IF you’ve never visited the Kingdom of Fife…or not for a while, there couldn’t be a better time to explore this stunning region. With the new Queensferry Crossing set to open in May this year as well as some exciting new visitor attractions, 2017 is the perfect time to make the trip.
Cross the iconic Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enter the land of Outlander and a beautifully compact Kingdom designed to surprise. In a region brimming full of history, heritage, romance and beauty that never fails to wow, one visit is never enough.
Voted number one 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. And did you know Fife also lays claim to being the Home of Whisky?
Lindores Abbey Distillery & Visitor Centre
Opening this Summer, the much-anticipated Lindores Abbey Distillery and Visitor Centre will be newest jewel in the visitor crown. The site is where the first written evidence of whisky distillation was recorded in 1494.
The famed whisky writer, the late Michael Jackson wrote that for those who enjoyed a dram, a visit to the abbey was essential, declaring that ‘for the whisky lovers, it is a pilgrimage’.
Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries
Not only the town’s newest landmark, but also a welcome addition to Scotland’s cultural offering destined to attract new visitors, both young and old to Scotland’s once ancient capital.
This spectacular space links superbly to the world’s first Carnegie Library and provides attractions for everyone to experience and enjoy: including a new museum over two floors, three contemporary exhibition galleries, a Reading Room, a large modern children’s library and a mezzanine café with stunning views over the landscaped garden to Dunfermline Abbey and the Heritage Quarter.
The newest bridge from Fife – the Queensferry Crossing – is due to open in May this year. The stunning, globally unique bridge will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span.
Standing next to the Forth Road Bridge and the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge, the three bridges are definitely a sight worth seeing and a great subject for any keen photographers.
Why not walk across the Forth Bridge for great views of the oldest and newest crossings on either side or visit the charming village of North Queensferry for a different perspective.
Set amidst 650 acres of rolling countryside, you’ll discover the gorgeous setting of Braeside of Lindores. Amidst their ambitious plans for this year are two further luxury lodges; one a couples retreat and the other will sleep up to four. Visit and you’ll never want leave!
This is also where you can take your horse on holiday and was the setting for the hay bale stunt by Danny MacAskill in his ‘Wee Day Out’ video. Reporting Scotland described the scenes as ‘the Scottish countryside at its best – if not its most relaxing!! Just watch the original film then decide for yourself.
Families will be able to get back to nature with a visit to the new Fife Zoo, due to open later this year. It’s all being kept pretty well under wraps as to what animals they’ll have, but promises more exotic types, some endangered animals and some not previously seen in Scotland! The café – Africafe – is already open and worth a visit.
Festivals to visit
- Crail Food Festival (10-11 June)
- East Neuk Festival (28 Jun – 2 July)
- Ricoh Women’s British Open (3-6 August)
- Pittenweem Arts Festival (5-13 August)
- St Andrews Voices (26-29 October)
Some other hidden gems to explore
Isle of May
Take a boat trip to this beautiful island to witness incredible wildlife. It is home to over 200,000 seabirds including 46,000 pairs of puffins!
Visit the world’s smallest working light tower and admire the view of the magnificent Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Step back in time with a visit to Culross, unique survival, a town that time passed by. It’s also one of the Fife film locations used in the Outlander drama series.
For more tips on visiting Fife and things to do, visit www.welcometoFife.com