The Kingdom of Fife
The county of Fife, otherwise known as the Kingdom of Fife as it was once a major Pictish Kingdom, sits just north of the famous Forth bridges. On the other side of the Firth of Forth, which the bridges cross, is Edinburgh. With 117 miles of stunning coastline, cute and colourful fishing villages and lots of fascinating history, there are many reasons to visit Fife. You can spend the weekend, or longer, and it's an ideal location to base yourself while in Scotland. One of the most popular towns to visit in Fife is St Andrews, which is famous for it's world class golf course and top rated university. Another town to visit is Dunfermline, the former Royal Burgh and home to the impressive Dunfermline Abbey where the body of Robert the Bruce is buried (minus his head!). In this guide you will find
- Fife Towns
- Fife Villages
- Fife food and drink
- Outlander in Fife
- Accommodation in Fife
- Things to do in Fife
There are many towns in Fife to explore. St Andrews is probably the most well known, but there is also Kirkcaldy, home to Adam Smith, the famous philosopher and author of The Wealth of Nations, Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland and Cupar, a market town north of the Lomond hills. Other towns include Leven, Burntisland, Cowdenbeath, Tayport and Rosyth. Like anywhere, the towns are where you will find all your amenities and there are large supermarkets on the outskirts of most. There are some truly beautiful historic buildings, independent shops, hotels, B+B's and restaurants. For more about Fife towns have a read through the blogs below.
I love the little villages in Fife. The East Neuk fishing villages of Elie, Pittenweem, Anstruther, Crail, Cellerdyke, St Monans and Kingsbarn are the cutest villages you are likely to find with world class fish restaurants, picturesque harbours, pastel coloured houses and the sweetest wee self catering apartments. The villages further into Fife are just as appealing. Falkland is home to some of the most fascinating old buildings and is nestled in the shadows of the Lomond Hills. Culross is a time capsule, whisking you back to the 17th century, The Wemyss villages are home to caves filled with Pictish and Viking drawings and the villages to the north of Fife offer easy access to Dundee, across the Tay Bridge, so you can visit the soon-to-open V+A, Scotland's first design museum.
Fife Food and Drink
Fife has all the ingredients it needs to offer top class food and drink. A mild climate, the miles and miles of coastline and the acres of lush green farmland means Fife is a haven for food lovers. There are whisky distilleries, breweries, gin distilleries, two Michelin star restaurants, farm shops, quirky cafes, fantastic restaurants creating dishes for every possible taste and independents producing everything from cheese to chillies and buffalo to Eau de Vie.
Outlander in Fife
Accommodation in Fife
Things to do in Fife
The Isle of May Boat Trips
7 Castles in Fife you have to visit
St Andrews Day in St Andrews
The best sure-fire way to see Puffins in Scotland? Isle of May Boat Trips
Scottish Deer Centre, Cupar
The Smallest Working Lighthouse in the World
5 Hidden Gems you didn't know were in Fife
Dunino Den, Fife's mystical hidden gem
The Wemyss Caves