Fife, in Scotland – or the ‘Kingdom of Fife’ – is the spot for an action packed holiday!
If you’re looking for a long or short break with a lot of activity Fife offers stunning coastline, sandy beaches, lush countryside, quaint villages and loads of activities from golf to water sports, hiking and horse riding.
Home to the famous University St Andrews, this small area has a high density of enjoyable attractions such as ancient castles, theatres, a ruined palace, rocky bays, cathedrals, coffee shops and great shopping so whatever entertainment you choose, it’s right there.
Here are our suggestions on where to go while you’re there:
1. Explore the fishing villages
Fife is home to a number of quaint and quirky fishing villages with their stone harbours and ambling through them on foot or even driving around the area is a delight. Seek out Anstruther, St Monans, Pittenweem and Crail all villages of the East Neuk. The coastline here is home to varied flora and fauna and if you’re into walking this is the place to do it!
Watch out for grey seals, sea birds, dolphins and the odd basking shark. Take a boat ride to the Isle of May to see the Puffins too!
2. Find Scotlands Secret Bunker
This bunker stands beneath a Scottish farmhouse in Anstruther, Fife.
It was built to house the Scottish Government in case of nuclear war. This is the spot where the power of the country would have gathered to direct the nation in the aftermath of war. It’s the size of two full football fields and you’ll enjoy seeing what survival equipment and tactics would have been used to stay alive. Sleeping up to 300 personnel and with its own BBC sound studio this is a fascinating day out with war buffs and teens!
3. Crail Museum and Heritage Centre
The Crail Museum and Heritage Centre gives you a look at the history of this seafaring town.
Crail has traded prosperously from the 12th Century and people love the beautiful harbour and quaint town. Robert the Bruce honoured the town with Royal Burgh status in 1310! If you’re a seafood buff, this is the place to enjoy fresh crab and lobster, long walks and romantic breaks.
4. Take the Fife Coastal Path
The Fife Coastal Path covers 117 miles running form the Forth Estuary to the Tay Estuary. Catering for all fitness levels, the path takes you through the more cosmopolitan lifestyle of St Andrews into coal mining towns and small fishing villages and industrial areas. There are good places to stop along the way to eat and drink or stay over a night and you’ll love the rugged cliffs and wildlife reserves you’ll find along the way. For more information see http://www.scotlandsgreattrails.org.uk/
5. Enjoy the food
There are many fine places to eat in this area but one people talk about is ‘Table Table’ in Dundee.
This restaurant offers good British food and traditional pub dishes from breakfast to dinner time. It’s a great place to grab an early breakfast or just enjoy a beer at the bar. Open until late.
Other great eateries in the area include The Corn Exchange Pub, The Golden Acorn Pub, The Robert Nairn Pub, Metro Brasserie – Dundee, and Brasserie Bar & Grill @ Maitlandfield Hotel
There are many other wonderful places to visit in Fife and you’ll find more about the area here.