We have been celebrating Scotland's Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology all year with our competition which is showcasing some Fife highlights.
Throughout the year we have given away some great prizes from local businesses, and remember there's still a chance to win in November and December plus all entries go into the hat for the big prize at the end of the year.
In January our mystery location was the magnificent Forth Bridge. Prizes on offer were a trip with Forth Boat Tours, a trip to the world's smallest working light tower in North Queensferry and tickets to Deep Sea World.
Forth Boat Tours run boat trips on the River Forth from their base close to the three bridges. You can see the bridges from a whole new angle as you sail underneath and you’ll also find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, seals and the occasional porpoise. You can also choose to spend some time on Inchcolm Island which is home to the former Augustinian Abbey which is one of the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. You can also hire the Forth Belle for groups of up to 120 for your own cruise!
North Queensferry Light Tower is the world’s smallest working Light Tower and it sits on the Town Pier, alongside one of the engineering wonders of the world, the Forth Bridge. You can discover how the light-keeper kept the lamp burning and how the unique signalling system worked. Then become part of the tower’s history by lighting the lamp and receiving a Certificate of Competence as an Honorary Keeper of the Light.
Deep Sea World will take you on a voyage of discovery through the depths of the ocean, the breezy shorelines of Scotland, and the stifling jungles of the Amazon. Wander through the themed exhibitions and marvel at the fascinating sea creatures, marine life, and amphibians living there. Or if you're feeling brave why not try a Shark dive?
In February the answer was Wemyss Caves and the lucky winners received a bottle of Wemyss Malt Whisky and a Wemyss Ware cat from Griselda Hill Pottery.
Wemyss Malts is a family run business with a passion for whisky and connections to the industry going back to the 19th Century. Today they produce fine single cask and blended malt whiskies. The Wemyss Family are also now distilling at Kingsbarns and the first whisky will be ready in 2018.
Griselda Hill Pottery makes the distinct and famous Wemyss Ware cats. The ‘Wemyss Ware’name has had a long and distinguished history from its beginning in 1882. It is probably the most highly collectable and sought-after Scottish pottery, producing beautifully hand painted pottery cats, pigs, other animals, giftware, decorative tableware, tiles and limited editions, all made in Scotland. It is made and hand painted according to the old tradition of the ware. Each piece is hand painted and unique. The painters, who have all worked at the Pottery for over fifteen years, use a secret technique of painting which has been passed down through generations from the original designer, Karel Nekola.
In March the answer for our compeititon was St Andrews Botanic Gardens and the winners received passes to visit this oasis close to the centre of bustling St Andrews. The gardens has about 8000 species of ferns, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees are growing there. Some are native to Scotland but most grow wild in other regions of the world. All those outdoors are hardy and can be cultivated successfully in the climate around St Andrews and there are glasshouses full of more exotic plants. There's plenty to do for all the family and it's a great day out.
April's mystery location was Dunfermline. Our lucky winners received a pass to visit Dunfermline Abbey & Palace and a Daunder & Dine Tour of the town.
Dunfermline Abbey & Palace, run by Historic Environment Scotland, has a special place in the nation’s heart. Laid to rest here are some of Scotland’s great kings and queens – including Robert the Bruce. The abbey’s great nave is also the most visually stunning example of Romanesque architecture in Scotland.
Dunfermline native Jack Pryde runs Discover Dunfermline Tours, sharing his knowledge and passion for the town with visitors. Daunder & Dine combines a relaxed walk around the beautiful, historical town, ending at Grill 48 for a Scottish meal.
In May we had a golfing theme with the answer being the RICOH Women's British Open which was held at KIngsbarns Golf Links this August. The prizes were a stay and play golf break, tickets to the Women's British Open and tickets for the British Golf Museum.
The Stay & Play prize included a two night stay at the Best Western Dunfermline Keavil House Hotel with a rounds of golf at Burntisland Golf House Club and Aberdour Golf Club.
The RICOH Women's British Open returned to Fife and to a new venue at Kingsbarns Golf Links. The competition brought the world's best women golfers to the Kingdom and provided a great showcase for the area to golfers and non golfers.
The British Golf Museum, right across from the world famous Old Course in St Andrews has the biggest collection of golf memorabilia in Europe. Make a visit and enjoy 600 years of golf history, exclusive shopping and a relaxed dining experience all under one roof.
The Best Western Dunfermline Keavil House Hotel is a leading country house & leisure spa in a beautiful, rural setting, but just 2 miles from Scotland's ancient capital, Dunfermline. Nestling in 12 acres of landscaped gardens, it's the perfect venue for getaways, weddings and business meetings.
Golf has been played at Burntisland since 1797 – historians suggest 1688 - and the original Burntisland Golf Club is officially recognised as the 10th oldest club in the world. Today the club is known as Burntisland Golf House Club. Although the course is not long, its generous fairways, lush grass and links type greens offer the visitor many different challenges and tests of shotmaking to score well – and fun too for golfers of all abilities! Overlooking the historic holiday town of Burntisland, the views over the Firth of Forth and towards the famous Forth Bridges are truly stunning.
Aberdour Golf Club was voted the fourth best golfing experience in Scotland by the readers of Bunkered magazine. This private members golf course has breathtaking vistas looking over the River Forth across to Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. The fantastic facilities include the Riverview Lounge (with panoramic views) and a host of other features for members, golf outings and casual visitors.
In June we had a maritime and Outlander theme and the answer was the Reaper. The main prize was tickets for the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. In a spectacular location opposite the harbour in this lovely fishing village, in the East Neuk of Fife the museum tells the story of the Scottish fishing industry, its boats, harbours and communities. The Museum displays cover virtually every aspect of the industry and community, both at sea and on shore. The variety and beauty of old fishing boats are shown in the models and original vessels, including the Reaper and White Wing that still go to sea. The Museum also has a great programme of regular exhibitions and events.
July's answer was Lindores Abbey, and we gave away Membership to the Lindores Preservation Society. Lindores Abbey, or the ‘Church by the Water’, was founded in 1191 by David Earl of Huntingdon, on land overlooking the Estuary of the River Tay, given to him by his brother King William I. Although a relatively unknown site today, Lindores Abbey was once a very important and wealthy place, visited by Kings and Queens, warriors and statesmen. This year Lindores Abbey Distillery opened its doors, bringing back distilling to a historic site where whisky making was taking place at least as early as 1494, although it was most probably happening long before that.
Next month we'll be highlighting the answers and prizes from August to December and remember all entries throughout the year will be entered into the draw for the following prizes: