Things to do in Fife

Fife, located in the eastern part of Scotland, is a region rich in history and culture, offering a unique blend of coastal charm, historical landmarks, and picturesque countryside. Known as the Kingdom of Fife, this area boasts a proud identity rooted in its royal past and significant contributions to Scotland’s heritage. From the ancient university town of St Andrews to the industrial heritage of Dunfermline, Fife encapsulates a diverse range of attractions that appeal to visitors from around the world.

The region’s coastline, one of its most spectacular features, stretches over 117 miles and is dotted with quaint fishing villages like Anstruther and Pittenweem. These villages are renowned for their historic harbors, colorful buildings, and vibrant arts scenes. Inland, Fife is characterized by rolling hills and fertile farmland, providing stunning landscapes and opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing at world-famous courses, or exploring ancient castles and ruins that pepper the landscape.

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  • The Old Course at St Andrews: Often referred to as the ‘Home of Golf’, this iconic course offers golfers a chance to walk in the footsteps of legends. A round here is a pilgrimage for many enthusiasts of the sport.
  • St Andrews Castle: Explore the ruins of this former bishop’s palace, which played a pivotal role in Scotland’s religious conflicts during the Reformation era.
  • Anstruther: This charming fishing village is famous for its award-winning fish and chips and maritime museum. The harbor area is perfect for leisurely walks.
  • Falkland Palace: Experience Renaissance grandeur at this historic palace known for its beautiful gardens and as a favorite retreat of Mary Queen of Scots.
  • National Museum of Flight: Learn about Scotland’s aviation history through interactive exhibits or even climb aboard Concorde at this fascinating museum located in East Fortune.
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts: Although not in Fife but nearby Dundee, it’s worth visiting for its exhibitions on contemporary art, cinema screenings, and creative workshops.
  • Isle of May National Nature Reserve: Accessible by boat from Anstruther, this island reserve is home to incredible wildlife including puffins and seals.
  • Culross: Step back in time with a visit to Culross (pronounced ‘Coo-ros’), one of Scotland’s most picturesque villages with well-preserved 17th-century buildings.
  • Deep Sea World: Located beneath the Forth Rail Bridge in North Queensferry, it’s one of Europe’s largest aquariums offering underwater tunnels among sharks.
  • Kellie Castle & Garden: Discover centuries-old furniture pieces and explore lush gardens at this hidden gem near Pittenweem.
  • RSPB Loch Leven: Just outside Fife but close enough for an excursion; ideal for birdwatching or enjoying peaceful walks around the loch amidst stunning scenery.