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Cycling the Fife Coast

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Keen cyclist and Sustainability Researcher James Bonner took a 3 day cycle around the Fife coast, taking in some of its natural and cultural attractions.
Anstruther to Kirkcaldy

Anstruther to Kirkcaldy

Pittenweem: After a beautiful sunrise in Anstruther, my first stop in the morning just a few kilometres away was the Cocoa Tree Shop in Pittenweem for some coffee - which felt like a little bit of Belgium or France in the middle of Fife! Not to be missed- and I even got a voucher as a Christmas present for my sister… (http://www.pittenweemchocolate.co.uk/)  

East along the coast: Passing through the picturesque villages of St Monans and Ellie, I cycled onto the towns of Leven, Buckhaven and towards Kirkcaldy. Notably the traffic on the roads gets a bit heavier around these population centres, as cyclists should continue to take some extra care. 

Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy

 One of the main towns on the coast, Kirkcaldy is a good stop for all kinds of amenities. In particular art lovers will enjoy the highly impressive collection of Scottish art at the town’s galleries- works by William McTaggert, S.J. Peploe and Jack Vettriano are on display in its permanent collection. (https://www.onfife.com/kirkcaldy-galleries-art-gallery

Kirkcaldy to Dunfermline

Kirkcaldy to Dunfermline

Buntisland and Aberdour: Along the coast these two historic villages have some of the best beaches on the coastline (which I’ll need to come and visit in the spring/summer), while Aberdour’s 13th century castle is an historic treasure.

Dalgety Bay to Dunfermline: With plans to meet and stay with a friend in Dunfermline, I was glad to find a good cycle/walking path off the main road to take you north from Dalgety Bay train station up a bit of a hill towards Dunfermline. Such infrastructure really helps make cycling safer and more enjoyable.

Hidden Golf Treasures

Hidden Golf Treasures

Fife is known all over the world as the Home of Golf with the most famous course in the world - the Old Course at St Andrews - at the top of many golfers must visit list. But we also have lots of other wonderful courses and we've picked a selection which are well worth playing.

 

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Fife Historic Highlights

Fife Historic Highlights

Joanna Rodgers, Operations Officer at MUSA (Museum of the University of St Andrews) shares top tips on her favourite historic highlights to visit on a day out in the Kingdom, as well as where to eat out.

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The Wild Fife Five to spot

The Wild Fife Five to spot

Heard of the Famous Five? Well here’s Fife’s wildlife famous five for you to spot throughout the seasons on land, sea and on the skyline when you’re out and about. Comical puffins on the Isle of May, soaring sea eagles and colourful dragonflies. Look out in autumn for scurrying squirrels on the red squirrel trail in Devilla Forest and cute seals along the Tentsmuir shoreline.

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Fife Five history hot spots

Fife Five history hot spots

Visit the places where history left its mark! Immerse yourself in ancient tales of people and places. Follow in the footsteps of royal history, experience the favourite places of Mary Queen of Scots and journey pilgrims’ travels. Be inspired by Outlander, see medieval masterpieces and don’t forget to share your historic tales.

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