Sightseeing in the Kingdom of Fife

Ancestral home of the Scottish monarchs and with some of Scotland’s best scenic attractions, the Kingdom of Fife is a proud region with its own distinct identity and a wealth of places of interest and visitor attractions.

Historic Properties

  • St Andrews Cathedral & St Rule’s Tower, St Andrews. The remains of the largest cathedral in Scotland, with a museum housing an outstanding collection of early Christian and medieval relics.
  • Falkland Palace, by Cupar Impressive furnished Royal Palace and Gardens. Once the favored place of retreat and leisure of the Stuart Kings and Queens of Scotland, including Mary Queen of Scots.
  • Glamis Castle, Angus. Magnificent ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years.
  • Kellie Castle & Garden, Pittenweem. An ancient and reputedly haunted Scottish Castle with an enchanting walled garden.
  • Stirling Castle, Stirling. Spanning a long and bloody history including William Wallace, the inspiration for the film Braveheart, this is a real 'must do' for anyone.
  • Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh. This instantly recognizable fortress is a powerful national symbol. Its story is Scotland’ story.

Visitor Attractions

  • St Andrews Aquarium, St. Andrews. An underwater world of adventure. Native sharks, seahorses, lobsters, lionfish, poison dart frogs, piranhas and loveable seals.
  • The Scottish Deer Centre, by Cupar. Over 140 deer, birds of prey demonstrations, native red foxes, guided tours, and trailer rides.
  • Discovery Point, Dundee. The story of the RSS Discovery Ship and Captain Scott’s remarkable Antarctic expedition.
  • Scotland’s Secret Bunker, near St Andrews. Scotland’s best kept secret for over 40 years, hidden beneath an innocent Farmhouse…
  • The Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther. Learn the story of fishing in Scotland from earliest times to the present.
  • Fife Animal Park, near Cupar. Discover a great selection of wildlife in a beautiful countryside setting.
  • Deep Sea World, North Queensferry. The UK’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, mysterious coral reefs, majestic sharks, and an amazing seal sanctuary.

Scottish Whisky Distilleries in the Lowlands

Scenery & Coastal Path Walks

The Fife coastline is a very special environment which has distinctive rock formations, delicate flora and a varied wildlife. Long sections of the Fife Coastal Path can now be enjoyed by recreational and serious walkers. Check the Fife Coastal Path map for different walk path suggestions.

Path number 4 in the Fife Coastal Path map is Elie. In July 2009, a chart of ‘Best Walks in Britain’ rated Elie Chain Walk as number 2 in the ‘Top 10 Walks’ and “probably the most exciting walk for children in Britain”. Although it is only 1.5 miles long, you can double the pleasure re-tracing your steps at the end.

For nature lovers, the Fife coastal path is a real walk on the wild side. Look out for grey seals and, in summer, basking sharks and dolphins. The offshore islands of Inchcolm and Inchkeith are home to thousands of seabirds, with vast numbers of puffins found on the Isle of May.

If you are looking for forest scenery, look no further than Tentsmuir Forest. This open, mature pine forest with its towering trees is a great place to explore on foot or by bike. Check out the ‘Top 10 things to do at Tentsmuir’.

St Andrews Cathedral

 

Scottish Deer Centre

 

Elie Chain Walk