Why the Kingdom of Fife
History and Heritage
From Dunfermline, the former capital of Scotland, to St Andrews, which boasts a fascinating history, this wonderful region is steeped in tales gone by and filled with stunning castles, cathedrals, historic towns and sites. The Kingdom of Fife’s royal connections await your discovery. Fife’s second largest town, Dunfermline is simply a must-see. A former capital of Scotland, it was established by Malcolm III as a new seat for royal power in the mid 11th century and this beautiful town is blessed with a number of historical venues that cannot be missed. The palace ruins still stand near Abbot House as a reminder of Dunfermline’s royal heritage, and are one of the most visually stunning examples of Romanesque architecture in Scotland. Bursting with fascinating history, explore the majestic abbey, palace and Abbot House in Dunfermline for a magnificent glimpse into the past.
Discover the rest of the Kingdom of Fife’s royal connections by first visiting Falkland Palace, an impressive Renaissance building in the heart of the town. Built in 1500 and frequently visited by Mary Queen of Scots, you can follow in her footsteps by wandering around the courtyard and impressive rooms to soak up the history and head through the lush green lawns and colourful herbaceous borders.
Activities and Attractions
Enjoy exciting activities in Scotland on land, in the water and in the air. With a beautiful landscape filled with mountains, hills, lochs and rivers, Scotland is the perfect destination for a range of activities. From white water rafting to kayaking, archery to 4x4 driving, fishing to golf, there are a range of activities to suit everyone, whatever your skill or taste. Explore a variety of attractions in Scotland and hear tales of kings and queens, see striking cliff-top castles and reveal science’s latest inventions. Whether you want to step onboard a Royal yacht in Leith, climb over 150 steps up St Rules Tower for views out across Fife or try your hand at keyhole surgery in Dundee, there are plenty of attractions in Scotland to fill the days, weeks and months of your trip. Each region of Scotland has plenty of attractions, which cover history, science, religion, wildlife and much more. Take a look at the gardens of Argyll, the castles of Ayrshire and find whisky distilleries and literary landmarks across the country. The attractions in Scotland are well worth a visit - you never know what stories you might uncover.
Food and Drink
Sample delicious food and drink in the Kingdom of Fife. The region boasts a wide variety of mouth-watering local produce from tasty seafood to succulent meats. Discover award-winning fish and chips, dine in a Michelin-star restaurant, sample freshly caught seafood in quaint fishing villages or find a cosy traditional pub in the countryside. Whatever you choose, you'll discover the unique flavours of the region. Tantalise your taste buds at one of the region’s farmers’ markets. Held every Saturday, browse a wide range of products from water buffalo, Aberdeen Angus beef, a selection of cheeses, home baking and the region’s tasty strawberries and gooseberries. Of course, no trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling the national drink, whisky. Fife has a long association with Scotland’s most famous export and Luvian’s Bottle Shops in St Andrews and Cupar stock over 800 varieties of single malt. Whether you prefer to buy the wonderful local produce at a farmers’ market or have it served up in the cafés, pubs or award-winning restaurants, the delicious food and drink in Fife will leave you wanting more