Guide to Fife
The Kingdom of Fife is renowned for two things; first and foremost it’s plethora of top quality golf courses, but also it’s shape, which resembles the head of a dog. Situated on the east coast of Scotland, just north of the capital city, Fife is a small, but perfectly formed county – albeit dog-shaped.
Things to do
This region of Scotland has an important place in history, as it’s the birthplace of many famous names, including Adam Smith (philosopher) and Andrew Carnegie (industrialist). Dunfermline, the ancient capital has a regal past, with Dunfermline Palace and Abbey at the heart of it. If you fancy hitting the green, head over to St. Andrews, which is famous for being the birthplace of golf. Other attractions include Falkland Palace, Scottish Fisheries Museum and St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
Although steeped in history, the Kingdom of Fife is also a modern holiday destination, with musicals on at the theatres and local bands playing gigs. If you happen to be visiting in the summer, make sure you take the time to go to the East Neuk Festival – one of the highlights of the calendar.
Where to shop
Celebrate the local economy by heading to the shops in one of the main towns or smaller villages. Whether you’re looking for quaint handmade crafts to take home or clothing from one of the many boutiques, you’ll be able to find it in Fife. St. Andrews has a wide range of independent shops for you to enjoy, but if you’re after something a bit more crafty, try Pittenweem or Crail Pottery.
Where to eat
With a natural larder on your doorstep, it’s easy to see why the cafes, bars, restaurants and other eateries have so much pride in using the local produce. There are award-winning restaurants across the whole of the Kingdom of Fife, so whether you’re looking for fine dining or a laid back lunch, there’ll be something to suit your budget.
Top 5 eateries:
Everest Inn, Dunfermline
Critchon’s Kitchen, Methil
Room With a View, Aberdour
Clippies Fayre, Kelty
Peat Inn, St. Andrews
Where to stay
Camping and campervanning is incredibly popular for Scottish holidays – there are parks all over the Fife region, but wild camping is also allowed. Fife is also home to a number of hotels and B&Bs, but where’s the fun in that?
A camper gives you the freedom you need to explore the entire region. Traditional accommodation will restrict you to seeing snippets of Fife, rather than the whole Kingdom. So, if you’re looking to hire a campervan, head on over to Rockinvans now!
Top 5 campsites:
Nydie Caravan And Camping Site, St. Andrews
Woodland Gardens Caravan Site, Leven
Craigtoun Meadows Holiday Park, St. Andrews
Duloch Hamlet, 10 miles outside of Edinburgh
Tayport Links Caravan Park, Tayport