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The ultimate City and Coast experience in Fife

10 October


When it comes to experiencing the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban charm, the Kingdom of Fife is a hidden gem that has it all. Nestled on the east coast of Scotland, a visit to Fife will leave you enchanted and inspired.

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Explore Fife's stunning coastline

Fife Coastal Path hugs the sometimes rocky, sometimes sandy but always spectacular coast of Fife.  Prepare for breathtaking scenery, a mouthwatering selection of foodie gems to eat and drink along the way, fascinating insights into history, traditional fishing villages, glorious beaches and wildlife galore. Stretching 117 miles, it's Scotland's longest continuous coastal path. You can also break it up and tackle one of the smaller stretches? 

Or if you fancy a more leisurely walk, start your journey by visiting the historic University town of St Andrews. Walk along the iconic West Sands beach, which was featured in the movie 'Chariots of Fire' and feel the gentle sea breeze as you explore the endless shores. Don't forget to explore the charming coastal East Neuk villages, such as Crail with it's picturesquie harbour or Anstruther where you'll be spoiled for choice with award-winning fish and chip shops including The Wee Chippy and the famous Anstruther Fish Bar.

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Discover historic gems

The Kingdom of Fife is steeped in history, offering a treasure trove for heritage lovers. Why not visit the city of Dunfermline, once Scotland's ancient capital to explore Dunfermline Abbey, the final resting place of Robert the Bruce or 16th Century Abbot House, Dunfermline's oldest building.

Along the coast you'll find many historic gems such as Aberdour Castle, thought to be among the oldest standing masonry castles in Scotland and Ravenscraig Castle, Kirkcaldy, a heavily fortified castle originally built as a royal residence for Queen Mary of Gueldres in 1460. Or follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who made their way to St Andrews where you can enjoy a day exploring the historic buildings in the heart of St Andrews including the St Andrews Cathedral and Castle. Why not climb St Rule's Tower for breath-taking views of the town and coastine.

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Savour sumptuous seafood

Fife is one of Scotland’s most exciting foodie destinations and local seafood features prominently on menus. Boasting two Michelin starred restaurants - The Peat Inn and The Cellar, as well as a host of others that are Michelin recommended, award-winning chefs as well as places to eat with stunning coastal views, you really will be spoiled for choice. Savour fresh seafood in one of the coastal villages including Room with a View in Aberdour, The Newport, Newport-on-Tay or East Pier Smokehouse in St Monans, for a foodie experience you'll never forget.

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Soak up the arts and culture scene

The Kingdom of Fife is a hub of creativity. Explore the thriving arts scene by visiting one of the galleries including the award-winning Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries or the Kirkcaldy Galleries. Or visit one of the wonderful museums, from the quaint Fife Folk Museum in Ceres, Scotland's only Museum of Communication in Burntisland to the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline. And for a fantastic night out, be sure to catch a performance at one of the theatres.

You can also discover local artists and craftsmen showcasing their talents in the charming local boutiques and markets. Dates for the diary include the Largo Arts Winter Weekend, Open Studios events held throughout the year and the popular Pittenweem Arts Festival, which takes place annually in August.

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Dining in the city

Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland, is not just a city steeped in history but also a culinary destination waiting to be discovered. With a wide range of dining options, from traditional Scottish fare to international cuisine, Dunfermline offers a delectable journey for food enthusiasts.

Dunfermline's culinary scene is as diverse as its history. Choose from indian street food at Dhoom, traditional restaurants including The Canmore House Bar & Restaurant to Carlucci the oldest italian restaurant in the city. For fine dining, Jack O'Bryans offer eclectic menus of dishes featuring the best local produce, and the Garvock House Hotel is perfect for special occosions. 


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Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site

For the ultimate coastal experience, start your journey at North Queensferry to visit the iconic Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the engineering marvel, watch the passing trains and explore the new Forth Bridges Trail. Don't miss the world's smallest working light tower where you can even light the lamp and receive a certificate!

Just a few miles along the coast, stop off at Culross, popular with Outlander fans and a real step back in time. Then head northwards along the coast to explore the many charming coastal towns and villages along the way, including Limekilns, Aberdour, Burntisland, Dysart and Leven.

Your journey to discover starts here. Discover more at The Kingdom. Where it all begins

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