The beautiful Kingdom of Fife is full of surprises at every turn. It never fails to wow and that’s why visitors return year after year to this delightful region full of history, heritage, romance and beauty.
There’s so much to do and not always enough time to do it in. There are wonderful castles, palaces, museums and galleries. Dunfermline Abbey holds royal connections and is located in Scotland’s ancient capital, the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie. Popular with visitors is Fife’s coastal treasures, from St Andrews to the picture-postcard fishing villages of the East Neuk including Crail, Anstruther, Pittenween, St Monans and Elie.
Voted No 1 outdoor destination for the last eight years and boasting Scotland’s longest continuous coastal path, Fife is also known worldwide as the home of golf, with over 50 stunning courses to choose from including the daddy of them all – the Old Course. What’s not to love, there’s something for everyone!
So, what are you waiting for? Let us help you plan your cool short break.
Cool places to stay
Glamping in a Snowdrop tent or boat
If you love the outdoors and fancy something different, why not book a stay in the bell tents at Cambo House. Set in picturesque clearings in the woodland on the sea walk behind the mansionhouse, at night they can be atmospherically lit with fairy lights and tealight tilly lamps. But if glamping’s just a step too far, why not stay in CamBoat!
Fernie Castle Treehouse
Fernie Castle’s Treehouse Suite is exactly what it claims to be. This magical, elf-like abode is nestled snugly within the trees offering a fairytale getaway, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Complete with twinkling fairy lights and a swing, the ‘ever-after’ theme is continued inside with specially designed fableesque wooden furniture and a vast elm bed.
Balmule House has roots and features that stretch back over 500 years yet has a dramatically transformed interior, designed and crafted with every modern convenience. Set amidst 30 acres of wooded grounds just north of Dunfermline, the ancient Capital of Scotland, Balmule House offers luxury accommodation in opulent surroundings.
The epitome of grand Victorian design, Eden Mansion Hotel overlooks the Eden Estuary boasting a location and exclusivity like no other. Down the centuries this five star hotel has played host to some notable historical figures and in more recent times, movie and sports celebrities have been among its discerning guests. Built as the principle house for the Haig family, Scotland’s oldest whisky distillers, this is indeed a very special place to stay.
For a unique self-catering property, look no further than Dairsie Castle. Set in 6 acres of grounds, the castle became a ruin in the 19th Century, but was bought and rebuilt as a family home in 1992 by the current owner who has restored the castle to its original medieval character. The interior is infused with interesting artworks and sculptures which tell the story behind the castle.
Hawkswood House & The Roundel
The minute you step into Hawkswood House you know you’re somewhere special. Sleeping up to ten people, the owners have taken care to create a sense of privacy, so even when sharing the house with a group of friends you’ll always have your own relaxing space to enjoy. The Roundel is the latest exciting, luxury development at Hawkswood offering a similarly sumptuous and intimate experience.
Cool dates for your diary
1 January – 25 February
Jasleen Kaur Contemporary Art Exhibition
Dunfermline Comic Con
31 March – 10 April
On the Rocks
28 April – 1 May
Elie Scarecrow Festival
Crail Food Festival
Pittenweem Arts Festival
Cool places to visit
- Fife Zoo – be one of the first to visit the new Fife Zoo, due to open 2017.
- Lindores Abbey & Visitor Centre – opening July 2017, Fife’s latest distillery is the site of the first recorded whisky distillation in 1494.
- Dunfermline Galleries – a spectacular new museum and art gallery in the heart of Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter opening Summer 2017.
Or how about…?
- Deep Sea World – if you’re brave, dive with the sharks or get up close to them by viewing them through the longest underwater tunnel in the UK.
- Secret Bunker – travel 100ft underground to visit Scotland’s best kept secret for 40 years. Had there been a nuclear war, this is where Scotland would have been governed from.
- Knockhill Racing Circuit – adrenaline junkies will love a visit to Scotland’s national motorsport centre for some thrills and spills.
- Isle of May – take the boat from Anstuther to explore the island which is home to 120,000 puffins. Best time to see them is Apr-Aug.
- Culross Palace – step back in time and visit the nearest thing to a 16th century time capsule, also one of Fife’s Outlander film locations.
- North Queensferry – visit the world’s smallest working light tower and admire the view of the magnificent Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For more tips on visiting Fife, visit www.welcometoFife.com