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Ditch the car and explore the Kingdom

08 August


Make the most of Fife’s extensive public transport network and explore the Kingdom without worrying about parking, fuel costs or Sat Nav taking you the wrong way! 

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The incredibly picturesque village of Culross has gained worldwide fame as a location for time-travelling television hit Outlander. However, you don’t need to travel through time to visit this famous Fife destination – simply jump on a No 8 bus from Dunfermline Bus Station. The journey to Culross takes about 30 minutes and the bus stop at Culross Palace is an excellent starting point for a tour of the village. 

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With its stunning, safe beaches and fascinating castle, Aberdour’s a great place for all the family. The journey from Waverley Station to Aberdour only takes 31 minutes (and features a trip over the iconic Forth Bridge), while it’s only an hour from Dundee (a train ride which also features crossing a famous railway bridge). There are also regular trains to Aberdour from Fife’s many railway stations, including Kirkcaldy (16 minutes), Cupar (42 minutes) and Dunfermline (47 minutes). 

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Fife Coastal Path

With a bit of planning, it’s possible to undertake much of the Fife Coastal Path without a car - or by parking your car at the start of your walk and then taking the bus back to your car.  

From Dunfermline, the No 8 bus will take you to Kincardine, starting point of the Fife Coastal Path, while the No 7 bus carries passengers from Dunfermline to Leven and the No 95 goes from Leven to St Andrews via the East Neuk. From St Andrews, it’s possible to take the No 92 bus to Tayport, Newport-on-Tay and onto Wormit and the end of the Fife Coastal Path.  

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The East Neuk

Most of the charming fishing villages that cling to the top corner of Fife are easily-accessible by public transport. There’s a No 95 bus from St Andrews to Leven bus approximately every hour and it passes through Crail, Anstruther and St Monans. If you’d like to extend your journey along the coast, you can change from the No 95 to the No 7 at Leven and travel all the way to Dunfermline. This makes for the perfect day out.

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Tentsmuir Forest

If you prefer two-wheels to four wheels, take your bike on the train to Leuchars (bikes travel free on Scotrail services but check in case you need to reserve a space) and then take the No 42 or No 99 bus to Tentsmuir Forest.. Or you could just cycle there – Tentsmuir’s only a few miles from Leuchars. This stunning nature reserve overlooking the Tay Estuary has miles and miles of sandy tracks through beautiful woodlands – look out for red squirrels dashing up pine trees, seals basking on the sand and dolphins diving through the waves. 

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Falkland Palace

This stunning royal residence in the centre of Falkland is a great place to visit, with its breathtakingly restored interior and extensive gardens – and the village of Falkland has the added bonus of several good eating places. There’s no train station nearby but you can take the train to either Leuchars or Glenrothes and then catch the No 64 bus, which runs regularly to and from Falkland.  

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Muddy Boots, Kingskettle

Rain or shine, Muddy Boots is a great place for kids to run about, climb, pedal, sledge and have lots of fun! Take the train or bus to Cupar and you’re almost there! The very-frequent 94A bus goes from the Crossgate in Cupar to a bus stop just along from the entrance to Muddy Boots. 

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