The Kingdom of Fife

Fife isn’t far from our base in South Queensferry so it’s an ideal place to tour over a long weekend.  Head over the Queensferry Crossing and take a right into the Kingdom of Fife.

Steeped in history and with far more to offer than you think, once you’ve started discovering it, you’ll want to come back. 

Dunfermline is a great town, home to the resting place of Robert the Bruce.  A visit to Dunfermline at the start or the end of your journey is a must.

Head from Dunfermline on the Fife coastal route taking in the pretty seaside village of Aberdour.  Aberdour has won ‘Best in Bloom’ on several occasions and if you hit it in late July/early August you can take in ‘Probably the Worlds’ best small festival’ which runs over 10 days. It’s an annual highlight for locals and tourists.

Staying on that route, the road hugs the coast through Burntisland and Kinghorn, where, if you’re lucky, you may see whales jumping in the Forth estuary.  Check out the Facebook page, Marine Forth animals to see their updates and for more information.

Stick to the A921 and this will keep you on the coast road.  You’ll pass through Lundin Links with its stunning links golf course.  If you want to take wee detour you can head up the A916 to Hill of Tarvit Mansion and Garden to take in this historic Edwardian house.   Slightly further on from Lundkin Links is Upper and Lower Largo.  The latter being the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk – famous for spending four years as a castaway on an uninhabited island: an experience on which the Daniel Defoe book Robinson Crusoe was based.  The village has a statue dedicated to the life of this enigmatic man.

 

Back on the A921 you’ll come to the East Neuk of Fife.  This quiet seaside area includes Elie, St Monans, Anstruther and Crail.   One of the favourites sites of the Haggis team is Shell Bay in Elie. It’s a fantastic base to explore more of Fife. Tucked in behind a wide expanse of dunes and a sweeping sandy beach, this holiday park has won several awards.  It’s been voted as the Best Visitor Attraction in Fife and awarded Scotland’s Best Family Holiday Park  Visit their website for more information.

If you’re feeling peckish there are many great restaurants to choose from.  Anstruther or ‘Anster’ to the locals has a legendary fish and chip shop.  Sit in or take away and sit by the harbour – just don’t let the seagulls pinch your fish supper!   If you’re looking for something more high-end The Peat Inn near St Andrews  or  Craig Millar at 16 West End in St Monans are a must.

Gift inspiration or just a treat for yourself doesn’t come much better than an item from Crail Pottery.  It’s tucked away around a beautiful courtyard in Crail and is well worth a visit. Crail has picturesque, very Instagram-able harbour and lots of pretty seaside cottages.

6 miles from the world-famous St. Andrews is a secret that was kept for over 50 years.   100ft underground is RAF Troywood – a secret bunker built by the RAF in 1953 in response to the threat of nuclear war with the then, USSR.

All this and you’re not even at St. Andrews yet! These are just some of our highlights and favourite spots but we’d love to hear from you, what your hidden gems are.  Share on our Facebook or Instagram page. 

Next up we’re off to research Nethybridge and the surrounding areas!