Historic attractions in Fife

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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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  1. Fife Folk Museum

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    The Howe of Fife

    Discover the history of everyday rural life at the Fife Folk Museum.

  2. St Andrews Museum

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    St Andrews

    St Andrews Museum explores the heritage of this university town and from its medieval past to the flourishing present.

  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. British Golf Museum

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    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum

    St Andrews

  5. Aberdour Castle

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    Castles

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    Aberdour

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

  6. Inchcolm Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Aberdour

    Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland.

  7. Buckhaven Museum

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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. Dunfermline Palace & Abbey

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Dunfermline

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

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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.

  10. St Andrews Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    St Andrews

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

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