The Kingdom of Fife
Miles of golden sands, rolling countryside, historic castles and sporting activities ... the Kingdom of Fife has it all.
St Andrews, of course, is world famous as the home of golf, but there is so much more to Fife. We explore St Andrews and the East Neuk in more detail on other pages within this section, so here we'll concentrate on the attractions available elsewhere in Fife.
Pitcairlie is just six miles from Falkland, a well preserved medieval village with the Palace of Falkland at its heart. This former Royal Hunting Lodge is perhaps best known for its royal tennis court and its connections with Mary Queen of Scots, but the gardens are superb, especially in the summer when the herbaceous borders are at their best.
Other historic sites include Hill of Tarvit, a mansion designed by Sir Robert Lorimer near Cupar; Kellie Castle, a 14th century castle substantially rebuilt in the 16th century and featuring one of the best traditional walled gardens to be found anywhere in Scotland; the West Fife town of Dunfermline, a former seat of the Kings of Scots; and Culross, a conservation village with many preserved medieval buildings and quaint winding streets.
Other attractions include the Scottish Deer Centre, Craigtoun Country Park, the Secret Bunker, the Fife Folk Museum, and many more. The coast boasts some of the best beaches in Scotland. Tentstmuir Forest and Kinshaldy Beach, in particular, offer a wonderful combination of forest walks fronted by a magnificent stretch of white sands and dunes.