Fife

The Fife Coastal Path

The southwest of Fife was built on Coal and linoleum and other industries that are much run-down whereas the prosperous-looking rural northeast couldn't be more different. Northeast Fife consists of St Andrews and the East Neuk and this is the area to see. The East Neuk of Fife is a string of beautiful old fishing villages. Other destinations worth a visit are Falkland, Cupar and the Howe of Fife. Here, you'll find Falkland Palace, one of Scotland's most remarkable historic buildings. The Fife Coastal trail is a favourite amongst walkers. For the purposes of dividing Fife, the Private House Stays categorisation of attractions, lists all attractions East and South of Cupar as being part of the East Neuk villages.


  • Museums and Art Galleries

    There are a number of smallish museums in Fife towns that are not especially significant but still interesting for those wanting a greater understanding of the history of the area. These include Buckhaven museum, The Carnegie Museum, Inverkeithing Museum, Kirkcaldy Museum, Laing Museum and Methill Heritage Centre.

  • Birdwatching

    The Bird watching locations that are particularly recommended in Fife include Carlingnose Point near North Queensferry (a great place to spot migrant birds in the Forth Estuary), Cullaloe outside Burntisland (for Woodcock and waders), Lielowan Meadow (near Dunfermline (for collared doves, reed bunting and snipe, Fleecefauld Meadow near Cupar (for bullfinch, snipe and song thrush), Dumbarnie links near Leven (for shylark, meadow pipit, buzzard, kestrel, heron, curlew, redshank, turnstone, oystercatcher and eider), Baryards Marsh near Elie (for sedge warbler, reed bunting and wren), West Quarry Braes (good for breeding birds and migrant passerines), Bankhead Moss near Pitscottie (for redpoll and tits), Kilminning coast (for oystercatcher, redshank, eider, fulmer, gannet, auks, divers, terns, skuars and shearwater)

    • Golf

      Fife is at the heart of what is considered to be the greatest golfing area in the world - the stretch between Carnoustie in Angus and Dunbar in East Lothian. There are over 45 courses in Fife that include the 7 courses in and around St Andrews. The Old Course at St Andrews is a public course that allocates tee-times by ballot each day, but many of the surrounding courses are earsier to play and have a similar flavour. Other recommended courses include Kings Barns, Ladybank, Leven, Lundin Links, Scotscraig, Elmwood, Aberdour, Charleton, Elie and Balcomie.

      • Long Distance Walks

        The Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north and stretches for 117 miles. The path is clearly waymarked and offers a range of walking experiences from the easy and level, to the wild and demanding. Whether done in bite sized chunks or as a long distance route there is definitely something for everyone.

        • Ancient Castles

          Fife is a great area for finding interesting ancient castles, some still functioning dwellings and others ruined from neglect. However ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In particular the fantastic Falkland Palace has lovely gardens as does Crichton Castle. In addition to those with links below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Macduff Castle, Rosyth Castle and Scotstarvet Tower.

        • Outdoor Activities

          There are a number of outdoor activity parks in the Fife area. Private House Stays has identified the following for your consideration: Town Hill Country Park Dunfermline, Pittencrieff Park, Lochore Meadows Country Park, Craigluscar Activities, Ravenscraig Park Nature Trail, Blairadam & Edensmuir Forest Walks and Dunnikier Park Nature Trail

        • Tourist Attractions

          There are a number of other tourist actractions in the Fife area. Private House Stays has identified the following for your consideration: The Dogton Stone, St Serfs Tower, Kirkcaldy Ice Rink and The Robinson Crusoe Statue.

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