Everyone is heading to Dundee, the ‘coolest little city in Britain’ according to GQ magazine, to visit the much anticipated V&A Dundee – the first V&A museum in the world outside of London. If you’re visiting, you’d be mad not to cross the Tay Bridge to explore the beautiful Kingdom of Fife!
Here are our top tips:
1. One for the photo album, take a drive along the East Neuk to visit the picture-postcard fishing villages. You won’t be disappointed! Crail Harbour is one of the UK’s most photographed harbours. Whilst you are there, enjoy an al fresco lobster lunch from the Lobster Hut.
2. Visit the site where the first recorded written evidence of whisky distillation was recorded back in 1494 at Lindores Abbey Distillery in Newburgh. Enjoy a fascinating tour of Fife’s newest distillery and you can even experience making your own Aqua Vitae in the Apothecary. So cool!
3. If you’re a foodie, catch the Bowhouse Food Weekend which takes place once a month, or if you’re here mid-week, check out the Balgove Night Market. Both highly recommended. If you want to dine and enjoy views across the Tay to the V&A, book lunch or dinner at The Newport, owned by Masterchef Professionals 2014 Winner Jamie Scott.
4. One for the bucket list, take a selfie on the Swilcan Bridge on the iconic Old Course. Sunday is the only day there’s no play so you are free to walk on the course…you can even take your dog! Or if you’re more of a history buff, visit St Andrews Cathedral, the remains of Scotland's most magnificent medieval church.
5. If you’re an Outlander fan, a must stop is the charming village of Falkland which appears in the very first episode of Outlander and features again several times in both series one (1940s Inverness) and two (1960s Inverness). The Palace is well worth a visit and home to the UK’s oldest real tennis court.
6. Step back in time on a visit to Scotland’s ancient capital to uncover thousands of years of history. Visit the Abbey where Robert the Bruce is buried, or check out the new Dunfermline Carnegie Museum and Library. Did you know this was the world’s first library, gifted by Andrew Carnegie, once the world’s richest man, to his birthplace.
7. Step across the Tay Bridge and join the Fife Coastal Path, Scotland’s longest continuous coastal walk stretching 117 miles, and also listed as one of Scotland’s Great Trails. Fill your lungs with the sea air and enjoy breathtaking coastal views along the way.
For more things to see and do in the Kingdom, check out our Things to Do pages.