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Welcome to Fife


Easily accessible by road, rail and bus, the Kingdom of Fife is situated on Scotland's East Coast.

The Fife Coastal Path is Scotland's longest continuous coastal path at 117 miles 

Dunfermline, once an ancient capital, is Scotland's newest city.

The Forth Bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dunfermline Abbey is the burial place of many Kings and Queens, including Robert the Bruce.

Visitors to Fife often get taken by surprise at the variety of impressive experiences that have them heading back home with their hearts full after an unforgettable break away.

Feel the warm welcome from locals as you travel around the region exploring historic towns, picturesque fishing villages and Scotland’s newest city. Fall in love with beautifully diverse landscapes from coastlines to forests and have brand new adventures in our natural playground. You’ll make memories that will warm your soul for a lifetime.

Your journey of discovery starts here. The Kingdom. Where it all begins.

3-day itinerary for a winter getaway to Fife

Embrace the elements, indulge your senses and follow this 3-day winter itinerary through Fife following a visit by Kathi Kamleitner.

Brisk walks by the beach, delicious food and drink, and getting your sweat on in a beachside sauna - is there a better way to embrace the short and dark winter days? The coast of Fife offers all this and more - it’s a delightful winter escape that will speak to all your senses. Here is a perfect 3-day itinerary for a winter getaway to Fife.

Click here to view Kathi's suggested 3-day itinerary

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Epic discoveries

Playing a vital role in Scotland’s history, Fife is rich in stories and historic sites to explore.

The village of Culross, considered to be Scotland’s most complete example of a burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries, will transport you back in time as you walk along cobbled streets amongst picturesque red-tiled roofed houses and a distinctive ochre-coloured palace.

Scotland’s newest city, Dunfermline, was once the ancient capital of Scotland and is home to a dramatic 11th century Abbey, which served as the resting place for some of Scotland’s greatest medieval monarchs, including Robert The Bruce. You can see his tomb in the New Abbey Church.

Ravenscraig Castle is one of Scotland’s earliest artillery forts. The towering façade, set on a cliff top that drops into the Firth of Forth below is quite the setting to behold.

Visit Mary Queen of Scots’ favourite holiday destination of Falkland Palace. A trip to Fife will immerse you in Scotland’s past and captivate you with its fascinating history.  

Fresh adventures

Experience unbeatable new adventures on land and water that will leave you wanting more.

It’s no surprise that Fife has been voted a ‘No 1 outdoor destination’ by Scottish Natural Heritage eight years in a row. 

Breathe in Fife’s fresh sea air and walk or cycle the Fife Coastal Path. Linking the Forth and Tay Estuaries, this 117-mile long route from Kincardine to Newburgh is split into sections so you can experience something new every time. Wildlife reserves, charming villages, historic sites, miles of beaches, there’s no shortage of things to see and do along the way.

Those seeking a faster paced adventure can enjoy the thrill of land yachting on West Sands Beach in St Andrews, eFoil in the shadow of the legendary Forth Bridge, driving at Scotland’s National Motor Sport Centre, paddle boarding, outdoor swimming or mountain biking to name a few.

There’s a fresh, new adventure waiting for you in Fife. Start planning yours today.

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Making family memories

With the highest number of national attractions in Scotland, Fife is bursting with unforgettable adventures for all the family.

Tour a busy working farm and meet the friendly animals, take an alpaca for a walk, come face-to-face with sharks at the aquarium, or visit the zoo and get up close to zebras, meerkats and much more.

Burn off some energy with a fun-filled day of climbing a giant straw bale fortress, zipline, crazy swings and bouncing pillows at Cairnie Mega Maze, or take on the maze of maize!

Kids will love Fife Cycle Park near Lochore, which is a first of its kind in Scotland. Or simply enjoy a day at one of Fife's award-winning beaches.

Little inquisitive minds will be inspired by Fife’s rich history and thriving arts and culture scene. Enjoy a family theatre show, visit one of the many museums or join Jess the Jester on a magical adventure with the ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’ augmented reality app trail.

Spend precious time together with a family adventure in Fife.

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Surprising flavours

Fine dining, farm shops and seafood with a view, Fife packs an eclectic foodie punch. 

Blessed with two of Scotland’s Michelin star restaurants, Fife’s food and drink prowess goes back generations and has evolved into the culinary wonderland that you see today. Anstruther was Scotland’s main herring fishing port and is now famous for its fish and chips. Crail hosted the largest medieval marketplace in Europe and nearby St Monans is now home to a monthly market attracting over 100,000 people. Lindores Abbey is said to be the oldest recorded distilling site in Scotland, and you can savour a dram here once more at Lindores Abbey Distillery. St Andrews is home to a gelateria that’s been scooping hand-made gelato since 1908.

Head to the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk to experience Fife's natural larder. Don’t miss the best seafood shack in Scotland as voted by TripAdvisor and get stuck in with seaside foraging trips, cook-ups on the beach and distillery tasting tours. Inland, you’ll find farm shops, fruit farms, cafes, pubs and restaurants offering a wide variety of delicious cuisine and the freshest local produce.

Explore a region full of surprising flavours and proud heritage, from buffalo mozzarella, fresh langoustine and estate-raised beef to perhaps the best fudge doughnut you’ll ever taste!

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Boost your wellbeing

Unwind, rest and reconnect in Fife, a region offering the space to soothe your soul and the freshest sea air to invigorate your senses.

Treat yourself to a luxury spa day at one of the many health clubs and spas, or head to the stunning Kingsbarns Beach or Elie Harbour and enjoy a sea swim followed by a unique sauna experience overlooking the shoreline to boost your wellbeing.

Fife is popular with wild swimmers who enjoy the miles of sandy beaches and sheltered bays. Tidal pools in Pittenweem, St Monans and Cellardyke offer beginners a great place to start too.

Watersports are proven to be beneficial to mental health and wellbeing, and Fife’s lochs and coastline are full of activities to enjoy on water. Kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing are available for all abilities.

And, for the ultimate in escapism, book a stay in one of Fife’s many luxury eco-retreats that take you off grid and provide the perfect setting within which to escape, relax and immerse yourself in nature.

Start your journey and find out how Fife can improve your wellbeing.

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The Home of Golf

There’s something incredibly special about playing golf in the region where the game was invented.

With over 50 golf courses, including the iconic Old Course at St Andrews, Fife is the undisputed Home of Golf.

Fife’s east coast is renowned for its excellent links courses, and the rolling fairways of its inland courses, such as The Dukes and Ladybank, also offer an unforgettable golfing experience.

For those looking to stay and play, the region offers a wide range of accommodation from 5-star luxury hotel resorts to cosy country cottages, self-catering apartments and University halls of residence.

When you’re not teeing-off, you can experience all that Fife has to offer, from fascinating historic sites, distilleries, artisan food and drink producers and a stunning coastline to explore. Plan your perfect golf break on and off the course.

Plan your perfect golf break on and off the course.

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Nature calling

With over 100 miles of stunning coastline, Fife is home to many wildlife watching sites and natural places to explore.

Take a boat trip to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve, an intriguing island once home to a monastery and now a national nature reserve home to over 80,000 puffins every summer.

The Fife Coastal Path passes through Dumbarnie Links near Leven where you can spot rare plants, butterflies and a variety of shore and sea birds, and Carlingnose Point in North Queensferry which is a nesting site for finches and warblers and fulmars circle the quarry cliffs. Cullaloe near Aberdour is a great birdwatching spot where lapwings and sedge warblers breed, and great crested grebes and teals visit during winter.

Families can enjoy a trip to Scotland’s National Aquarium boasting the longest underwater tunnel in the UK, The Scottish Deer Centre & Wildlife Park near Cupar where deer roam 55 acres of Fife countryside, and Fife Zoo near Ladybank that offers a wild adventure from armadillos to zebras.

Plan your adventure in Fife’s natural playground.

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