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Fife:  Accommodation

Being in the east of the country, the Kingdom of Fife is generally drier and warmer than many other parts. As well as having treasures all of its own, good road and rail links links make it an ideal base for exploring other areas such as Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh; all of which are within easy reach.

Tourist attractions include a number of coastal villages such as Aberdour, Crail, Elie and Anstruther among others. St Andrews, of course, has its own character and charm. The North Sea Cycle Route passes through the region and the newly developed Fife Coastal Path is popular with both locals and visitors.
 

Crail Harbour

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Dunfermline Abbey

Dunfermline Abbey is the remains of a great Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th century.

St Andrews Castle

There has been a fortification of some sort at this site since the late 1100's. St. Andrews castle has been through many changes in ownership, alternating between the English and the Scots. After the siege of 1337, the Scots destroyed the castle so that the English would find it unusable.

St Monans Windmill

A glimpse of Fife's industrial heritage, this was part of the St Monans saltpans complex. Free admission.

Kellie Castle

Near Pittenweem. The castle dates from the 14th century and has been restored in relatively recent times. Also of interest is the walled garden in the castle grounds.

       

Museums and Galleries:

Crail Museum

The museum and heritage centre give a glimpse of life in the old Royal Burgh. Admission is free.

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Anstruther harbour. Fishing is clearly a significant industry in the area and this museum in Anstruther provides a history from early times to the present day.

British Golf Museum

Where else but St Andrews? Traces the history of the game in the UK and abroad.

Laing Museum

Main Street, Newburgh on the River Tay. Newburgh's history from medieval times to maritime and industrial town. Free admission.

Crawfords Arts Centre

Crawfords Arts Centre

St Andrews. A varied programme of arts and crafts exhibitions. Admission free - open all year except between Christmas & New Year

Methil Heritage Centre

Methil Heritage Centre

Focusing on the heritage of Methil and surrounding area.

Andrew Carnegie Museum

Dunfermline. The cottage where he was born and the museum tell the story of one of Dunfermline's famous sons.

Abbot House Heritage Centre

Abbot House Heritage Centre

Dunfermline. In its time it has been an Abbot's home, a laird's mansion, an iron foundry and an art school. It has been steeped in history as wave after wave of events washed over it.

Artery Gallery

Artery Gallery

St Andrews. We exhibit contemporary and abstract art from Scottish Artists and artists from all over the world. We also exhibit hand made jewellery, ceramics, glass, metal art, handmade clocks and handmade mirrors to name a few.

     
       

Parks and Gardens:

Scottish Deer Centre

The Scottish Deer Centre in Rankeilour Park, by Cupar, has a variety of deer species and is also home to a collection of birds of prey. There are woodland trails, treetop walkways, covered shelter areas for the family picnic and children's play areas.

Cambo Estate Gardens

Cambo Estate Gardens

Near Kingsbarns. The house is not open to the public but the gardens are and there are woodland walks following the stream down to the sea.

Lochore Meadows

Lochore Meadows Country Park is in Crosshill, near Lochgelly. Admission to the park is free. Activities include fishing, golf, sailing and horse riding. There are also walks and there's a cafe.

St Andrews Botanic Garden

Cannongate, St Andrews. Now set in 18 acres, the garden was originally on a much more modest scale and was founded by the University of St. Andrews in 1889. Open all year.

       

Visitor Attractions:

Deep Sea World

North Queensferry, below the Forth rail bridge. Said to have Europe's largest collection of sand tiger sharks. Many other exhibits, rock pools and so on.

Scotland's Secret Bunker

In the event of nuclear war, this is where government was supposed to retreat. A labyrinthine centre built 100ft underground and encased in reinforced concrete.

St Andrews Aquarium

The Scores, St Andrews. Another underwater experience. Open all year.

Fife Animal Park

Collesie, near Cupar

Silver Sands

This is a deservedly popular area near Aberdour with parkland and a beach in a fine bay. The Fife Coastal Path and the Millenium Cycle Route both pass through.

St Andrews Preservation Trust and Gardens

St Andrews Preservation Trust and Gardens

A sixteenth century house with displays and artefacts illustrating the heritage of the town.

Charlestown Workshops

Charlestown, near Rosyth. Workshops dedicated to preserving the traditional building crafts working with stone and lime.

Culross

This heritage village is really a must-see for visitors to the area.

       

Sport & Leisure:

Horse Riding

Barbarafield Riding Centre at Craigrothie, near Cupar, in the Howe of Fife offers qualified instruction and lessons.

Waterskiing

Waterskiscotland, Scotland's National training Centre for water-skiing and wakeboarding based at Townhill Country Park, near Dunfermline, offers full equipment hire and coaching for all levels. Beginners very welcome.

Country Sports

Newton Farm, near Wormit on the Firth of Tay. Fly fishing, clay shooting, off-road driving and quad biking, all in superb hilltop setting.

Watersports

Elie Watersports is situated in the popular holiday resort of Elie in Fife. The sandy curve of Elie Bay encloses a wonderful expanse of sheltered water, making it the finest setting for beginners on Scotland's East Coast. Beyond the bay, the open sea offers a challenge to the more proficient participant.

Fishing

Loch Fitty Trout and Coarse Fishery. Open Mar-Dec. Natural Scottish loch with hard fighting fish.

Multi-Activity

East Neuk Outdoors offers courses in a range of activities, including kayaking, abseiling, archery and canoeing.

   
       

Tours:

Scottish Cycling Holidays

Cycle the Fife Millenium Cycle Ways with us on a self-led or group tour. Short breaks and cycle hire.

Scotland for Golf

Twenty years experience of successful golf organisation.

Calluna Tours

Small group personalised tours and airport transfers.

Scotland Tours Co

Scotland Tours Co and 1st Events Ltd: creating great vacations in Scotland for groups and individuals - golf, touring, Celtic, city breaks and festivals.

       

Car Hire:

CC Chauffeur Cars

Travel in style: full and half day tours, airport and hotel transfers, wedding transport and golf tours.

Taste of Scotland

Taste of Scotland (Bespoke Tours): luxury chauffeur-driven cars for any occasion.

St Andrews Executive Travel

Golf travel, airport transfers, chauffeur driven tours.

Good News Car Hire

Kirkaldy.

       

Selected Accommodation in Fife
 

Hotels

Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Kingswood Hotel, Burntisland
Strathtyrum House, St Andrews
Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
King Malcolm Hotel, Dunfermline
Best Western Scores Hotel, St Andrews
Bruce Inn, Falkland
Greenside Hotel, Glenrothes
Rufflets Hotel, St Andrews

Pinewood Country House, St Andrews
Dunclutha Guest House, Leven
Waterfront Guest House, Anstruther
Lomond Guest House, Leven
Links Guest House, Burntisland
Five Pilmour Place, St Andrews
Honeypot, Crail
Struan Bank Hotel, Cowdenbeath

Rannoch House B&B, Falkland
Kirkton Barns, Tayport
Scotties B&B, Kirkcaldy
Wester Dura B&B, Cupar
30 Drumcarrow Road, St Andrews
Platform 5A, North Queensferry
Dunedin, Kirkcaldy
Clans Guest House, Leven
Ashgrove, Kirkcaldy
Millhouse, St Andrews
Redwood Cottage, Auchtermuchty
Colstoncraig, Crail
Elendil B&B, Inverkeithing
Fairway, Blebo Craigs
Milton Lea, St Andrews
Meadowside, Cupar
Fantasia, Leven
Ferrymuir Stables, Cupar
Balhousie Farm, Upper Largo
69 Cromwell Road, Burntisland
Pitmilly West Lodge, Kingsbarns
Little Carron Cottage, St Andrews
Bankhead House, Leven
Number 52, Cupar
No 12 B&B, St Andrews
Invertiel B&B, Kirkcaldy
39C B&B, Burntisland
Lahloo Bed and Breakfast, Anstruther
Troustrie House, Crail

Self Catering

Caravans

Hostels/Bunkhouses

The Keep, St Andrews
The Dunes, St Andrews
The Haven, St Andrews
Crail Holiday Home, Crail
Castaway Cottages, Lower Largo
Abbotshill House, Newburgh
East Wing Lawers, Auchertool, Kirkcaldy
Crail Post House, Crail
The Courtyard, Dalgety Bay
Emsdorf Place, Lundin Links
Wee White Cottage, Lundin Links
Shorelands Studio, North Queensferry
Helena Cottage, Elie
Baincraig Lodge, Auchtermuchty
138 North Street, St Andrews
Harbourhead, Cellardyke
Waverley Place, Upper Largo
Westbourne Cottage, Anstruther
Elie Cottage, Elie
The Crail Residence, Crail
Pitcairlie Apartments, Auchtermuchty
3mac Apartment, Dunfermline
The Wee Cottage, Crail
Keilsden Cottage, Lundin Links
Queensberry Flat, North Queensberry
Neuk Hoose, Crail
Glen Lyon, Cardenden
Rockpool Cottage, Lower Largo
23 Brandy Wells, Cairneyhill
Tappit Hoose, Crail

 

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