Looking for local things to see and do to fill up your weekends? Keep reading for fantastic ideas such as teeing off on world-famous golf courses, and taking a dip in the crisp Scottish sea, learn about Scotland's incredible marine life up close, or exploring the highest peak in Fife. You never know, you might even learn a new thing or two along the way!

These suggestions are not just for visitors - if you're lucky enough to call this region home, then these ideas are for you too!

Exploring with the kids? Make sure to download the In the Footsteps of Kings augmented reality app and see historic sites across Fife come to life!

Pittencrieff Park

Gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, Pittencrieff Park is 76 acres of woodland walks, greenhouses and wildlife in the heart of the town.

Did you know?

  • There are 10 brass rubbing plaques across the park, each with a different design.
  • The park is home to thousands of trees, with woodlands running alongside the Tower Burn, southern reaches and to the north east where the Dovecot is.

Plan a trip to Pittencrieff Park.

Leven Beach

The seaside town of Leven is blessed by a beautiful sandy beach, backed by a promenade, green open space, and golf course. Gaze out across the Firth of Forth and you'll see right across to East Lothian, on a clear day at least!

Did you know?

  • There's a skateboard park and outdoor gym nearby if you fancy a little exercise!
  • The woodland valley of Letham Glen sits just behind the town and is a great spot for some sheltered walks after a few hours in the sun on the beach.

Plan a trip to Leven.

Silversands Beach, Aberdour

Another beautiful beach spot, Silversands in Aberdour is one of the region's most beautiful and attractive coastal spots. Combining the scenic countryside with the crisp coastal air, it makes for a special location for a relaxing walk and making sandcastles.

Did you know:

  • The Fife Coastal Path passes this beach - a great scenic stop off point along the trail.
  • The beach is pet-friendly, with a dog-restricted area and dog-exercise area to use.
  • You can look out to sea and spot the islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm from the beach.

Head to Silversands Beach.

West Lomond

West Lomond, between Leslie and Falkland is one of the steeper spots in the region of Fife which is popular amongst hill and dog walkers alike. Head off along this 8 km/5 m route for incredible views, a breath of fresh air and some quality time with friends or family.

Did you know:

  • West Lomond is the highest point in Fife, and also the highest peak in the Lomond Hills. It stretches up over 1,700 ft at its highest point.
  • Below the summit of West Lomond is the deep ravine of Glen Vale. It is said this is where exiled ministers in the 17th century held secret meetings - I wonder what they could have been talking about!
  • On the western slopes of nearby Bishop's Hill, you'll find a 30ft stone pillar named Carlin (witch) Maggie, so named as the Devil is said to have turned the local witch to stone after she got on his nerves!
  • The Lomond Hills bear an uncanny resemblance to a sleeping giant - see if you can spot it via the M90 motorway.

Explore West Lomond.

Deep Sea World

In North Queensferry, head to Deep Sea World - Scotland's National Aquarium. Here you can explore hundreds of incredible species of marine life that make Scotland's seas and shores their home, as well as experiencing some incredible exotic species along the way too! Head along to dive with sharks, explore fascinating exhibitions or stop for a bite to eat in The Bridge Café - a perfect family day out.

Did you know:

  • The aquarium is home to one of Europe's largest collections of sharks.
  • You can walk underwater, in one of the world's longest underwater tunnels.
  • Deep Sea World is located underneath the iconic Forth Bridge, which was constructed in 1882. (Which you can sketch as part of our new Sketching Scotland series!).

Explore more at Deep Sea World.

Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Located just off the coast of Crail and Pittenweem, the Isle of May NNR is a haven for birds and wildlife. The island sees a wide range of wildlife making its home here, from puffins and seals, to hundreds of nesting seabirds, so keep your eyes peeled to see how many you can spot!

Did you know:

  • The island has a dark past with monks, Vikings and smugglers all being previous visitors to the island!
  • Boat trips to the island normally run from May to September each year and you can spend up to 3 hours ashore.
  • There are cliff top paths that you can follow to see nesting seabirds up close.

Find out more about the Isle of May NNR.

With so many places to visit across Scotland, will you head to one of your favourites or try somewhere new?