles of cycle ways
  • Looking across West Sands beach and dunes towards St Andrews
    West Sands beach and dunes in St Andrews

From beautiful beaches to captivating museums and miles of rugged countryside, the Kingdom of Fife has a great deal to offer. And, you don’t have to spend a fortune to see some of this magnificent region’s best bits.

Free outdoor activities

Go off the beaten track at Devilla Forest, which features an extensive network of pathways. The natural habitat of lively red squirrels, the forest is a truly fascinating place to walk or cycle. The forest is filled with historic gems, including prehistoric coffins, Roman urns and carved stones. 

You can see all that the region has to offer along the Kingdom of Fife Cycle Ways, a network of over 300 miles (483 km) of dedicated cycle routes along quiet country lanes, disused railway lines and forest tracks.

The area is also a walker’s paradise, with over a hundred miles of golden beaches and rolling hills along the Fife Coastal Path. Make sure you stop to take in the fresh air at the West Sands Beach in St Andrews, which is most famous as the setting of the opening scenes of the film Chariots of Fire.

Challenge yourself to the Elie Chain Walk, one of Scotland’s best-kept coastal secrets. Chains are built into a section of the cliff west of Elie village, hugging the cliffs towards Kincraig Point and Shell Bay.

A bust of Andrew Carnegie and an Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline

Free attractions

Discover the story behind Scotland’s first university at the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA), which boasts collections covering a wide range of subjects and exhibitions showcasing some antique treasures from the 600-year old university.

Learn about the region’s role in salt production at the small town of St Monan’s in the East Neuk of Fife. Fishing and salt production were once the main industries here, and the old saltpans can still be seen, along with a reconstructed stone windmill that was used to pump sea water up to them.

Visit the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline and learn about working life in 19th century Scotland. Discover the early life of Carnegie, the ‘father of modern philanthropy', who emigrated to America with only a few possessions.

Silver Sands beach, Aberdour, Fife - image by Kenny Lam
When the tide is out at Aberdour Silver Sands

Free places to go

Watch the autumn and spring bird migrations at the Fife Ness Muir, which attracts over 150 species of both migratory and breeding birdlife every year. Carefully placed seating ensures that, whichever season you visit in, you’ll be able to enjoy observing without disturbing the birds.

With everything from roe deer to red squirrels, the Tentsmuir NNR is a perfect spot to witness a wonderful array of species.

Fife’s beautiful, peaceful beaches are waiting to be explored, and the region currently boasts both of Scotland’s Blue Flag beaches, an award which recognises high quality, safety and cleanliness. From Elie Ruby Bay in the East Neuk to Aberdour Silver Sands, these two beaches are well worth a visit for some seaside thrills.

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