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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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    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.

  2. St Andrews Castle

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    Castles

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    St Andrews

    St Andrews Castle is the ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century.

  3. Ravenscraig Castle

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    Castles

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    Kirkcaldy

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

  4. Burntisland Museum

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    Museums

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    Burntisland

    Burntisland Museum has information on the town’s history and an Edwardian fairground display.

  5. 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.

  6. Hill Of Tarvit Mansion House & Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    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.

  7. North Queensferry Harbour Light Tower

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    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.

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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.

  9. Centre for Stewardship

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    Country Estates

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    Falkland

    Welcome to Centre for Stewardship

  10. Harbourmaster's House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dysart

    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.

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