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  • A visitor looks up to sharks and other fish swimming in a tank at Deep Sea World
    Deep Sea World
  • A father and son pick strawberries at Cairnie Fruit Farm
    Strawberry picking at Cairnie Fruit Farm
  • A family take in the view at Tentsmuir Point along the Fife Coastal Path
    Tentsmuir Point, part of the Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve

There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across the Kingdom of Fife, from fascinating museums to ancient castles, wildlife attractions and more.

Whether you fancy a few hours with the family exploring a beautiful park or one of the region’s many beaches, or if you want to see the latest science exhibition, you’ll find great things to see and do across the region.

Fife is the only region in Scotland which is home to three award-winning Blue Flag beaches. From the peace and tranquility of Tentsmuir to the picturesque beaches of the East Neuk and silvery bays and inlets of west and central Fife, find your perfect day exploring seemingly endless stretches of sand and rock pools.

For a slice of Fife’s maritime history, visit the Scottish Fisheries Museum which offers a fascinating insight into the fishing industry - from the earliest methods to the present day. Discover model and actual boats, fishing gear and information on every aspect of fishing, from the herring market to whaling.

Come face to face with sharks at Deep Sea World in North Queensferry. The attraction is home to one of the world's longest underwater tunnels, where you can view the likes of the huge sand tiger shark. Look out for the resident seals, piranhas and the wildlife of the Amazon rainforest.

Uncover the region's royal connections as you explore Falkland Palace and Gardens. Built by King James IV and James V between 1450 and 1541, this impressive Renaissance building was a country residence of the Stuart monarchs of Scotland for over 200 years. The palace was also home to Mary Queen of Scots and has the oldest tennis court in the world.

At Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze you can navigate your way through the unique six acre maize maze, enjoy trampolines, go carts, a climbing fort and funyard. Not to mention picking your own soft fruit - look out for cherries, brambles and pumpkin this autumn.

Take the children out for some fresh air on the golf course. There are plenty of courses in Fife, such as Elie, which welcome young golfers who are looking to improve their skills and practise their swing.

In the sandy curve of Elie Bay, try a range of sports in the sheltered waters, or head out beyond the bay where the open sea offers a challenge to the more experienced. Learn to canoe or kayak along Fife’s scenic coastline or try windsurfing or waterskiing courses at Elie Watersports.

Let the kids run around at Cluny Clay's outdoor adventure play area which includes straw dens and mountains, ziplines, electric trikes, dens and hides and a pedal kart track. Children over 10 can also take part in archery, air-rifle shooting and clay target shooting. Or why not take the family karting at Kartstart Racing Circuit in Kirkcaldy, where you can compete against each other to be named the winner?

Use the listings to plan a fun family day out in the Kingdom of Fife.

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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. 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.

  3. Cambo Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Crail

    This iconic Victorian walled garden with a modern twist offers woodland walks by a sparkling burn leading to the sea.

  4. St Andrews Museum

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    3 Museum

    St Andrews

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

  5. 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.

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    3 Visitor Attraction

    Leven

    A small local history museum and gallery, which aims to explore the social and cultural heritage of the Levenmouth area.

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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.

  8. Harbourmaster's House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    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.

  9. Burntisland Museum

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    Burntisland

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

  10. Pittencrieff Park

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    Dunfermline

    This public park of outstanding quality was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish born American industrialist and philanthropist.

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