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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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    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.

  2. Aberdour Castle

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    Castles

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    4 Castle

    Aberdour

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

  3. 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.

  4. St Andrews Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    St Andrews

    The remains of St Andrews Cathedral, which was Scotland’s largest cathedral and most magnificent church, show how impressive it used to be.

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    3 Museum

    Dunfermline

    A 17th century house which was transformed into a museum by Robert Lorimer when Andrew Carnegie gave Pittencrieff Park to Dunfermline in 1903. The exterior of the house was authentically restored in 2010, its 400th anniversary.

  6. Anstruther Pleasure Cruises Ltd

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Anstruther

    Passenger boat trip to the Isle of May

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    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    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.

  8. Scotland's Secret Bunker

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    Exhibitions

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    St Andrews

    Hidden beneath a Scottish Farmhouse, a tunnel leads to Scotland's Secret Underground Nuclear Command Bunker.

  9. Falkland Palace

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Falkland

    Set in the picturesque village of Falkland, this palace was the favourite retreat of the Stuart dynasty and a former residence of Mary Queen of Scots.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Dunfermline

    The birthplace and memorial to Andrew Carnegie, the weaver's son who made a fortune from the furnaces of the American steel industry and who gave his fortune away to benefit humanity.

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