Heritage Britain

The county of Fife, Scotland


The ancient Kingdom of Fife lies just north of Edinburgh beyond the Firth of Forth and is easily reached by road and rail. It is a land steeped in tradition with an outstanding heritage. For long before Edinburgh, the Kingdom was the centre of secular and religious power in Scotland. Dunfermline was the stronghold of Celtic Kings and in the grounds of its Abbey – the splendid “Westminster of the North” – lie buried twenty-two kings, queens, princes and princesses. Robert the Bruce himself lies directly beneath the carved oak pulpit. Here you may visit the shrine of St Margaret or the birthplace of the richest man in the world, Andrew Carnegie. Dunfermline is also a town of peaceful parks and gardens. Pittencrieff Park alone is set in 76 acres of woodland, lawns and formal gardens and is a sanctuary to many species of birds.

Further north St Andrews, now better known as the home of golf, was, before the Reformation, the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland. It took builders more than 150 years to complete the construction of the cathedral, the largest ever to be built in Scotland and now, more than 7 centuries later visitors still marvel at its splendour. Close by is the castle which was built as the bishop’s palace. Steep cliffs protected it to the north while rock-cut ditches once defended the landward approaches.

Along the coast the delightful fishing villages of the East Neuk and 17th century Culross are separated by stretches of fine golden sand. Inland the countryside is a haven for birdwatchers, ramblers and those who just wish to escape to a land of peace for a while.

There are historic houses all over the Kingdom, including the Royal Palace at Falkland, which was once the principal hunting lodge of the Stewart Dynasty. Today it is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland and is open to the public from April to October.

Where to stay and things to do in Fife

Hotels | Bed and Breakfast | Pubs and Inns | Self Catering | Places to Visit | Museums and Art Galleries | Gardens | Castles | Cathedrals | Weddings and Honeymoons | Conferences, Seminars and Corporate Events | Abbeys and Priories | Restaurants | Tourist Information Centres | Fife Towns | Historic Fife

Selected Fife hotels - Please Refresh for another random Hotel list

Lomond Hills Hotel, Freuchie
Rufflets Country House, St Andrews
King Malcolm, Dunfermline
Best Western Keavil House Hotel, Crossford
Pitbauchlie House Hotel, Dunfermline
Sandford Country House Hotel, St Andrews
Swallow Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links (Near St Andrews)
Old Manor Hotel, Leven
Brook Queensferry Hotel, Edinburgh
Golden Acorn Wetherlodge, Glenrothes

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Explore Fife Towns

Aberdour | Anstruther | Anstruther, Fife | Auchtermuchty | Burntisland | Burntisland, Fife | Cardenden | Charlestown | Coaltown of Balgonie (nr Kirkcaldy)* | Coaltown of Wemyss (near Kirkcaldy) | Colinsburgh | Collinsburgh | Crail | Crossford | Culross | Cupar | Dunfermaline | Dunfermline | Dunfirmaline | Dunino | Edinburgh | Elie | Falkland | Falkland, Glenrothes | Freuchie | Glasgow | Glenrothes | Incholm | Kinghorn | Kinghorn, Fife | Kirkcaldy | Kirkcaldy (ST ANDREWS nineteen miles) | Largo (nr St Andrews) | Leven | Lower Largo | Lundin Links (Near St Andrews) | Markinch | Newburgh | North Queensferry | Nr St Andrews | Pittenweem | Saint Andrews | South Queensferry | St Andrew's | St Andrews | St Andrews, Fife | St Monans | St. Andrews | Strathkinness | Townhill |

Fife Tourist Information Centres

Anstruther Tourist Information Centre
Scottish Fisheries Museum
Harbourhead
Anstruther
Fife
Central Scotland
Scotland
KY10 3AB
Tel: +44 (0) 1333 311073
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Crail Tourist Information Centre
Crail Museum & Heritage Centre
62-64 Marketgate
Crail
Fife
Central Scotland
Scotland
KY10 3TL
Tel: +44 (0) 1333 450869
email: click here

Dunfermline Tourist Information Centre
1 High Street
Dunfermline
Fife
Central Scotland
Scotland
KY12 7DL
Tel: +44 (0) 1383 720999
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Forth Bridges Tourist Information Centre
c/o Queensferry Lodge Hotel
St Margaret's Head
North Queensferry
Fife
Central Scotland
Scotland
KY11 1HP
Tel: +44 (0) 1383 417759
email: click here

Kirkcaldy Tourist Information Centre
The Merchant's House
339 High Street
Kirkcaldy
Fife
Central Scotland
Scotland
KY1 1JL
Tel: +44 (0) 1592 267775
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St Andrews Tourist Information Centre
70 Market Street
St Andrews
Fife
Central Scotland
Scotland
KY16 9NU
Tel: +44 (0) 1334 472021
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Visit Scotland Fife Tourist Information Centre
Network Office
Haig Business Park
Balgonie Road
Markinch
Fife
Central Scotland
Scotland
KY7 6AQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1334 472021
Website: click here

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