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Johnstons of Elgin has over two hundred years of tradition and expertise in textile manufacturing. Since 1797 the company has produced the finest woven and knitted products from the finest of fibres. A unique family business with tradition and heritage at its core, Johnstons of Elgin will continue to push the boundaries of textile and knitwear manufacturing, while always remaining true to its history. Utilising some of the most advanced textile equipment in the world, the company employs over 800 people at its two sites. The basic production process, and the superb quality of the finished product, has remained constant in our two centuries of manufacturing. A Royal Warrant of Appointment as suppliers of Tweed to HRH The Prince of Wales gives the ultimate seal of approval; it demonstrates the highest level of service, quality and excellence. Visitors are welcome to find out more about the production process on one of our free mill tours, available in our factories in Elgin and Hawick. Our 5* visitor destinations each have a heritage centre, shop and coffee shop. So why not come and explore the Johnstons of Elgin story for yourself, stop off for a pot of tea and a homemade scone. Or visit our beautiful shop on Pilmour Links, in the picturesque town of St Andrews, which has been awarded a 4* Tourist Shop, the only one in town! A great day out is guaranteed.

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The softest cashmere from China and Mongolia, and fine lambswool, is spun, dyed and woven at the original mill on the banks of the River Lossie in Elgin, where Johnstons of Elgin has manufactured for over 200 years. The only remaining British mill to convert natural, raw material into the finished product, Johnstons of Elgin utilises the traditional skills of craftsmen and women, alongside innovative technology and contemporary design. One of the world’s foremost producers of cashmere woven and knitted garments, Johnstons of Elgin is continuing its company tradition of creating luxury British products, of the finest quality, for an international market.

Les plus purs cachemires chinois et mongols ainsi que la fine laine d’agneau sont filés, teints et tissés chez Johnstons, manufacture écossaise de tissu de qualité. Établie en 1797 au bord de la Lossie à Newmill, Elgin, elle est aujourd’hui la seule filature Britannique à produire des tissus luxueux et des produits finis à base de matières brutes naturelles. Son secret : la fusion de l’expérience et de l’expertise de ses artisans et de la technologie de pointe et le design contemporain. Ainsi, Johnstons, spécialiste en cachemire et un des producteurs de tissus les plus éminents, continue la tradition de l’entreprise de créer des produits Britanniques de luxe et de première qualité appréciés dans le monde entier. Reinstes Cashmere aus China und Mongolien und feinste Lammwolle werden in der Textilmanufaktur Johnstons gesponnen, gefärbt und zu edlen Stoffen verarbeitet. Vor 200 Jahren in Newmill am Ufer des Lossie in Elgin gegründet ist Johnstons heute die einzige Weberei Großbritanniens, in der noch natürliche Rohstoffe zu fertigen Produkten verarbeitet werden. Dabei setzen wir auf traditionelles Handwerk und langjährige Erfahrung sowie modernste Technologie und zeitloses Design. Wir sind einer der weltführenden Kaschmirspezialisten und Hersteller von luxuriösen Stoffen höchster Qualität für den internationalen Markt und führen somit unsere bewährte Firmentradition fort. Il Cashmere piú puro proveniente dalla Cina e dalla Mongolia e lana d’agnello di altissima qualitá vengono filati, tinti e tessuti dall’azienda Johnstons, fondata duecento anni fa a Newmill, presso il fiume Lossie nella città di Elgin. Johnstons é l’unica azienda britannica a trasformare materiali greggi in prodotti completamente finiti, impiegando i metodi tradizionali dei propri artigiani, le tecnologie piú moderne e design contemporaneo. Specialisti del cashmere e tra i piú importanti produttori al mondo, la Johnstons continua la sua tradizione aziendale creando prodotti britannici di lusso e di altissima qualitá destinati al mercato internazionale. ロシー川沿いに位置するジョンストンズ社は、希少な中国産のカシミヤ、厳選さ れたラムウールから糸を作り、染め、そして生地へと生産します. ジョンストンズ社は200年以上の歴史を誇る現在、英国では唯一、原料の輸入から最終製品 を一つの自社工場内で生産する稀な一貫生産工場であり、古くから受け継がれる職人技術と 近代技術、そしてデザイン力を最大限に融合させこれらの希少な原料を製品として作り上げ ています. ジョンストンズ社はカシミヤの専門家として、また世界における生産の先駆者として、世界 の市場に向けて最高の品質の英国製商品を絶えずお届けしています.

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CONTENTS The Kingdom of Fife & St Andrews is a region like no other!

HISTORY & HERITAGE.................. 10 The history of this region is full of colourful – and often surprising – tales.

IF YOU’RE ONLY HERE FOR 48 HOURS.............................. 56 You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it.

WELCOME TO THE NIGHT!........... 60

DAYS OUT...................................... 14

This region really livens up after dark, and is always accompanied by the sound of music in all its forms.

Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do here.

OUR SPORTING LIFE..................... 64

SHOPPING..................................... 29

Whether you want to watch or take part, there’s always plenty on offer here.

Independent shops are the name of the shopping game here.

10 REASONS TO LOVE THIS REGION................................. 42 There are dozens of reasons to love it here – these are a few of our favourites.

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GETTING HERE AND GETTING AROUND........................ 68 This region is easy to get to and to get around.

FURTHER AFIELD.......................... 76

EATING OUT.................................. 44

Although you’ll never run short of things to do and see here, it’s also a great base to explore further afield.

If you’re spending time here, make sure you bring a healthy appetite.

10 THINGS YOU MUST DO............ 78

ARTS & CULTURE.......................... 52

There are loads of things to do in Fife & St Andrews – but make sure you don’t miss these.

This region’s artistic heritage goes back centuries – and is still thriving today.

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ST ANDREWS: HOME OF GOLF, SCOTLAND’S OLDEST UNIVERSITY & SCOTLAND’S ONLY DISTILLERY & BREWERY IN ONE. We do everything small scale. Except dream.

Small means made from the passion, determination and occasional flash of genius of a few (seven, actually) highly talented people. Small means locally, ethically sourced ingredients.Small means crafted in limited numbers for a knowledgeable, appreciative audience. Small means a single, special edition bottle pride of place in a drinks cabinet. The only thing we believe in doing big is dream. Which we do on rather a grand scale. Our aim? To create the best small batch whisky in the world, alongside our award-winning craft beer and gin from a single, small site in St Andrews. To discover more about our whisky and how to experience Eden.Mill for yourself when you visit the ‘home of golf’ (we are listed as the No 1 activity in St Andrews by TripAdvisor* after all), simply visit edenmillstandrews.com or give us a wee call on 01334 834038.

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FOREWORD

WELCOME!

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elcome to the Kingdom of Fife and St Andrews – and may we congratulate you on your choice of destination! This region is the essence of lowland Scotland, featuring fascinating villages, historic sites with an ancient story to tell, rolling hills and barley fields, small villages and well-manicured golf courses, plus a glorious coastline. The Kingdom of Fife needs no introduction when it comes to the game of golf. This area holds a unique position in the annals of the game with St Andrews, the Old Course and the Royal and Ancient clubhouse at its symbolic heart. And St Andrews, one of Scotland’s finest towns, is a place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort, and the home of world golf, not to mention its Royal connection as the meeting-place of future king Prince William and his now-wife Katherine. Nowhere else in Scotland is like St Andrews, not just a handsome historic town but a community with a unique story. So please enjoy yourselves in our wonderful region, soak it all in, and do come back and visit us again soon! n

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HISTORY & HERITAGE

History all around! The history of this region is full of colourful – and often surprising – tales

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beggar’s mantle fringed wi’ gold,’ is how King James VI of Scotland is said to have described the ancient Kingdom of Fife. The frayed cloak or ‘mantle’ described the ragged coastline surrounding the distinctive ‘dog’s head’ or ‘begging hand’ shown jutting out into the sea on maps. The fringe of gold referred to Fife’s once prosperous harbours, but given the area’s enduring appeal as a visitor destination, that description can just as appropriately be applied to its award-winning beaches. Traditional industries included manufacturing, salt-panning (evidence of this remains in the coastal town of St Monans) fishing, boat-building, agriculture, weaving, mining and golf – the sport said to have largely restored an ailing St Andrews’ fortunes back in the 18th and 19th centuries.

But Fife’s origins go back much further. Many place names derive from Pictish times. Cave markings dating from the Bronze Age in the ancient Wemyss Caves, between Kirkcaldy and Leven are among the most prized in Britain. St Fillans Cave in Pittenweem is also regarded as extremely significant. For around 600 years until the Union of Scotland and England in 1603, Dunfermline – famously the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie – was at the heart of the Scottish monarchy and its prominent Palace and Abbey ruins are open to the public. Robert the Bruce is just one of a number of kings buried in the abbey, whose grounds are said to be the final resting place of William Wallace’s mother. Some 16 miles north, Falkland Palace, with its indoor Royal or Real Tennis court and estate, now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, was also favoured by the Stuarts, particularly Mary Queen of Scots. Fife’s history is awash with colourful tales: of the smugglers who gave their name to a popular inn in Anstruther; martyrs burned at the stake in St Andrews; witches said to have been drowned in Kilconquhar loch and the ghosts reported to haunt many nooks and crannies. Along the coast in Largo, a monument recalls the more substantial character of Alexander Selkirk who inspired Daniel Defoe’s adventure story Robinson Crusoe. But the story of the Kingdom is also closely intertwined with industry – from the Howe of Fife linen weavers to the miners employed in the many pits across its length and breadth. Methil, once the most important coal exporting port in Scotland, now plays a key role in the renewable energy sector. Seven miles south, the ‘lang toun’ of Kirkcaldy, ç P13

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BALGONIE CASTLE

Balgonie Castle is an exclusive tourist attraction and wedding venue with 700 years of history. More recently, Balgonie Castle has been a filming site for Outlander and the Fairy Flag Movie. The castle is being beautifully restored and the current Laird will lead you through the history of the property. Open daily all year from noon to 17.00 Entrance Fee: Adults  £7; Seniors £5; Children £4 We do close for weddings and events so please call beforehand

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Balgonie Castle is a 700 year old Scheduled Ancient Monument seated in the Kingdom of Fife. We have had more than 1200 weddings in our 25 years as a wedding venue. In recent years, we are able to provide wedding and receptions in our Restored Chapel with our preferred caterer or all-inclusive packages in our Great Hall. We allow marquees in the courtyard for large weddings. The professionals call us “quirky, unique and one of a kind.” We are the only castle of its kind in the whole of Scotland and possibly the UK. BALGONIE CASTLE, COALTOWN OF BALGONIE, FIFE, KY7 6HQ BALGONIECASTLEMARKINCH@GMAIL.COM WWW.BALGONIECASTLE.COM | T. 01592 750 119


The Tatha Gallery in Newport on Tay on the banks of the River, Fife, specialises in art we are passionate about including some of the best Twentieth Century and Contemporary British Art. Emerging talent mixed with time honoured established artists makes a recipe for interest, excitement and excellence. Our refreshingly simple ethos of making art accessible guarantees our shows to be lively and thought provoking, a great environment to find something you love with a passion.

Tatha Gallery | 1 High Street | Newport-on-Tay | Fife | DD6 8AB www.tathagallery.com | 01382 690800 | 07768 481 751

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P11 a port which grew thanks to the arrival of the railway, is famous as the birthplace of Adam Smith and for the production of linoleum. More recently, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown grew up there. Fife’s heritage is well documented in its museums, galleries and visitor attractions. To appreciate its people, take time to step inside its historic buildings and ponder on the lives of men, women and children who have gone long before you. Walk cobbled streets or golf links in the footsteps of kings, queens, bishops, fisher folk, farmers, golfing legends, weavers, academics, merchants, politicians and philanthropists. You may not want to leave and it’s likely you’ll be back. n

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hroughout the year, Fife offers exciting and fascinating attractions to fill the days with challenging outdoor activities, indoor cultural experiences, thrilling historic revelations, and a wealth of inspiring retail possibilities. In addition to the obvious golfing delights, Fife is almost unbeatable for country sports enthusiasts. Choose from Craigluscar near Dunfermline, Newtonhill Country Sports at Wormit, the Scottish Off-Road Driving Centre at Strathmiglo and Cluny Clays in Kirkcaldy – all popular destinations for activities such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or

off-road driving. Goldenloch near Newburgh and Cameron Reservoir close to St Andrews are fisheries open to the public. On the St Andrews to Crail road, there’s quad biking, off-road driving, laser clay pigeon shooting and abseiling at FyfeOffroad on Kinkell Farm. Craigie Farm at Leuchars is home for the Scottish Clay Shooting Centre. Instructors are fully qualified in all aspects of game and clay target shooting and all standards of skill can enjoy a superb day out. To explore the game that makes St Andrews famous world over, The British Golf Museum lies across the road from the 18th hole of the Old Course. It documents the history of golf from

medieval times to the present and can be enjoyed by those who aren’t massive fans of the sport. Between April and September, a fun alternative to a round of golf can be had at the “The Himalayas” putting green between the Old Course and the West Sands beach. Luck more than talent is what gets you round this hilly course. Depending on your skill, dedication and the time of year, you could decide on more than one round in a day over Fife’s many golf courses. Aside from the obvious favourites, Crail’s Balcomie Links was laid out by Tom Morris in 1895 while neighbouring Craighead Links dates from 1998. Anstruther’s ç P21

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St Andrews Links The Home of Golf PLAY

All seven courses at the Home of Golf are run and maintained by St Andrews Links Trust, a charitable organisation set up in 1974 by an Act of Parliament. All the courses and facilities are public and include the Old Course, New Course and The Castle Course.

THE OPEN RETURNS TO ST ANDREWS LINKS St Andrews Links will host The Open Championship for the 29th time when it returns to the Home of Golf in 2015. To celebrate the Championship returning, St Andrews Links together with The R&A has developed a special host venue logo featuring the celebrated Swilcan Bridge, with the silhouette of the St Andrews skyline in the background, all aiding anticipation and excitement ahead of next year’s Championship.

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LEARN

The instructors at St Andrews Links Golf Academy pride themselves on excellence and consistent delivery of instruction to the highest standard. The Academy also houses a custom-fit centre, driving range and short game area.

SHOP

St Andrews Links is the official retailer of the Old Course, St Andrews Links and Tom Morris brands. The flagship Old Course Shop overlooks the 18th green of the Old Course and is the largest of the 5 shops run by St Andrews Links.

RELAX

Enjoy stunning views of the Home of Golf, traditional local fare as well as a selection of beverages from any of our three clubhouses; the Links Clubhouse, Eden Clubhouse and Castle Clubhouse.


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Home to Golf ’s History The award winning British Golf Museum uses a mixture of highly visual displays and exciting interactives to explore over 500 years of golfing history. For more information call 01334 460046 or visit www.britishgolfmuseum.co.uk

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P15 golf course boasts what has been described as the toughest par 3 in the UK, ‘The Rockies’ at the 5th. To try the game as our forefathers enjoyed it, book a tee time at the Kingarrock Golf Course in the grounds of Hill of Tarvit Mansion House, near Cupar. You’ll be issued with hickory clubs, an old golf bag, balls and tees representing the early 20th century golfing experience. The National Trust for Scotland Mansion House is open five afternoons a week from April to October, but you can access its grounds all year round.

Aside from being golf ’s spiritual home, St Andrews is also a thriving community where all ages and nationalities meet and mingle. From its ancient university and historic monuments to its awardwinning beaches and enviable array of independent shops and eating places, it is cosmopolitan, charming and rarely only visited once. The West Sands and East Sands beaches are award-winning attractions. Pack a picnic or enjoy one of the traditional beach kiosks and cafes. The harbour, only a short walk from East

Sands, still has a fleet of small boats fishing for lobster and crab. If you feel energetic, you can try a pier walk as the students traditionally do on a Sunday. St Andrews Botanic Garden offers 18.5 acres of green space in the heart of the town, recognised and registered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Not only is it a valuable amenity in which to walk, relax and enjoy the beauty of plants, but it also aims to provide a scientific garden for teaching and research. Entry is free. Craigtoun Park on the outskirts ç P25

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Carnegie

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Exclusive Scottish Touring

® Wemyss Ware, Scotland’s most famous pottery, was first made in Fife in 1881. Its beautiful, distinctive style and traditional manufacture make it uniquely collectable. Watch it being made and hand painted in the picturesque village of Ceres, ten miles from St Andrews, where there is a shop and visitor centre.

Discover and explore the best of Scotland with our exclusive touring service. This is your opportunity to experience the rich tapestry of Scottish history, culture and iconic scenery. We will even provide a unique Outlander Film Location Tour. All our itineraries are organised to suit our guest’s interests, all you need to do is ask and we will take care of the rest. We are here to make your vacation a time of memories, fun and relaxation. CARNEGIE TOURING Tel: +44 (0) 1383 723590 | +44 (0) 7923944866 Email: gerry@carnegietouring.co.uk | Web: www.carnegietouring.co.uk

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Discover the treasures of Fife with the National Trust for Scotland Experience what life was like for the Stuart Kings and Queens at the beautiful Falkland Palace (0844 493 2186). A favourite retreat of Mary Queen of Scots this Renaissance palace is packed with 17th-century Flemish tapestries, elaborate painted ceilings and antique furnishings. Follow in Mary’s footsteps through the palace’s interior, taking in the richly panelled Keeper’s quarters, the magnificent James V-era Chapel Royal, the Old Library and the recreated royal apartments. The extensive gardens provide the perfect setting for a tranquil walk to enjoy the colours and scents of flowers including roses and delphiniums. For the sports lovers among you there is the oldest real (or royal) tennis court in Britain, built for King James V and still used today. Keeping with the sports theme, come and play hickory golf at the Hill of Tarvit (0844 493 2185). This magnificent Edwardian mansion house was home to wealthy jute manufacturer Frederick

Sharp and his family. The Sharp family were keen golfers and you too can now play their 9-hole course – Kingarrock – with original hickory clubs following the house rules written by Elisabeth Sharp when she was just 16. Kingarrock provides a rare opportunity to turn back the clock 100 years and enjoy the game as it was played in Edwardian times. Visit www.kingarrock.com to book your tee-off time. Within the mansion house, designed by Robert Lorimer, there is a splendid collection of furniture, Chinese porcelain and superb paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and eminent Dutch artists. Join us at this country house as guests of the Sharps and try your hand at the parlour games or billiards. Lorimer also designed the landscaped gardens, with formal lawns, yew hedging, flowering borders and a sunken rose garden. In summer, why not have a go at our traditional lawn game with hickory putters, a jigger and a mashie niblick. Lormier’s influence can also be felt at 14th Century Kellie Castle (0844 493 2184) where he designed the magnificent plaster ceilings, painted

panelling and fine furniture that visitors can still enjoy today. The grounds around the castle have plenty to explore with acres of woodland walks, a bird hide and an abundance of nature. The Arts & Crafts garden is packed with beautiful borders of old-fashioned roses and herbaceous plants, as well as fruit and vegetables. Relive the domestic life of the 16th and 17th centuries at this riverside Royal Burgh of Culross (0844 493 2189). The old buildings and cobbled streets create a fascinating time warp for visitors. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the calls of medieval street vendors selling their wares. Explore the beautiful refurbished Palace which dates from 1597 - imagine what it would have been like to live within the splendid interiors, featuring painted woodwork, and 17th- and 18th-century furniture. Take a wander around the reconstructed early 17th-century palace garden, and finish your trip with a cuppa and a scone at Bessie’s Tearoom. Visit all of these places and more for free with a National Trust for Scotland membership from only £6 per month for a family. Ask one of our staff for details or visit www.nts.org.uk.


Dunfermline delivers! A visit to Fife is not complete without spending a day in Dunfermline soaking up the sights this stunning medieval town offers. From its cobbled streets, that still reflect the medieval street plan, to the evocative ruins of the monastery and royal palace complex, the town benefits from a thriving cultural scene which captures the very essence of Scotland’s vibrant heritage… as well as its dynamic 21stcentury culture. From live music and theatre to festivals and farmers’ markets, the town has an abundance to offer, with a busy calendar of events all year around.

A lively nightlife, with a thriving café culture, a burgeoning craft brewing scene, and great restaurants complemented by a mix of well-known retail stores and independent boutiques making Dunfermline an unmissable destination for visitors to the area. To experience luscious green spaces, visit the 76-acre Pittencrieff Park (locally called ‘The Glen’) gifted to the town by its most famous son, Andrew Carnegie. The Glen plays host to numerous events each year, including the famous Bruce Festival and regular fireworks displays, as well as concerts and festivals. To check out what there is to see and do in Dunfermline – visit www.dunfermline-delivers.co.uk


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P21 of the town is another wide open space where children can really let off steam. Catch the park’s popular miniature railway train, enjoy tractor rides, play crazy golf or take a boat out on the pond. And there’s a café to refuel after all that activity. There are even things going on underground. If you see the brown tourist signs for a Secret Bunker, it is exactly that. Built in the early 1950s during the Cold War under a seemingly innocuous farmhouse, this was the command centre to be used in the event of a nuclear attack. At Troywood near St Andrews, the scale of the bunker is incredible, with the command centre, dormitories, a broadcasting studio and a chapel. It provides an insight into the fear of the time. Along the coast from St Andrews, the extensive grounds of Cambo Estate at Kingsbarns offer a stunning backdrop for theatrical productions and art exhibitions as well as the beautiful ‘Snowdrops by Starlight’, which takes place during the Snowdrop Festival from February to March. The neighbouring Kingsbarns golf course, is regarded as world-class. Inland, four miles west of St Andrews, the historic craft of brewing has been re-introduced in Guardbridge. Long

associated with brewing and distilling, the area’s history is re-told on story boards on the walls of the Eden Brewery for visitors who can book tours through the website. Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, near Leuchars and the adjoining Eden Estuary Local National Reserve are internationally acclaimed and a haven for wildlife with waymarked paths and cycle routes. The western area of Tentsmuir reserve is one of the oldest occupied sites in the whole of Scotland. If you head west along the A91 from St Andrews through Cupar, you’ll arrive at the Scottish Deer Centre. Here you’ll find 14 breeds of deer – including moose – Fife’s only wolf pack, otters and wildcat in grounds covering 55 acres. There is also a Raptor Bird of Prey Centre. However, if it’s the delights of the famous East Neuk of Fife and its landmarks you want to get to know, one not to miss is St Monans’ beautiful ‘Auld Kirk.’ Said to be the closest church to the shore in the country – and one of the most visited – it lies next to the Fife Coastal Path. The narrow streets are made for exploring, or head to the salt pans and the windmill once used in salt production. If you feel peckish you can enjoy local seafood at The Mayview Hotel in the ç P27

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P25 centre of the village, or the award-winning restaurants Craig Millar@16 West End, and the East Pier Smokehouse, but this does close during the winter months. Crail harbour is a must-see on any visit. One harbour master and his house were once immortalised at Denmark’s Legoland and it’s been the inspiration for countless artists. Boats from there land shellfish, including lobster, which can be bought fresh at the pier. This is yet another village steeped in history and aside from several small shops, the family-run Crail Pottery is somewhere to browse and buy something different to take home. There’s a viewing window into the workshop as you climb the stairs to the shop. Pittenweem Harbour is the main landing port and market in the East Neuk for shellfish – mainly prawns, but lobster, crab and some fish, too. Stroll streets sloping to the harbour, or browse around galleries and shops. The name Pittenweem means place of the cave and St Fillan’s cave, where the saint spent most of his life as a hermit, has a fascinating history. Later used by smugglers the cave, which has a holy well, is now a recognised place of

worship. If you feel peckish after all that walking, treat yourself to one of the best-kept secrets of the area, a Pittenweem fish supper. Further inland at Dunino is another ancient place of worship. There are many legends and theories about what went on in Dunino Den back in the mists of time. The site is fascinating but be careful if it’s been raining, the path running along the side of the churchyard to reach the ancient site can be slippery. If the here and now are what captures your imagination, Fife has a wonderful array of parks and gardens to visit. Many of its palaces, castles and great houses have wonderfully-planted grounds. Kellie Castle, near Pittenweem has acres of woodland walks, an adventure playground and organic fruit and vegetables. Dating from the 14th century, the castle is open to the public. Ravenscraig Park, on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy, has woodland walks connecting with the Fife Coastal Path

and access to Ravenscraig Castle and Dysart Harbour. Kirkcaldy is Fife’s largest town. At one point it was the world’s main producer of linoleum. Today its most famous son, Adam Smith, is commemorated in the theatre which takes his name. Kirkcaldy Galleries is part of the War Memorial bequeathed to the town by linoleum manufacturer, John Nairn. Further West, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace grounds and its town parks are in contrast to its bustling commercial centre. Dunfermline is also home to the governing body of water skiing in Scotland, Water Ski and Wakeboard Scotland, based at Town Loch in the beautiful Townhill Country Park. Beginners are always welcome. Nearby Aberdour and South Queensferry are Fife bases for Dun Eideann Sea Kayaking. Paddle under the Forth Bridges and take in the islands and wildlife of the River Forth from a different perspective. There are several full or half-day options, with instruction. You’ll also find dry land entertainment for all the family in and around Dunfermline. For motoring enthusiasts there’s Knockhill Racing Circuit where you can try go-karting, or watch one of several top motoring events on four wheels or two. For a more sedate pace, catch a vintage bus ride around the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum near Dunfermline. It houses around 190 vehicles in various stages of restoration on a 49-acre commercial site at Lathalmond and has a cafe and shop. n

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Come and brighten up your day! Rejects Dept Store has operated as a family-run store since it opened in 1978. Our store has grown tenfold since then and stocks a wide range of everything for the home from budget lines to designer merchandise. Value for money is as important to our product range today as it always has been.

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rtists, food specialists, a sporting legacy and an abundance of crafts-people bring an interesting twist to this region’s shopping experience. The creativity that abounds in Fife also lends itself to the imaginative offering of independent shops, from the bigger towns to the coastal villages. Those looking for souvenirs need not choose the first thing they see which is covered in tartan. The breadth of goods on offer means that it’s possible to get a genuine taste of Fife. If it’s taste you’re after,

then there are many opportunities to buy goodies. For those on a tight timescale, check if one of the Fife Farmers’ Markets are nearby. They are held every weekend, with St Andrews held on the first Saturday of every month, Dunfermline on the second, Cupar on the third, and Kirkcaldy on the final Saturday – all from 9am to 1pm. It’s worth a drive to the closest as it will give a literal flavour of the whole area in one place. Top tip is to get there early and have breakfast grazing from the stalls. Every corner of the Kingdom throws up surprises. Whether it’s Ceres and its food offerings. Where it might not be too out of

the ordinary to find a superb butcher such as the Ceres Butchers in the Main Street, finding the most northerly chilli farm in Europe might change perceptions of the sleepy village. Chillilicious is based on a farm close to Ceres and attracts visitors to see how the fiery little fellows are grown, and to buy some of the products made from the many varieties. On the outskirts of Falkland is the destination for any visitors who catering for themselves. The Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm Shop is a bit of a haven for the organic foodie. This is where to source ingredients and those who are looking for eco-friendly toiletries and cleaning products. ç P33

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Whatever the weather, whatever the season, you will always find a warm welcome and a fantastic range of your favourite shops at the Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline. One thing is for certain, not only does Dunfermline have the best shopping experience in Fife, the Kingsgate Shopping Centre is one of the best retail offers in east central Scotland! Visit us online at our website, Facebook & Twitter for events and offers!

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In the heart of the historical village of Falkland you will find Fayre Earth, bright and cheerful with an eclectic mix of locally-made as well as fairly traded gifts. As you walk in you will be hit with the aroma of freshly ground coffee or ‘real’ coffee to take out as well as all the beautiful colours.

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HERE YOU CAN BUY BEEF TRADITIONALLY REARED ON THE FARM AND FRESH VEGETABLES PICKED THE SAME DAY P29 Cupar is the place for a bit of a treat. There are Fisher & Donaldson bakeries in other towns, but this is the headquarters – for lovers of their exquisite fudge doughnut, it’s a place of patisserie pilgrimage. The traditional service and interior is the perfect backdrop to lush cream cakes, sponges, biscuits, fresh bread and rolls and hot meaty treats. There are also hand-made chocolates. Over at Luvians Bottle Shop. Thank goodness the owners have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the fine wines and malt whiskies they sell. For a taste of the land, visit Cairnie Fruit Farm by Cupar, where it’s possible

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to pick your own produce and negotiate the tricky maze. The choice is seasonal, of course, but the produce is always excellent. There’s also a Luvians Bottle Shop in St Andrews, where shopping for delicacies can fill a full weekend. Luvians also have an ice-cream parlour there. However, it would be a crime to leave the town without visiting B Janetta, a traditional gelateria with cafe. There’s usually a queue at the shop but it’s worth it. People usually take a while to choose from the wide range of traditional and not so traditional flavours – the Turkish Delight is superb. St Andrews has chocolatiers, ç P35

In March 1907 James A. Scott opened the doors at 74 Bonnygate and began his career as a draper. 108 years, and four generations later, we are proud to say we have successfully adapted the business to the needs of the contemporary clientele while keeping the original values at heart. Now, as part of Cupar’s thriving business community we carry a wide variety of styles of Ladies fashions, nightwear, underwear and accessories, and are a leading stockist of quality Scottish knitwear. Why not visit us to experience our unique combination of personal service and style.

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ELOISE has one of the largest collections of sterling silver Jewellery in Fife, specialising in handmade, one off pieces. Customised silver bangles can be made using your own words, names and dates, usually completed with one days notice. NESS handbags, STORM watches, SHEILA FLEET silver. Also instore, antique, vintage, gold and diamonds too!

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P33 mouth-watering bakeries and excellent delis. A short drive from the town is St Andrews Farm House Cheese, hand-made at Falside Farm. Jane Stewart is the cheesemaker, using unpasteurised milk from her husband’s herd of Holstein Friesians. Take home some “Anster” cheese or enjoy it as part of a hearty ploughman’s lunch in the Butterpat Café. Anstruther is buzzing with independent shops, with some having hidden depths.

No-one would assume that a deli called Le Petit Epicerie would create awardwinning steak pies, but indeed it does, thanks to the hard work of owner Julien Poix. Of course it has the usual tasty bites that are expected in any good delicatessen such as cheese, charcuterie, oils, olives, bread and condiments. A well-made steak pie can be a similarly exotic creature. Ardross Farm shop, near Elie, promotes the best of Scottish agriculture. Here you can buy

beef traditionally reared on the farm, fresh vegetables picked the same day, free range eggs, rare breed bacon and local pork, venison, organic lamb and mutton, wild game free range chickens and British wines and beers among other artisan goods. Of course, when it comes to buying a souvenir, food can’t always be taken home, but Fife has a great choice of independent galleries and studios where artists and craft makers produce beautiful and distinctive pieces that ç P37

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The Gift Gallery

Established for over 17 years in the center of historic St Andrews, offers unique gifts, soft toys and Jewellery, perfect for your Scottish souvenirs.

Jewel St Andrews “Jewel” is the “wee” shop with big ideas

We stock Scottish Sterling Silver Jewellery ranging from “Celtic” inspired designs to contemporary pieces made from Scottish sea glass.

We are located in the busy main shopping area of Market Street towards the historic fountain.

Prints framed or unframed of the town and golf courses are always a favourite with our customers in addition to our extensive displays of quality gifts and soft toys including “Charlie Bears”.

We have a huge selection of Scottish leaf jewellery, locally crafted bags, sterling silver jewellery, fun costume jewellery and sumptuous scarves.

Tel. 01334 477227 /JewelStAndrews

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93 Market Street | St Andrews | KY16 9PD | Tel. 01334 479882

Set in the heart of Fife above a family-run garden centre, La Vida is the fashionista’s favourite. Clients travel from far and wide to enjoy the relaxed surroundings, great service and internationally sourced product from owner, Laura Campbell. Everything from glamorous couture evening gowns to beautiful Italian knitwear and catwalk trend pieces can be found in this gem of a boutique. Labels include Oui, Frank Lyman and Latte Clothing (pictured). Latte is the ‘cool hunter’ fashion brand designed and produced 100% in Italy and caters perfectly for the forever 40 woman who wants to be current, on-trend but age relevant.

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P35 will look superb at home and always remind you of that sunny day on a harbour or visiting a historic house deeper inland. Fife Folk Museum in Ceres is also the location for Griselda Hill’s Wemyss Ware Pottery on Kirk Brae. It’s a four-star visitor attraction with shop and visitor centre where you can watch work in progress on the famous pottery. Nearby Cupar, once the county town of Fife, has a growing number of independent gift and craft outlets. No5 Goldsmiths Ltd offers fine bespoke jewellery and there are a number of other traditional independent shops in the town’s historic Crossgate and Bonnygate. Market Street is the main shopping thoroughfare in St Andrews but it’s an easy stroll to South Street and North Street, as well as the characterful connecting streets that make this such a magnet for tourists. From galleries to confectioners and boutiques to bookshops, there is little that cannot be bought here. Many shopkeepers have stories of the day that Prince William popped in or the then Kate Middleton browsed there. ç P38

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P37 For a real slice of town history, JG Innes has a wonderfully historic storefront on the corner of Church and South Streets. It was founded in 1879 by brothers John and George who at that time produced the St Andrews Citizen newspaper. Low ceilings are offset by bright gifts and books while you can find virtually anything from a paper clip to high-quality writing paper, art materials and calligraphy pens in the stationery department. And, of course, there are a plethora of golf equipment shops. No golfer can leave St Andrews without some sort of reminder of the time they visited the Home of Golf. St Andrews Links Trust now owns the shop overlooking the 18th fairway of the Old Course where once the grand old man of golf, Old Tom Morris, made and sold golf clubs and balls. Around the corner on Golf Place, is Auchterlonie’s of St Andrews, established in 1895 by brothers Tom, David and Willie. An absolute must for golf fans is a visit to

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the oldest golf company trading in St Andrews. Manufacturing clubs since 1881, the St Andrews Golf Company has a shop near the Old Course in St Andrews and its workshop in nearby Largoward. The viewing gallery enables visitors to see at first hand skills still in use in the craft of golf club making. Largoward is also home to Di Gilpin Ltd, a knitwear design studio, which is at the cutting edge of textile design but also committed to preserving an important tradition that includes using wools that help to conserve UK sheep breeds. There are also workshops led by Di in the studio. Throughout the villages that line the East Neuk, there are antiques, jewellery designers, galleries and many other places to browse and chat to those who choose to live and work in this idyllic area. A great story comes in the former mining hub of Methil. Unemployed with time on his hands, Donald Bradford began to fashion ç P40


MATTHEW M HENDERSON Fine Jewellers

Matthew M Henderson have been established since 1937. While specialising in all types of jewellery, we offer an exquisite range of Sheila Fleet designs. Whether you are looking for rings, necklaces or pendants, we are the people to contact. As well as providing a reliable service, our skilled jewellery experts are able to offer professional advice, if required. With a wide variety of rings, necklaces, watches and gift items, you will be spoilt for choice.

ST ANDREWS BRANCH 2 Bell Street | St Andrews | Fife | KY16 9UX Tel: 01334 476185 BROUGHTY FERRY BRANCH 104 Gray Street | Broughty Ferry | Dundee | DD5 2DN Tel: 01382 778627

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top drawer is an independent gift and greetings card shop situated in the heart of St Andrews. We offer carefully selected design-led gifts and greetings cards and we have a wonderful selection of gifts which are handmade here in Scotland. From glassware to jewellery, ceramics, mugs, clocks, candles and more, we have something for every occasion. The products you find in store are exclusive to us in St Andrews and it’s the ideal place to find something ‘that little bit different’. 2013 & 2014 Finalist for ‘The Independent Gift Retailer of The Year, Scotland’ award in the Greats Gift Retailer Awards.

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77 South Street | St Andrews | Fife | KY16 9QW | Tel: 01334 479758 | www.topdrawergifts.co.uk

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FOR LARGE SHOPPING CENTRES AND LARGE CHAIN STORES, KIRKCALDY, GLENROTHES AND DUNFERMLINE ARE THE MAIN DESTINATIONS P38 Methil Moggies, handmade cute cats in stoneware clay. There are also Methil Mutts, Highland Cattle, or a range of caricature Scottish figures. For large shopping centres and large chain stores, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Dunfermline are the main destinations. St Andrews has the main supermarkets and some chain clothes shops as well as a covered market, but the mega malls are in the bigger towns. The Mercat Centre is Kirkcaldy’s main shopping mall, with entrance from the

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High Street, which runs parallel to the town’s Esplanade and has a central pedestrianized section. The town has seen something of a retail renaissance and there are also The Postings, a smaller mall and the Fife Central Retail Park just outside of town. Dunfermline also has a pleasant pedestrianised High Street with a great landmark and meeting place with its Mercat Cross. The Kingsgate Shopping Centre has doubled in size since 2008 and now attracts shoppers from much

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further afield. This is an attractive town to wander, with historic buildings popping up at regular intervals. In Glenrothes, it’s the Kingdom Centre that attracts dedicated shoppers looking to clothe, feed and entertain the whole family. The centre is in the heart of Glenrothes allowing visitors to explore one of Scotland’s New Towns. So, like the whole area, shopping in Fife can take visitors back to its historic past and show what a flourishing region it is in the present day. n


Alchemia Jewellers showcases a broad portfolio of handmade designs from our studio. We create beautiful contemporary pieces, using precious metals and stones. We also offer a bespoke design service, working with the customer to produce a unique design. Alongside our own work, we source the brightest talent in the UK’s jewellery industry, with a focus on local designers. From everyday earrings to stunning statement necklaces, we have a great selection of jewellery to choose from.

Tel. 01334 475588

www.alchemiajewellers.co.uk alchemiajewellers@btconnect.com Alchemia Jewellers | 99 Market Street | St Andrews | KY16 9NX | Tel. 01334 475588

We offer a friendly and knowledgeable service with trained professionals providing a full fitting service. We work hard to find the correct shape of shoe to suit your child’s feet. For the best range of quality shoes for children and teens with friendly service Visit Tiger Feet - Stockists of: Start-Rite, Ricosta, Geox, Lelli-Kelly, Vans, Converse, Hunter, Dr Martens, UGG’s and many more quality brands.

www.mytigerfeet.com Opening Hours Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5.00pm Out of hours appointment service is available- just ask 16 Bonnar Street | Dunfermline | KY12 7JQ Tel 01383 732 115 - enquiries@mytigerfeet.com

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10 REASONS

10 REASONS TO LOVE THIS REGION! There are dozens of reasons to love it here – these are a few of our favourites [01] Star quality

Fife’s historic harbours and architecture make it a dream location for film and TV. The West Sands beach in St Andrews was made famous in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire and featured in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics when Rowan Atkinson hilariously reprised the scene. Most recently, scenes from ‘Outlander’ have been filmed in beautifully-preserved villages such as Falkland. 42

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Aside from the obvious charms of the crow-stepped gables, cobbled streets and quaintly named wynds and pends of its towns and villages, Fife’s beaches and inlets are backed by forests, parks and hills made for cycling, walking and picnicking.

[03] Meet the folks

The saying: ‘It taks a long spoon to sup wi a Fifer,’ suggests you

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need your wits about you when dealing with those born here. With fishing, farming – and caddying – dependent on the weather, their canny natures are hardly surprising. However, behind that reserved exterior you’ll find kind, down-to-earth people with a dialect as unique as their surroundings.

[04] Wild side

Fife is an excellent place to watch wildlife.


Its forestry plantations and coastal and inland waters attract some of our rarer native birds and overseas visitors. You can see puffins and gannets on the islands in the Firth of Forth. Seals are a common sight there and around the coast, and you might see dolphins in St Andrews Bay or the Firth of Tay. Whales have been spotted in the Firth of Forth.

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[05] Food of life

From the ‘Fife Diet’ initiative, which aims to increase the enjoyment of locally-produced food and drink, to its world-class hotels and restaurants, Fife is a must for foodies. There’s a growing number of artisan bakers, butchers and cheese-makers across the region. Pittenweem even has its own chocolatier and Newburgh’s historic markets selling plums, pears and apples are also important events in the calendar.

[06] Raising the spirits

The tradition of brewing around St Andrews is alive and well with the Eden Brewery and St Andrews Brewery among more throughout

from internationallyacclaimed designer knitwear to pottery pigs.

Fife. Whisky lovers can look forward to the whisky currently maturing at the Daftmill Distillery, while the new Kingsbarns Distillery opened in December, 2014.

[09] Links with the past

[07] That’s entertainment

Live entertainment is flourishing in Fife with historic theatres offering touring productions as well as comedy and music, modern arts centres showcasing superb visual art and live music in bars and hotels.

[08] Shop talk

Whether you want to rummage round charity shops for a vintage outfit, pick up some arts and crafts or grab a bargain in a big name chain, Fife is a shopper’s paradise. Towns and villages have some fantastic independent shops offering quality items while studios and workshops offer everything

Most golfers dream of playing the Old Course in St Andrews. Home to the grand old man of golf, Old Tom Morris, whose shop still overlooks the 18th fairway, the town has reminders everywhere of the game’s proud heritage. There are courses, both links and parkland, to suit all levels throughout Fife.

[10] Romance

Aside from being golf ’s spiritual home, St Andrews also boasts Scotland’s oldest university, the alma mater of future king and queen the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The couple got together while students in St Andrews. St Salvator’s Hall, where they met and the Younger Hall, where they graduated, are easy to spot on North Street. n

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A taste of Scotland – and the world! If you’re spending time here, make sure you bring a healthy appetite

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ith its long tradition of fishing, Fife prizes its fresh and locally-sourced food – and so will you. St Andrews has long been a favourite haunt of the rich and famous, attracted by the magnet of the Old Course of course. David Anderson, a caddie who was appointed greenkeeper in 1851, decided to offer some welcome refreshment for thirsty players and set up a ginger beer stall on the course. It’s typical of the hospitality that any visitor will find in the town and throughout Fife. The game, as well as the historic attractions and scenery attracts so many international visitors that the food and drink offering has expanded to satisfy not only

guests but Fifers themselves who are becoming ever more conscious of what their home has to offer. Anderson, or Auld Daw as he was known, would take off his cap and scratch his head in wonder at the offerings at today’s Old Course Hotel. With offerings for those looking for a more formal dinner to tired golfers who would rather walk straight off the course and enjoy a relaxed bite, the destination attracts more than those who bring their clubs. The Road Hole Restaurant is the fine dining choice, with 3 AA Rosettes for its approach to modern Scottish cuisine, while its sister bar, offers a choice of more than 300 whiskies – a dram offering the perfect end to the day. A little less formal is The

Sands Grill, which still uses the highest quality Scottish produce but specializes in steak and seafood. Even more relaxed is Hams Hame Pub and Grill. It still offers fresh, local ingredients but has much more of a bar atmosphere where a great steak or burger can be enjoyed with one of Scotland’s many excellent craft beers. Few people will visit the hotel without taking a seat in the Jigger Inn, a step back in time to what was the station master’s house. There are few more atmospheric destinations that cater so beautifully for those who have a hearty appetite. The Duke’s Clubhouse rounds off the excellent offering from the Old Course. This really is the golfers’ destination, however, as the ideal venue for the 19th hole discussion (and a few laughs) about the round. ç P46

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P45 There are many other options for golfers who choose to immerse themselves in bunker culture throughout their stay. At the Dunvegan Hotel, Jack and Sheena Willoughby, keen golfers themselves, are only too happy to hear about that perfect drive or commiserate with a day of shanking. It’s a comfortable, welcoming bar and restaurant with a casual atmosphere but quality food and drink. Somewhere to satisfy everyone, whether they are musing over a scorecard or not, is Forgan’s. This incredibly stylish offering on Market Street is in the former golf club factory and has been transformed into a

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welcoming space that has used the interior well, not disguising its heritage but creating cosy bothies to relax and enjoy local artisan produce. There’s even a special children’s menu. Forgan’s is attached to the Mitchell’s Deli, where the menu offers fantastic salads, sharing boards, and traditional “pub grub” dishes, prepared with added flair and with the best possible produce. The Adamson in South Street saw a massive upsurge in interest as chef Scott Davies made his way through the rounds in the BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals in 2013, eventually finishing as runner-up. Despite the fact that there is so much beautifully-prepared meat on the menu, vegetarians will also find an imaginative approach. As you’ll see from the menu, the only thing the Vic Pub and Kitchen on St Mary’s Place takes seriously is the quality of the food and drink. The atmosphere is laid way back making it a favourite of students and younger residents. Everyone is welcome. Try it for breakfast or a

relaxed Sunday lunch. St Andrews also has a great choice of traditional fish and chip takeaways, superb value pub grub and more exotic dishes at popular Indian restaurants such as the Jahangir in Market Street. Not far from St Andrews is The Peat Inn, one of two restaurants in the area with a Michelin star. Chef proprietor Geoffrey Smeddle, along with wife Kathleen, has created one of Scotland’s prime foodie destinations, but still maintain a relaxed atmosphere, showing that fine dining doesn’t have to be stuffy. Heading south from St Andrews, we head into the East Neuk’s picturesque fishing villages. Although it is excellent there is much more here than the famous Anstruther Fish Bar. Also in Anster (the local name for it) is the Cellar, where a beautiful wynd leads diners into the relaxing atmosphere to enjoy beautifully considered and executed dishes that although use a range of innovative ingredients allow the simplicity of the fish and seafood to shine through. ç P48

Located in the very heart of Fife Visit Balbirnie House for either lunch or dinner The Orangery Visiting the Orangery for dinner is one of Fife’s most special experiences 3 course Sunday inclusive lunch £27.50 Canapes, 4 course feature dinner with coffee and tablet, each evening £37.50

The Balbirnie Bistro Wonderful value, with a lovely selection of Bistro classics Lunch and dinner 7 days weekly Special Lunch deal 2 courses £8.95, 3 courses £10.95 Open all day Saturday and Sunday

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For restaurant reservations, please call 01592 610066, or email reservations@balbirnie.co.uk

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Anstruther Fish Bar

‘TAKEAWAY OF THE YEAR’ 2014/15 – THE FOOD AWARDS SCOTLAND A UK FISH & CHIP SHOP OF THE YEAR WINNER Award-winning fish and chips and fresh local seafood have always been synonymous with Anstruther – and the ‘famous’ Anstruther Fish Bar. Family owned and managed since 2003, this world-renowned Fish Bar has won a host of awards and continues to reel them in, and is currently Scottish ‘Takeaway of the Year’ 2014/15 Winner. Situated on the harbour front, Anstruther Fish Bar is a favourite of locals and tourists alike and focuses strongly on serving only the freshest, sustainably caught seafood. Prime Scottish haddock is purchased directly from the boats by the owners themselves, filleted at their small processing company, Argofish, in nearby St Monans and then cooked to order while you wait. Scottish halibut, lemon sole, hake, prawns, locally caught crab and even freshly cooked lobster can be found on the Catch of the Day board alongside many more seafood dishes and traditional ‘chip shop’ favourites. Whether you choose to dine in the relaxed, friendly restaurant or on the seating area by the harbour – ”no visit to Fife is complete without a visit to the Anstruther Fish Bar.“ Daily Mail

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Castaway, a more formal dining experience but with no need to get too dressed up. Great food in season is also a feature of the Old Manor Hotel in Lundin Links. In the Seaview Restaurant, lunch and dinner is served throughout the week, with Sunday offering the particularly popular carvery. For something lighter, there are lounges offering a drink and snacks. The other Michelin star in Fife lives in Elie, at Sangster’s. Again, it’s a husband and wife team who offer an extraordinary menu with local produce from the sea and Scotland’s farmlands. While Bruce is in the kitchen, Jackie Sangster welcomes diners to the comfortable dining room. Like The Peat Inn, it’s a good idea to book ahead. If, instead of heading east from St Andrews, you drive west along the A91 to Guardbridge you’ll find a family-run restaurant and inn offering locally-brewed beers and a menu that will satisfy those with simpler tastes as well as those with more adventurous palates. The building has an interesting history as a feature of the former St Andrews railway. Some of Fife’s most historic villages have traditional inns that provide the same purpose as they have for centuries, providing comfortable bedrooms, hearty meals and perhaps some foaming ale (apart from ç P50


Craig Millar @ 16 West End

Set in the picturesque fishing village of St Monans in the East Neuk of Fife offers fantastic views of the harbour and Firth of Forth from The Bass Rock to the Isle of May and beyond. Craig uses the best of seasonal produce from land and sea. The service is friendly with an underlying sense of professionalism.

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The Hideaway RESTAURANT

In our country inn style bar and restaurant we serve only the finest local ingredients which are prepared by our award winning chefs and served to you in our relaxed informal dining room. The Hideaway Restaurant is located in the beautiful Fife countryside, but only five minutes from Dunfermline town centre and only twenty minutes from Edinburgh city centre.

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LUNCHES Tues-Sun 12noon-2.30pm EVENING MEALS Tues-Thurs 5pm-8pm Fri–Sat 5pm-8.45pm CLOSED MONDAYS High Teas: Sundays 4.30pm-7pm

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THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF DUNFERMLINE HAS A DISTINCT CHARACTER AND CAN OFFER ITS VISITORS A CHOICE OF TRADITIONAL DISHES AND SOMETHING WITH A LITTLE MORE SPICE room for gelato… Also on High Street, take a trip to Nepal and India at three excellent restaurants which all offer a wide range of authentic dishes, which always provides a good choice for vegetarians. Choose from the Amritsar Tandoori, Annapurna Gurkhas Restaurant and Namaste Gurkha. Those who have self-catering accommodation in the area can take away a feast. There’s a family-friendly choice at Home Farm View on Dean Park Way. It is part of the Eating Inn chain so parents looking to please fussy children will know what to expect. It’s not fine dining but it’s child-friendly and allows mum and dad to sit back and enjoy good portions of tasty favourites at good prices. This can also be enjoyed at The Elbow Room in Rosslyn Street, a traditional inn with rooms, a casual restaurant with pub food favourites and a bar. West Fife also has a range of excellent eateries. The family-run Cedar Inn is a

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favourite as a de facto 19th hole for the Aberdour Golf Club, but it’s also close to the beach. During the day it’s well-presented soup and sandwiches with a la carte dining in The Chartroom restaurant in the evenings. The ancient capital of Dunfermline has a distinct character and can offer its visitors a choice of traditional dishes and something with a little more spice. Locals swear by the Lee Garden Chinese restaurant in Hospital Street. Unpretentious and friendly, the large portions don’t compromise on quality. For a refined lunch or dinner, visit the Garvock House Hotel, set in two acres of its own grounds in the town. Its traditional and elegant surroundings are also perfect for a morning coffee with scones or afternoon tea with excellent shortbread. A short drive from the centre of Dunfermline is Carnock village. The 16th century Carnock Inn here is becoming a destination restaurant for visitors and locals. Since its new owners took over in early 2013, it has become a proper traditional inn with simple but excellent food and, they claim, the best steak pie in the area! n


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ARTS & CULTURE

A region at the heart of art! This region’s artistic heritage goes back centuries – and is still thriving today

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lthough the history of Fife and its importance as Scotland’s ancient kingdom is a firm bedrock to build a thriving cultural scene on, there is much more to the region than its past. Inspirational musicians, artists and writers have all sprung from its towns and villages. There are also beautiful traditional theatres and museums as well as contemporary spaces to explore the artistic heart of this fascinating area. From the cave drawings dating back to the Picts and found in the Wemyss Caves between the towns of Kirkcaldy and Leven to the cutting-edge architectural project to provide Dunfermline with its first town museum which will link the Andrew Carnegie Library with a disused bank building next door (due to open in 2016), the people have embraced all the arts. The light enjoyed by this area has inspired so many visual artists over the

years. Fife-born Jack Vettriano may not use Fife as his subject matter in his popular paintings but the quality of light and the boldness of his characters were all around him growing up. Artist and sculptor David Mach was also born here and has gone on to be one of the country’s most innovative practitioners. Throughout the area, however, there are examples of local artists who have taken their picturesque surroundings as their subject matter – particularly the East Neuk villages. In fact the Pittenweem Arts Festival showcases the 30 artists that are resident in the village. These and invited artists exhibit over nine days in studios, galleries and even private homes. Fife has always been a haven of music. From the folk clubs of the 1960s sprang a Dunfermline lass called Barbara Dickson and Auchtermuchty gave us that unique music duo The Proclaimers. Music based on tradition has always been a part of the

fabric, with Rab Noakes another star of the folk scene. More recently, the Fence Collective in the East Neuk was home to King Creosote and St Andrews girl KT Tunstall. The Younger Hall, where generations of St Andrews students have graduated is the leading venue for classical concerts often featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The building also houses St Andrews Music Centre, which holds lunchtime concerts by visiting and local professionals during university term times. In StAnza every March, St Andrews hosts Scotland’s poetry festival. At the university, there are poets and authors such as Professors Robert Crawford and Don Paterson inspiring the next generation of bards. When it comes to authors, there is something mysterious in the air with Scotland’s two top crime writers Ian Rankin and Val McDermid both hailing from Fife, as did the late Iain Banks. ç P54

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P53 Hollywood stars such as Dougray Scott and Shirley Henderson were no doubt inspired by theatrical productions in a wide range of splendid theatres such as Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre and Carnegie Hall, Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy, the Lochgelly Centre and Rothes Halls in Glenrothes. As well as plays and pantomime, they offer music, dance, comedy and children’s shows. The Byre Theatre in St Andrews was saved from closure following an agreement to hand over its operations to the town’s university, which is working out to be a huge success with a combination of local and touring companies using the impressive spaces. It’s a beautiful building, combining the rustic beauty of surrounding architecture with contemporary design. The drama also takes place out of doors, with historical re-enactments held in ancient castles and abbeys during the summer. The annual Bruce Festival commemorating King Robert the Bruce, is held in Dunfermline’s Glen. The 76-acre park, with its resident peacocks, attracts more than 750,000 visitors every year. The park was gifted to the town by Andrew Carnegie, a name known across

the globe and at one point its richest man. He was a tremendous philanthropist on both sides of the Atlantic and particularly to his home town of Dunfermline. His birthplace museum is a popular visitor attraction offering fascinating insight into 19th century life and the journey that he took from bobbin boy to the man who said that “the man who dies thus rich, dies disgraced”. Kirkcaldy Galleries has more than 6,000 objects, photographs and archives from the linoleum industry, dating from its beginnings in the town in the 1840s to the present day. For around a century, Kirkcaldy was the leading centre in the world for making the floorcovering linoleum. Smaller factories were located in the smaller Fife burghs of Falkland and Newburgh but Kirkcaldy is now the only town in the UK where linoleum is still made. Entertainment in Kirkcaldy stretches away back – and a long way. The Links Market, which takes place every April, is thought to date from the beginning of the 14th century and is Europe’s longest fair, stretching along the seafront, Kirkcaldy being known as the ‘lang toun’ of course. In August the Lammas Market in St Andrews is one of Europe’s oldest

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surviving street fairs. The Lammas Market in St Andrews is held in August. There are many historical street events in this university town, however, In April is the Kate Kennedy Procession, with history and colour and spectacle. This honours Lady Katherine Kennedy, the legendary niece of Bishop Kennedy who founded the university’s St Salvator’s College. It includes historical figures of note including past rectors such as JM Barrie and John Cleese! The identity of the student playing Kate is kept secret until the end. Students at St Andrews are busy types, also running Scotland’s largest studentrun arts festival every April. Called On The Rocks it includes visual arts including photography, film, theatre, dance, fashion, music and comedy. The grounds of St Andrews Cathedral, dominated by St Rule’s Tower is a wonderful place to enjoy some tranquility. The museum here can provide a window into the town’s sacred past and during the summer music performances are a feature of the cathedral programme. Just along the cliffs, on The Scores, you’ll find MUSA, the Museum of St Andrews University. The university recently celebrated its 600th anniversary


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so it’s easy to imagine the wealth of artefacts that it has amassed. More than 112,000 in fact. MUSA also offers a viewing gallery to admire the beauty of St Andrews Bay. For the story of the town itself, head over to the St Andrews Museum, within the grounds of Kinburn Park. If time is tight then head to the long-term display, St Andrews A-Z, which is housed in the downstairs gallery. This provides a fantastic overview and some interesting detail of town history through fascinating objects and images. Upstairs the exhibitions change regularly. No-one should visit the town without at least a quick spin around The British Golf Museum. For golf fanatics, it could take as long as a full round (factor in some bunker time) but the range of artefacts on show will also interest anyone with an interest in social history. There is the oldest known set of golf clubs in the world, the first Open Championship Gold Medal and casts of the hands and grips of golfing legends. At the expansive Cambo Estate in Kingsbarns, some 15 minutes east of St

Andrews by car, there is an incredibly strong link between the natural surroundings and culture. Exhibitions, talks, performances and many other events fill its calendar along with the magical Snowdrops by Starlight woodland festival each February. Social history plays its part in the culture with the fishing heritage of this area honoured at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. Inland at Ceres, the Fife Folk Museum is located within the original burgh tolbooth and a row of former weaver’s cottages. It provides a vivid picture into life in rural Fife through the ages. The collections of agricultural and craft tools, costume, toys and games, domestic equipment, pottery, paintings and clothing paint a picture of those who lived off the land. And the future of culture is bright. When the Dunfermline Museum opens it will be the first to explain the town’s significance as Scotland’s ancient capital. Combining the best of the new with a rich heritage makes this a pretty magic kingdom. n

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48 HOURS

If you’re only here for 48 hours… Getting to know this region will take many visits, but try this itinerary for starters…

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DAY 1 From the centre of the town few places in St Andrews, from the golf links to the medieval harbour, castle or cathedral, are more than a 20-minute walk away. Enjoy a bracing walk, or break into a run on the West Sands after breakfast. Pop in and say hello to the seals and meerkats – yes you read that right – at St Andrews Aquarium. Those not so keen on spending four hours on the golf links can browse around the shops. From rare books to jewellery, St Andrews has lots to offer. Or you could try one of the spas at the Old Course Hotel and Golf Resort beside the Old Course, or at the clifftop Fairmont

which also boasts its own two golf courses. A challenging attraction is St Rule’s tower in the grounds of St Andrews Cathedral. Its 156 steps and narrow winding staircase are not for the claustrophobic, but the view from the top is breathtaking. St Andrew’s historic Castle, projecting into St Andrews Bay has some of the most important siegeworks anywhere in Europe and its bottle dungeon is a grim reminder of its sometimes bloody history. Today, however it is a tranquil place to walk around and the views from its grounds are spectacular. Another peaceful place to sit and reflect is the university’s St Salvator’s Chapel on North Street which has stunning stained glass windows. ç P59

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DAY 2 You can’t stay in the East Neuk of Fife without visiting the fishing villages that line the coast. A short drive or bus journey from St Andrews lies Crail. Its attractions include small shops, scenic views, a tiny harbour, art galleries, a pottery and a museum. In neighbouring Anstruther the

waterfront forms one side of Shore Street, the main thoroughfare. The inner harbour pontoons are thick with leisure sailing boats and the RNLI has a station there. Many shops and eating places, including the famous Anstruther Fish Bar, enjoy open views over the Firth of Forth. You could easily spend a day at the nearby Scottish Fisheries Museum which also has a tearoom. While in Anstruther, take a boat trip to the May Island to see puffins, other seabirds and seals up close. The Isle of May RIB: ‘Osprey’ will give you two to three hours on the island. Alternatively, a trip on the ‘May Princess’ lasts around five hours with between two to three hours on the island. n

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Welcome to the night! This region really livens up after dark, and is always accompanied by the sound of music in all its forms

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ifers have always worked hard and played hard – and they welcome all those who would like to join them. From the stirrings of traditional dance music played by Sir Jimmy Shand and his Band from Auchtermuchty to the heavy rock of Dunfermline’s Nazareth and the modern-day lyrical music of King Creosote, music has always been a huge part of Fife entertainment. Artists such as Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes began in the folk clubs of Fife and all genres of music are still celebrated. There are still thriving folk clubs in Dunfermline, Crail, Glenfarg, and as far north as Newport-on-Tay, all welcoming new players and singers, or those who just want to listen. In fact, between the Firths of Forth and Tay and all around the East Neuk,

there are live music venues for listening, dancing or maybe a bit of both. Head to venues such as O’Connell’s in Kirkcaldy for some of the best bands playing cover versions from the 70s onwards – bands travel from outside Fife to play in this bar and diner where the clientele really appreciate live music. The Fife Jazz Festival is an annual event in February, which attracts the biggest names in jazz and blues – even Clint Eastwood’s son Kyle, an acclaimed jazz bass player, has played several concerts there. The festival uses venues across the region, from the largest concert halls to the smallest intimate rooms. February also offers a beautiful night-time experience in the grounds of Cambo Estate in Kingsbarns. The snowdrop festival also offers Snowdrops by Starlight. When the ground is

carpeted by the dazzling white flowers, the night sky is brought to life with beguiling lighting and a choice of art pieces and sculptures. These all help to create an experience that keeps the all-too-brief period when snowdrops are at their most beautiful firm in our memories. It can be chilly in February, however, so refreshments from the Snowdrop Tearoom, festooned with twinkling lights, will provide a warm welcome in more ways than one. There is evening entertainment throughout the year. If a more sedate experience, hearing poets read their work, is of interest then Scotland’s only international poetry festival, StAnza is held in St Andrews every year in March. The East Neuk Festival prides itself on offering superb art, literature and music in some of the most intimate ç P62

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P61 and beautiful venues in Fife, the idea being that the venue is a huge part of the enjoyment at any event. These are events that are created specifically for this festival – they won’t have been seen anywhere else.  The venues across the area offer programmes of theatre, music, comedy and dance throughout the year, from the Byre Theatre in St Andrews to the Alhambra and the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline, Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy, the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes, the Lochgelly Centre and many hotels and pubs. St Andrews also has the student Barron Theatre. With such a large population of students, St Andrews attracts a wide range of talks, music and comedy, with events organized by students often open to the public. That’s particularly true of the annual On The Rocks Festival, which is wholly run by students. There are many lively pub nights in St Andrews, with live bands, duos and acoustic

acts at bars throughout the town such as Aikman’s in Bell Street, with The Vic Pub and Kitchen a haven for those who like their music loud and from the decks of a DJ. The Mirth of Forth is a superb name for Fife’s travelling comedy club. Operating just across the water from Edinburgh, the world’s indisputable comedy capital, the friends who are behind it started in Burntisland and spread out to many venues across the Kingdom, as well as taking it to Edinburgh itself. If the latest blockbuster or an independent film is the best night out then there are many multiscreen complexes such as the Odeon at the Fife Leisure Park in Dunfermline with 10 screens. Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith also operates as a cinema when there are no live performances scheduled. Check the listings for new, classic and arthouse films. There are great independent cinemas, too, such as The Kino in Glenrothes and The Regent in Leven, as well as the New Picture House in St Andrews.

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These offer a more intimate experience with all the latest digital technology. For those keen to go clubbing, Kitty’s in Kirkcaldy offers the lights, sounds and atmosphere for a great night out on the dancefloor. There are five different rooms so there are quieter places to rest tired feet. In Dunfermline, The Collective on Bruce Street has a hotel, restaurant, bar and nightclub under one roof. The nightclub here is called Harlem @ Collective and offers big tunes and a range of designer drinks. Also in Dunfermline, on Kirkgate, is the stylish Life Bar and Club with four rooms, each with its own bar and two dancefloors. If you prefer to chill in a different way, the UK’s oldest professional ice hockey team, Fife Flyers, is based at Fife Ice Arena in Kirkcaldy. Matches are played in the evenings. Other sporting events include some evening games at football clubs including Dunfermline, Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. For faster action, many racetracks including Knockhill at Dunfermline have occasional evening meetings. At Cowdenbeath Racewall, however, there are stock car races every Saturday evening from March to October while Lochgelly Raceway has Friday under the Lights, generally on the first Friday of every month. Wherever you choose to spend evenings in Fife as a visitor the welcome will be warm from the friendly Fifers. n


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Our sporting life! Whether you want to watch or take part, there’s always plenty on offer here

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f you are looking for an active holiday, Fife is the perfect place to visit. Surrounded on three sides by water, its award-winning beaches are made for enjoyment and aside from sand castles, the golden sands surrounding the peninsula are great locations to walk, run, fly a kite or ride a horse. Kayaking, canoeing and surfboarding are also popular pastimes. Fife is home to the governing body of water skiing in Scotland, Water Ski and Wakeboard Scotland, based at Town Loch in Dunfermline’s Townhill Country Park. Facilities there are outstanding and open to all levels of abilities with equipment provided. Coaching and driving staff are fully qualified and there are ‘come and try’ sessions. Inflatable fun ‘ringos’ for individuals or group bookings are suitable for

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children and adults. As the National Training Centre for the sport in Scotland, boat driving and instructor courses are available for anyone keen to gain qualifications in the sports. For many visitors to Fife and in particular the acknowledged Home of Golf, St Andrews, their reason for being here is to follow that little white ball around in the steps of sporting icons like Palmer, Player, Nicklaus and Ballesteros. There are seven courses in St Andrews, the nine-hole Balgove is ideal for children and learners but challenging enough for the casual player. In addition to the Old Course itself, there are the New, Jubilee and Eden links courses to keep you on your toes. The sixth links course, Strathtyrum, is less demanding but a delight to play as the summer shadows start to lengthen. St Andrews Links Trust, ç P66

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SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; SPORT ENGLAND P64 which administers those publicly-owned courses also looks after the newest addition to the portfolio, the clifftop Castle Course overlooking the town, St Andrews also has three parkland courses, the Dukes, designed by five-time Open champion Peter Thomson, and is owned by the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa. The Kittocks and Torrance courses at the town’s other resort hotel, Fairmont St Andrews, also enjoy spectacular scenery. In all, Fife has more than 40 courses, both links and parkland to choose from. Cupar, some 10 miles inland from St Andrews, is said to be the oldest continuous nine-hole club in the world. ‘The Rockies’ the fifth hole on Anstruther’s nine-hole links, was voted the toughest par three in the UK. Clubs like Crail with its Tom Morrisdesigned Balcomie Links and newer Craighead course and Scotscraig at Tayport, are among the oldest in the world. Tom Morris also created Kirkcaldy Golf Club’s challenging parkland course at Balwearie. Kinghorn links along the coast was also laid out by the grand old man of golf. Neighbouring Burntisland was designed by Willie Park jnr in 1898 and later updated by James Braid.

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For walkers, Fife is blessed with waymarked paths, trails and the ultimate challenge, Fife Coastal Path. The 117- mile route stretches from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Tay. It offers a range of walking and you can obtain a map from the Harbourmaster’s House at Dysart Harbour near Kirkcaldy. The Kingdom’s many parks have some delightful features. Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy has a poetry stone circle, fountain garden and bog garden in addition to a range of facilities including play areas, putting, crazy golf, skateboarding and a boating pond. Options for runners are many and varied in the Kingdom. St Andrews Parkrun is a 5km run through the beautiful Craigtoun Country Park on the outskirts of the town open to everyone and held every Saturday at 9.30 a.m. Fife has more than 300 miles of cycle routes, along paths, forest tracks, quiet country lanes, disused railway tracks and commuter routes between towns and villages. The 109-mile Kingdom Route is for keen cyclists but there are several other routes

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suitable for adults and children. Check the Kingdom of Fife Cycleways website for more details. If you fancy exploring the area on horseback, Barbarafield Riding School at Craigrothie near Cupar is one of the oldest riding schools in Scotland, offering hacking and lessons over 300 acres of rolling farmland. Further east the Equestrian Centre at Kilconquhar Castle 15 minutes from St Andrews, offers a variety of rides around the surrounding countryside. The centre is British Horse Society and Trekking & Riding Society of Scotland-approved, and is also an RDA centre providing riding for adults and children with disabilities throughout the year. Balcurvie Riding School in Windygates offers hacks and lessons for all ages and abilities. Lochore Meadows has an indoor school or you can hack off-road, through 1200 acres in the country park. For indoor activities, you’ll find Fife has leisure centres in all the main towns. Fife Sports and Leisure Trust operates 13 facilities across Fife with a range of swimming pools, well-


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equipped gyms laid out with the latest equipment, sports halls and courts, aerobics studios, health suites and indoor and outdoor pitches. There are also private health clubs and gyms throughout the area. Getting fit can be painless. In St Andrews the Old Course Hotel spa has a 20-metre pool, thermal suite and fitness suite and any number of treatments to revive you. Fairmont St Andrews health club and spa has

top of the range cardio-vascular equipment and weight machines and a 16-metre pool, sauna and steam room all under the eye of dedicated instructors. For something completely different, get your skates on at Fife Ice Arena, the home venue of the oldest ice hockey team in the UK, Fife Flyers. The Kirkcaldy attraction offers public skating, lessons, ice hockey and – in season – curling.

Kingsbarns Golf Links Our passion is to host you for a memorable round of traditional Scottish links golf along 1.8 miles of picturesque North Sea coastline where each hole embraces the sea.

Fife may not be home to any Munros (hills more than 3000ft), but should you feel the urge to be vertically challenged, head for Rockface Climbing Wall in the Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline to try out your traverse and build on your bouldering. All ages and abilities are catered for, with rock boots and helmets available. The vertical walls have large holds and there’s a soft mat to land on. n

In addition to enjoying our Worldwide Top 100 ranked course, we hope lifelong memories of our comfortable, friendly and attentive service complete your “Kingsbarns Experience”. The relaxed clubhouse, broad smile from each member of staff and hearty handshake of the first tee starter - all combine to ensure your trip to play golf in Scotland includes what has been called the warmest welcome in golf.

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STRAP HERE

Getting here and getting around! This region is easy to get to and to get around

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TRAVEL

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etting to Fife and St Andrews is simple, with excellent public transport links from around the UK. This fabulous region is not far from Scotland’s cities and is also very easy to get around, making it the perfect destination for a day trip or longer stay.

GETTING HERE By road

If you are driving from Edinburgh and the south, Edinburgh is directly connected by the Forth Road Bridge. Then head to Dunfermline where the A92 takes you further into Fife. From Glasgow and the west, it is

easiest to take the M8 to Edinburgh and then head to Fife from there. The best route from Aberdeen and Dundee is to head for the Tay Road Bridge where the A92 continues into Fife. If you are heading to Fife from Inverness, Perth and north, follow the A9 from Inverness to Perth. Continue down the M90 from either the A912 at the Bridge of Earn, or continue to Dunfermline on the A92.

on the east and west coast. St Andrews is served by Leuchars station, where taxis and buses connect with a short journey.

By train

By bus

If you wish to get the train here, there are a number of train stations which have direct rail connections to other towns and cities in Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. There are also links to major English towns and cities

By air

A range of national and international flights fly into Edinburgh Airport and Dundee Airport which are both just a 20-minute drive from the Kingdom of Fife. Buses from all over the UK stop at Inverkeithing Ferrytoll, where you can continue your journey throughout Fife by bus.

By ferry

Direct routes on Scottish ferries operate ç P75

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Newburgh A913

Lindor B936

Pitmedden Forest

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Gateside A912

Burnside

Falkland

B936

Freuchi Glasslie

B969

Leslie

A911

Auchmuirbridge

GLENROTHES Kinglassie B921

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Lochore Hill End

A823

Balgonar

Blairadam Forest

B981

Lochgelly

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Saline

B915

Cowstrandburn A823

B913

Blairhall A977

Peppermill Dam

Gowkhall

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B917

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Cowdenbeath

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Dalgety Bay

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North Queensferry

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B9156

Limekilns

Kirkca

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Charlestown

B981

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Crossford B9037

Chapel

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A985

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Tayport

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Tentsmuir Forest

A914

Gauldry St Michaels

A92

Kilmany

Balhelvie Creich

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Balmullo

Rathillet

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Luthrie

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A914

Glenduckie

A91

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Lindifferon

A913

Blebocraigs

B939

B940

Pitscottie

A914

B9129

Stravithie

B940

Struthers

A915

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B9171

Anstruther Easter

B942

Lundin Links

B942

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Kilconquhar

A917

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Leven

Windygates

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Upper Largo A915

B9131

Colinsburgh

B927

Kennoway

A917

Arncroach B941

A916

Crail

B9171

Largoward

Muirhead Ponnybank

Fife Ness

Lathones

Montrave

A92

Craighead B940

Woodside

Markinch

Dunino

Peat Inn

Kingskettle

Star

Kingsbarns

A916

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Babbet Ness

A915

Baldinnie

Ceres Pitlessie

Prior Muir B9131

B939

B937

Boarhills

A917

Denhead

A91

Springfield

Ladybank

Brownhills

Kemback

A92

Collessie

St Andrews

Strathkinness

A91

Cupar

Fernie

Out Head

Guardbridge

St Monans

Elie Kincraig Point

Methil

Isle of May

Earlsferry

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P69 from Ireland to ports in the West Coast. From there you can take public transport or drive to the region which is around 90 miles (145 km) from Troon and 140 miles (225km) from Cairnryan. Ferries also run from the Netherlands to Newcastle in the north east of England, which is also around 140 miles away.

Public transport

For information about all public transport in Scotland, the best place to check for information and timetables is the Traveline web site – you can also download their mobile app or call them on 0871 200 22 33.

GETTING AROUND By road

The A92 connects the whole region and is perfect for car touring with many well signposted scenic routes linking the smaller towns and villages. Fife has around 300 miles of on and off-road cycle routes – bring your own or hire a bike in one of the towns. The Fife Coastal Route is a National Tourist Route which runs 85 miles around the coast of the region. You can use this route to explore the many towns and villages both around the coast and inland.

By bus

An express coach network links Anstruther, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Leven, Glenrothes, Cupar and St Andrews and is complemented by local bus networks in each town.

By rail

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Fife Circle trains make stops at numerous towns and villages in south west Fife while there are also regular trains which run between Edinburgh and Dundee. Bus connections are available between Leuchars (for St Andrews) and St Andrews town centre. n

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Let’s explore! Although you’ll never run short of things to do and see here, it’s also a great base to explore further afield

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nce you have arrived in Fife, you may want to spend all of your time getting to know the Kingdom better – which is hardly surprising, given the number of things to see and do. However, one of the reasons the area is such a popular place to visit is its accessibility, within easy reach of central Scotland, Highland Perthshire and the Angus glens. Rail and bus links to towns and cities like Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth

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and Aberdeen, mean you can leave the car behind and relax. Heading north, you’ll cross either the Tay Rail Bridge or the Tay Road Bridge into Dundee. The city is undergoing a transformation revealing stunning historic buildings and paving the way for future architectural landmarks such as V&A at Dundee, the first-ever design museum to be built in the UK outside London and due to be in use by 2017. With galleries, museums and a vibrant


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shopping centre, you could easily spend a day in Dundee, but should you want to explore further, the scenic coast road leads to Carnoustie, and a championship golf course. The busy harbour town of Arbroath a short drive further on is famous for its ‘smokies,’ (smoked haddock). Travelling west from St Andrews on the A91 through Cupar with its Georgian and Victorian buildings, you will come to Kinross on the shore of Loch Leven. Take a boat trip to the island where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned or enjoy a spot of bird watching at the RSPB visitor centre on Loch Leven Nature Reserve before continuing west into Clackmannanshire. In the 19th century, this area was scattered with textile mills, coal mines, ironworks and brickworks. Sterling Mills shopping outlet in Tillicoultry, at the foot of the Ochil Hills, is on the site of a former paper mill. Continuing towards the university town of Stirling, stop in Bridge of Allan with its monument to William Wallace. The view from the top is worth climbing its 247 steps. If you need reviving, there’s a coffee and gift shop.

Stirling Castle, overlooking the River Forth, has a long, turbulent history and is an international visitor attraction. The area’s leading arts venue, the macrobert, offers high quality live drama, music, dance, art and films. Stirling also has a refreshing variety of shopping options from national chains to independent outlets. Driving north east on the A9 out of Stirling towards Perth, you’ll travel through tennis star Andy Murray’s home town of Dunblane. Close to the town is the historic hotel he now owns, Cromlix. If you take a detour via Crieff, you will pass the remains of Roman Camps, castles, ancient burial grounds and standing stones. Huntingtower Castle, on the outskirts of Perth, dates back to the 1400s and is open to the public. Perth, nicknamed ‘The Fair City’, is a delightful mix of the old and new. There are excellent eating places from fine dining to fast food outlets and plenty of independent shops and big name chains, while Farmers’ Markets and International Markets are a regular feature. Well worth a visit is the Fergusson Gallery, honouring Scottish colourist JD Fergusson and his wife, dance pioneer Margaret Morris. n

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10 THINGS YOU MUST DO! There are loads of things to do here – but make sure you don’t miss these

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[01] Go for a walk

Fife’s way-marked coastal path runs for 117 miles from the Forth Estuary in the south to the Tay Estuary in the north. Tackle it as a long-distance challenge or choose a smaller chunk to explore. Alternatively head for the Lomond Hills, Fife’s highest point and an extinct volcano.

[02] Visit the islands of the Forth Inchcolm Island with its historic abbey is described as ‘The Iona of the East.’ A boat 78

trip passing under the iconic Forth Rail Bridge will take you there. Watch seals basking on the rocks.

[03] Swim with sharks

Scotland’s National Aquarium, Deep Sea World in North Queensferry can give you the thrill of a lifetime. In one of the UK’s only guaranteed shark encounters, you’ll come face to face with huge

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Sand Tiger sharks, conger eels, rays and hundreds of other fish.

[04] Take the air

You’ll drift to another level when you experience a hot air balloon ride over Fife. Taking off from Falkland Golf Club, at the foot of the Lomond Hills, savour the sight of forests where kings once hunted wild boar, the ingenious layout of the links, historic townscapes, sandy beaches


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house when the railway ran to St Andrews, the popular pub is rumoured to be haunted! It’s a favourite 19th hole of stars from the world of sport, film and entertainment, especially during the annual Alfred Dunhill Links pro-am.

and the mighty Forth and Tay bridges, from above.

[05] Visit an ancient monument

Fife has palaces, castles, mansion houses, abbeys and a cathedral, all with fascinating histories. Within those walls life may be peaceful now, but in years gone by, some have witnessed dark deeds and evil plots. Many, like the palace in the picturesque village of Culross, the clifftop Wemyss Castle near Kirkcaldy and Cambo House, in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife, have stunning grounds.

[09] Feast on fish

Anstruther’s award-winning Fish Bar on the seafront is a great place to enjoy a traditional sit-in high tea of locally-caught fish and delicious chips. If you prefer, eat them al fresco at the harbour overlooking the Firth of Forth.

[06] Fancy a festival

Fife offers a feast of festivals throughout the year. From the Fife Jazz Festival to the StAnza poetry festival in St Andrews; from food to historical re-enactments, there are events happening throughout the year.

[07] Stand in the footsteps of giants

The world-famous Swilcan Bridge spanning the burn from which it takes its name on the Old Course, has played a key role in many a

golf championship. If you’re there on a Sunday when the course is closed, pause for a second on the stone parapet where sporting icons have posed for the world’s media holding the prized Open Championship Claret Jug trophy.

[08] Toast the past

Have a drink in the Jigger Inn overlooking the Old Course. Formerly the stationmaster’s

[10] Try a coffee tower

Thousands of people come to St Andrews to find it every year. But any similarity to the little white ball which exerts such a pull to the home of golf ends here. We are talking about the famous Fisher & Donaldson Coffee Tower, a miracle of light Choux pastry filled with fresh cream and topped with delicious coffee icing and a giant-sized chocolate button. We’re told it inspired poetry and has been carried in the cockpit of fighter jets. n

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