Gaze upon the gold medal that was awarded to the winner of The Open Championship in 1872, the Tom Morris Junior Medal, at the British Golf Musuem in St Andrews, Fife. Learn about this piece of golfing history and more in the Scotland's History in 25 Objects eBook
We get it, it's Fife - the land of so much to do and not always enough time to do it in. Its rustic villages and charming towns conspire to give the region a certain ooh la la. While St Andrews is undoubtedly well-known around the world, there's much more to Fife that will spoil urban travellers, explorers, cyclists, museum-goers and foodies alike.
Bags of history
Castles, palaces, museums and galleries are found in abundance in Fife. Scattered throughout the region, each is unique in its own way. Some hold royal connections, like the abbey in Dunfermline, others look back at the region's industries like the Scottish Fisheries Museum, and some remember Fife's key pioneers like Andrew Carnegie and Adam Smith. Outlander fans will be impressed by the number of filming locations which can be explored across Fife, including the historic sites of Aberdour Castle and Culross.
The Home of Golf
Known as The Home of Golf thanks to its beautiful courses and long history and connection to the sport, Fife is a great place to get out on the greens. From the historic courses in St Andrews to the magnificent parkland courses inland, there are 50 courses for you to choose from.
Fife's towns and villages may be small, but boy, are they full of character! Plus, you can discover them all on foot and soak up the impressive views as you follow the Fife Coastal Path which stretches 117 miles right around the coastline and is Scotland's longest continual coastal path. From the cosmopolitan atmosphere of St Andrews to the quaint fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife such as Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans, Elie and beyond, the region is peppered with incredibly picturesque sea towns and villages, teeming with masses of great outdoor activities and amazing wildlife.
You can also explore the region along the Fife Pilgrim Way, from Culross and North Queensferry to St Andrews, stretching 64 miles (104 km). This route passes through Fife's incredible historic landmarks with spectacular views to the coast.
When it comes to dining in Fife, the question is not what, where or when, but you'll find yourself wondering how to make the most of the buzzing restaurants and lip-smacking enjoyments! You can savour craft beers, gins and whiskies directly at their source, pick your own berries, or have the local larder served up in the cafés, pubs and award-winning restaurants. Or why not stop at some of the region's many bustling farmers' markets and stock up on local ingredients, from freshly caught seafood to flavoursome cheeses and succulent meats? The choice is yours!