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Scotscraig Golf Course

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3 Days in Fife

Scotland’s regions are unique and full of incredible things to see and magical places to visit. Fife is a lovely, primarily coastal, spot on the Scottish map, however there is plenty to explore wherever you find yourself in the Kingdom. You could spend days visiting every nook and cranny of this picturesque corner of Scotland, but if you only have a weekend or a couple days here, not to worry! 

Just north, across the water from the capital city of Edinburgh, Fife is easily accessible by car and public transport, and waiting for you there is miles of coastline, unspoilt beaches, historic landmarks and more that you can explore. Follow our 3-day itinerary to get your short break in Fife started.

We caught up with Stuart Syme, as featured in our video, who is the golf pro at Scotscraig Golf Club, to hear his top recommendations for things to do in the beautiful region of Fife. This is just a snippet of the things you can get up to here, but we hope it will inspire you to explore further.

Check directly with the businesses before visiting on their reopening date, and look out for the Good to Go scheme logo, which shows which businesses have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment.

Transport

Car Walk

Days

3

Miles

40

Route

Tayport, St Andrews, Anstruther, Crail & Leven

Highlights

St Andrews Castle, Lindores Abbey Distillery, Scotscraig Golf Course, West Sands Beach, Isle of May

Areas Covered

Kingdom of Fife

Day 1

overview

Tayport

This small coastal haven is found in the north east corner of Fife, just south of the River Tay. It's home to a quaint little harbour, the 13th oldest golf course in the world, and forest and beaches, so it's the perfect to spot to keep an eye out for an incredible variety of wildlife which makes it home here.
  • Miles

    20

  • Km

    32

  • Stops

    3

  • Transport

    Car Walk Car Walk

Scotscraig Golf Course and Drumoig Golf Centre

If you fancy a round or two of golf, you're in the right place. Scotscraig Golf Club is the world's 13th oldest course, and has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments over the years. Scotscraig has also seen many golfing greats grace its course, including Braid, Locke, Nicklaus, and Norman, as well as Sam Torrance, the previous Ryder Cup captain. Come along for a day and tee off on a unique heathland and links course, whilst soaking up the history around you.

Elsewhere, Drumoig Golf Centre offers a 25-bay golf driving range, one of the best footgolf experiences in Scotland, and is a great place for the whole family to get to grips with golf and footgolf alike. Why not try out some professional and junior coaching while you're here? Meet the team of professionals on site, and stop by the Pro Shop to browse all the latest golfing brands and styles.

Tayport Distillery

After a day on the course, why not head to the nearby Tayport Distillery? Venture on an exciting distillery tour where you can delve into the world of craft spirits. Learn all about the distillery's history, see the distilling process up close, taste samples of Tayport's core range, and learn how to do the 'perfect serve'.

If you want to get a bit more hands-on, you can upgrade to The Blending Experience masterclass where you can learn how spirits are made, experiment with different flavours, mix botanicals and unleash your skills, finishing with you taking home a bottle of your own unique spirit.

The distillery is only a 10-minute drive from both Dundee and Leuchars, with local public transport services stopping outside too. Please note that some public transport services may have limited capacity.

The View Restaurant, Wormit and Lindores Abbey Distillery

After a busy day you must be feeling a bit peckish! A modern, award-winning restaurant located on the banks of the River Tay, just west of the Tay Bridge, The View Restaurant has a reputation for being one of the top places to eat in the area. Offering up delicious homemade dishes, made from locally sourced produce, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it's the place to be to tuck into a tasty Scottish meal. Come along and experience the view for yourself.

Or if you've caught the distillery bug, you can also head to Lindores Abbey Distillery for a tour and a wee dram? Head on a distillery tour and learn all about the whisky making processes, the history of whisky, and taste a dram or two for yourself at the "Spiritual Home of Scotch Whisky".

Day 2

overview

St Andrews

One of the most prestigious towns in Fife and the whole of Scotland, St Andrews is renowned for its golf, immaculate university, seaside gems and medieval streets that you can explore for hours at your own pace. It is perfect for both a golfing break in the Home of Golf, or a relaxing seaside retreat.
  • Miles

    5

  • Km

    8

  • Stops

    4

  • Transport

    Car Walk Car Walk

Old Course, St Andrews

Golf

A visit to St Andrews wouldn't be complete without a round or two of golf. Home to the most famous golf links that many an aspiring golfer dreams to visit, the Old Course is the place to tee off. It is the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world, featuring the Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker. Despite its grand status the course remains open to the public, meaning anyone can play, but please book a tee time in advance.

Between the Old Course and West Sands Beach lies The Himalayas, also a well-known spot in town, that is great for all your putting adventures. Young golfers can get to grips with the 9-hole course and more experienced players can challenge themselves on the full 18-hole course.

St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral

If you're up for a trip back in time, look no further. This historic town is home to two incredible ruins; St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral.

St Andrews Castle boasts a breathtaking coastal location atop rugged cliffs with magnificent panoramic views to enjoy. Wander among the ruins and explore the underground 16th-century siege mine and counter-mine, as well as the 'bottle dungeon', one of the most infamous castle prisons in medieval Britain.

Nearby, the remains of St Andrews Cathedral are a sight to see. It was one of Scotland's largest cathedrals and most magnificent churches, and now you can explore an incredible collection of sculptures and relics across the site that will give you an insight to what life was like in 12th century Scotland. You can also climb St Rule's Tower where you can soak in stunning views from the top.

West Sands Beach

After your trip back in time, head to West Sands Beach for a seaside stroll, a delicious ice cream from Janettas and, if it's warm enough, dip your toes in the water or dive in for a swim. The golden sands here also make a great opportunity to build your favourite Scottish sandcastle. You can try out a range of watersports here with Blown Away, such as land yachting, kayaking and surfing.

If you'd prefer a long walk, why not venture along the Kingsbarns to St Andrews Coastal Walk? This picturesque section of the Fife Coastal Path stretches 13.5 km (8.5 m) and features breathtaking coastal scenery, unspoilt beaches and rocky shores to clamber along.

Cross Keys Bar, Market Street

A day of exploring this historic town wouldn't be complete without a wee tipple at the local Cross Keys Bar on Market Street. Choose your favourite from the Scotch collection, enjoy the outdoor seating on a summer evening, and soak in the atmosphere of this great wee bar with your friends.

Day 3

overview

Anstruther, Crail & Leven

The southern coastal areas of Anstruther, Crail and Leven are quaint little harbours and towns that boast a big character and fascinating places to explore. From sandy shores, fresh local produce and fishing heritage, to golf, coastal paths and scenic landscapes, there's lots to get up to here.
  • Miles

    15

  • Km

    24

  • Stops

    3

  • Transport

    Car Sail Walk Ferry Car Walk

Scotland's Secret Bunker, Crail

We bet you didn't know that Scotland has a secret underground bunker! Afterall, it is a secret. Scotland's best kept secret for 40 years, the bunker holds many hidden gems, war stories, old technology and more that unveils how the elite survived the Cold War. Located below a farmhouse, follow the tunnel that leads you to an underground nuclear command bunker where you can see the top-secret command centre, broadcasting studio, CND room and more.

Isle of May Boat Trip

The Isle of May National Nature Reserve is located in the Firth of Forth off the coast of Crail. Head out on a boat tour from Anstruther to witness a magical mix of seabirds, towering cliffs and seals. The island is also home to the resident colony of puffins which you can see flying around the cliff tops. Did you know the island also has a fascinating history with monks, Vikings and smugglers? Head to the visitor centre to learn more about the island, the nature reserve and the wildlife that makes their home here.

*Isle of May Boat Trips run annually from April to September.

Anstruther Fish Bar and The Railway Inn

Top off your day with a visit to the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar whose delicious offerings are freshly sourced and have people trawling in for miles to get a taste.

Or if you fancy a local tipple to round off your day, head to The Railway Inn in Lower Largo to enjoy a warm and traditional pub atmosphere with a great selection of lagers, real ales, wines and spirits to choose from. There's also a private beer garden where you can relax on a summer afternoon in the sun. Did you know The Railway Inn was voted CAMRA Fife Pub of the Year 2019?

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