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Culross Palace
Culross, Fife

KINGDOM OF FIFE TOUR

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January — December

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Luxury private tour for 1 to 8 people. This is essentially a sightseeing tour, and lasts approx. 6 hours including coffee and lunch breaks. Should you wish to visit any of the attractions such as Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, time must be added.

Fife is a county of 2 parts, the north east is principally open roaming agricultural land, with a picturesque coastline of fishing villages such Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem all with long seafaring histories. St Andrews, also on the coast is considered to be the home of golf and famous for The Old Course. In contrast, the south west is more industrial and although much of that industry has been lost in recent years through the closure of the coal mines, the south west remains a grittier landscape than the north east. One of its main landmarks being the HMS Rosyth Naval Dockyards which featured heavily during the two world wars.

Below is our suggested itinerary for our Fife tour, but please bear in mind that we are happy to include as many or as few towns and attractions as you wish.

Dunfermline, burial place of King Robert the Bruce and birthplace of Andrew Carnegie and ancient capital of Scotland.

Culross pronounced Cooross, is a village of around 400 people, originally founded in the 6th century, it was in the past, a Royal Burgh. If you look to legend, Culross was founded when the King of the Lothians daughter, princess Teneu, became pregnant and was thrown to her death from some cliffs. Miraculously she survived and climbed in to an empty boat which sailed her across the River Forth to what is now the village of Culross. The pregnant girl, was saved by Saint Serf, who upon the birth of her son, took on a foster father role and helped to raise the boy. The child also became a saint, known most commonly as Saint Mungo. The village is famed for its coal industry during the 1500 and 1600s and the splendid palace of Culross was built by Sir George Bruce who opened the first mine in the world, to run under the sea in 1595. It was an engineering miracle until its untimely destruction during a storm in the early part of the 17th century. The area is also famed for salt panning, with the salt being exported all over the world.

Aberdour, a beautiful Royal Burgh lying on the Forth estuary. The castle dates around 1200 and was once home to the influential Earls of Morton. Aberdour Castle masquerades as the Benedictine monastery where Claire and Murtagh take Jamie to recover from his prison ordeal and the injuries he suffered at the hands of ‘Black Jack’.

Travelling north towards Dysart Harbour, we catch a glimpse of the iconic 3 bridges over the River Forth which link Fife with Edinburgh. Dysart is a historic village and former Royal Burgh, now part of the neighbouring town of Kirkcaldy. Dysart´s nickname was ’the salt burgh’ due to its harbour being used to export the locally produced salt far and wide across the globe. If you are an Outlander fan, then please see our Outland Tour where Dysart was a location.

West Wemyss, one of 3 small towns incorporating the name Wemyss. Named after the Wemyss family who owned vast tracts of land in the area, it is also known for salt and coal production. Although these went into decline and the harbour was filled in, Wemyss still retains its fame for Wemyss Ware Pottery, probably the most sought after and highly collectable pottery in Scotland. Production has now been moved to Ceres some 10 miles from St Andrews, but none the less, it is still a hand painted, highly valuable product and the workshops can be visited should you wish.

Passing through Buckhaven, Methil and Leven, we arrive at the start of the ‘East Nuek’, villages of Lundin Links, Lower Largo and Upper Largo. Arguably Lower Largo being the most famous, as the birth place of Alexander Selkirk, a man accepted to be the inspiration for Daniel Defoe´s novel, Robinson Crusoe. A statue and plaque have been placed to commemorate this great writer and the whole village has been designated a conservation area. Lundin Links,its near neighbour boasts the oldest Ladies golf course in the world.

Elie and Earlsferry, as its name suggests, was originally two villages which were officially combined in the 1930’s. Earlsferry is considered to be the more important of the 2, as it was also a Royal Burgh.

St. Monans (often spelt St. Monance) was famed for salt panning and fishing, as well as being home to the pier, surveyed, designed and constructed by Thomas and David Stevenston, the father and uncle of Robert Louis Stevenston who wrote Treasure Island.

Pitenweem, a famous fishing village and former Royal burgh, like Anstuther it dates back to Pictish times.

Anstruther, the largest of the East Nuek villages, has an award winning fish and chip shop and is also home to the Scottish fisheries museum and a historic fishing lugger called The Reaper, used to film scenes from ‘Outlander’. Please refer to our Outlander Tour for more information.

Crail, one of the prettiest fishing villages in the East Neuk. Formerly a Royal Burgh granted rights by King Robert the Bruce.

St. Andrews, home to the oldest Scottish University founded around 1410, and the third oldest University in the English speaking world. The world famous Royal and Ancient Golf Club is also based in the town earning it the name ‘the home of golf’.

Leaving St. Andrews, we now head inland passing through Cupar, the old county town of Fife, Auchtermuchty and Strathmiglo before arriving at scenic Falkland. Falkland is a beautiful village in the heart of Fife and home to Falkland Palace, a former residence to the Stuart Kings and one of only 2 renaissance palaces in Scotland. The town was again used in the Outland series, please refer to our Outlander Tour for more information.

This is essentially a sightseeing tour, and lasts approx. 6 hours including coffee and lunch breaks. Should you wish to visit any of the attractions such as Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, time must be added to the tour accordingly. Please contact us for advice. Please note the price for this tour is 45 pounds per hour, for 1 - 8 people, we do not charge per person. For further information contact us at www.fifetours.com

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fifetours.com
40
MacPherson Avenue
Dunfermline
Scotland
KY11 8XA
Starting
Dunfermline Edinburgh Kirkcaldy, Leven and District
Length
½
Day
Type
Bespoke Private
Languages
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Themes
City Film and TV Golf History Literature

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fifetours.com

We are a family owned luxury private tour and transfer company for up to 8 passengers. Our aim is to show you the very best of The Kingdom of Fife, Central Scotland, Edinburgh and the Borders. We offer a range of tours and also the ability to have a bespoke tour, where you can visit exactly what YOU want to visit. You will be driven in privacy, safety and comfort, stopping where YOU want to stop and spending the time YOU want to spend at any given location. We also offer airport and social event transfers. Call us today to discuss YOUR tour of beautiful Scotland or transfer.

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We are open to discuss your requirements 9am - 6pm Monday to Sunday all year. Tours are any day of the week you choose, with a start and finish time convenient to you.

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