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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

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    1 Visitor Attraction


    Please check our website for up to date visitor information

  2. Leuchars St Athernase Church


    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys



    Twelfth-century Norman church in a historic conservation setting.

  3. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    See over 150 buses at the museum, most of Scottish origin, in different levels of condition from some neglected buses to fully restored vehicles.

  4. Hill Of Tarvit Mansion & Garden


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House


    Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse is one of Scotland’s finest Edwardian mansionhouses, and is home to an amazing collection of furniture, antiques and paintings.

  5. Scotstarvit Tower


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    The Howe of Fife

    Scotstarvit Tower is a handsome and well-built tower, believed to have been built in the 15th century.

  6. Kirkcaldy Galleries




    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum


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

  7. 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.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


    The Scottish Fisheries Museum is a multi award-winning national museum which tells the story of Scottish fishing from the earliest times to the present.

  9. Scotland's Secret Bunker




    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    St Andrews

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

  10. Falkland Palace and Gardens


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction


    Set in the picturesque village of Falkland, this palace was the favourite retreat of the Stuart dynasty, especially Mary Queen of Scots who visited for the hunting, hawking and tennis.


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