Whether you’re looking for wonderful cultural treats, historic gems or gastronomic delights, you’ll find an abundance of treasures waiting to be uncovered in the Kingdom of Fife. Use this four day itinerary to give you some ideas for planning a holiday to this incredible part of Scotland.
Your gateway to Fife is as majestic as you’d expect from a true Kingdom with over 100 miles of amazing coastline. The iconic Forth Bridge, Scotland’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, encapsulates the heart of Scottish engineering, and will soon see the addition of a new bridge- Queensferry Crossing. It’s the perfect place to explore Fife’s connections to Queen Margaret and start your heritage journey across the Kingdom.
Begin your trip in North Queensferry at Deep Sea World, Scotland’s National Aquarium, then go for a spin at Knockhill Racing Circuit, Scotland’s National Motorsport Centre. Change pace and head to the Royal Burgh of Culross with a visit to the 16th century palace and it beautiful gardens. Explore Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter and discover the fascinating stories of Robert the Bruce at Dunfermline Abbey, the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum which explores the life and works of this World famous philanthropist and the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries. Complete your first day with a visit to one of the oldest stone castle in Scotland, Aberdour Castle & Garden.
On Day two, head to the East Neuk of Fife and enjoy the fine interiors and beautiful gardens of Kellie Castle, discover traditional craft of cheese-making processes at St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese then explore the history of Fife’s fishing industry at the Scottish Fisheries Museum. Continue to Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre and learn more about Scotland’s national drink then end your day at the picturesque Cambo House Estate, famed for its snowdrops.
Spend day three in St Andrews, the home of golf. Enjoy the largest collection of golf memorabilia in Europe at the British Golf Museum. Visit the magnificently preserved ruins of St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Castle and discover the town’s historic roots then enter an underwater world of discovery at St Andrew Aquarium. Complete day three in a plant-lovers’ paradise at St Andrews Botanic Gardens and at Eden Mill, a distillery and brewery where the famous Haig family made whisky, gin and beer for most of the 19th century. Finally enjoy a game of historic Hickory golf at Hill of Tarvit Mansion House, and then see the famous Wemyss Ware® at Griselda Hill Pottery. Follow in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots and enjoy the many beautiful gardens at Falkland palace then round off your trip by sampling some delicious local produce from Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm Shop. Finally stop off at Fife’s newest attraction, Lindores Distillery and Visitor Centre where the first recorded production of whisky in Scotland took place in 1494.
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