Sponsored post: From stunning castles to picturesque coastal villages, Fife really does have something to offer just about everybody and we have plenty of ideas to help you explore the Kingdom. In the year of the Homecoming, there’s never been a better time to visit with a full range of exciting events taking place.
Fife has plenty to offer all year round. There is mile-after-mile of superb coastline, whether rocky shore or sandy beach, offering wonderful views not just across bays and coves but across the hills and dales of Tayside and Lothian. Almost all of this coastline is easily accessible.
There is, of course, an abundance of golf, as well as motor racing and plenty of sporting opportunities for the more adventurous, while others might be more attracted to some great shopping and fantastic food.
Here you’ll find a selection of ideas for places to visit and things to do for all the family.
Scottish Deer Centre
The Scottish Deer Centre is set in the Fife countryside and covers over 55 acres. Their collection includes 14 species of deer from around the world, Fife’s only wolf pack, otters and other rare Scottish species including the wildcat. They also host the Raptor World’s Bird of Prey centre. You can spend a day at the SDC looking at the many species with play-areas inside-and-out for the children, ranger tours and daily Bird of Prey shows.
Bow of Fife, Cupar, Fife KY15 4NQ; www.tsdc.co.uk
The Russell Hotel
The Russell Hotel, a Victorian terraced town-house, is situated on The Scores overlooking St Andrews’ Bay and is just two minutes walk to the first tee of the world famous Old Course. The hotel offers guests comfortable accommodation, an award-winning a la carte restaurant (AA Rosette & Taste of Scotland) and a lounge bar with open fire and a fine selection of wines, malts and ales. The award winning restaurant, with head chef Michael Smith at the helm, delivers Scottish influenced menus created with imagination and flare, and is one complemented by a creative wine list and a candlelit, cosy and intimate setting.
26 The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AS; www.russellhotelstandrews.co.uk
Charelton Golf Club
Charelton is the ideal course for group and society outings with discounts provided for larger parties. The testing 18-hole (par 72, SSS 72) Parkland Course lies alongside a 9-hole Pitch & Putt, driving range and club house with restaurant and bar. Golf buggies are also available to rent.
Whatever your golf level, your day out at Charelton in Colinsburgh will be a memorable one. Whether you are a single golfer or a large group, the friendly and accommodating staff will ensure your experience is as enjoyable as possible. An affordable all day menu is available, along with a vast array of beers, spirits and soft drinks.
Just north of Dunfermline lies Knockhill Racing Circuit, which has been operated by current owner Derek Butcher since 1983. Knockhill is famous for hosting some of the top motor-sport events in the UK, including the British Touring Cars, the British Superbikes and the Scottish Motorshow. As well as amazing racing action, Knockhill is a busy place seven days a week operating driving experiences, corporate entertainment and team-building events, driver training, go-karting and track-days.
By Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 9TF; www.knockhill.com
Mr Milano’s may be a small place but it’s big in quality and value for money. A popular haunt with St Andrews’ residents, it also caters for plenty of students, golfers and other visitors to the famous town. The menu offers an array of sumptuous meals, including fried chicken, generously-sized burgers, stone-baked pizzas, baguettes, baked potatoes, kebabs and even milkshakes and smoothies. Their speciality, however, is chicken, which is covered in a crispy flour coating of different, delicious flavours, including spiny, lemon and chilli. Takeaways and speedy deliveries are also available.
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Loopy Lou’s salon in Dalgety Bay prides itself on offering a cosy, friendly haven for clients who want to come and experience high-end treatments from highly qualified staff that hold a CND grand master in shellac and enhancements, as well as a second master painter (they specialise in Sienna X, Shellac, CND and HD Brows). They cater for everyone with a wide variety of treatments from waxing, tanning, massage, Hopi ear candles and lashes as well as the highly sought-after HD Brows with over a year’s experience in this treatment. The salon also provides kids pamper and spray tan parties upon request and booking.
21 Ridge Way, Dalgety Bay, dougieweir.wix.com/loopy-lous
Friends of the Botanics
The friends are an independent charity founded in 1980 in St Andrews, whose objects are to support and further the work of the garden. Membership benefits include free access to the garden, free distribution of seeds, a quarterly newsletter, private visits to other gardens, an annual dinner and an annual general meeting. For all those fond of flora, there are also public events, workshops, plant sales, botanic garden conducted walks and a lecture programme, with children’s activities also popping up like flowers throughout the year.
St Andrews, www.st-andrews-botanic.org
Reopened in 2010, this Glenrothes cinema had been untouched since it closed in 1998. It has been totally revamped and has now turned fully modern, featuring a lounge bar, three screens and all films are shown digitally, with 3D capabilities and luxury leather sofas for its flocking customers. Often featured are the latest popular releases, special events and screenings, with venue hire also available for private parties. Additionally, their 35mm late night have returned, featuring both contemporary and cult films.
2 Church St, Glenrothes, www.thekinocinema.co.uk
Frankie and Bennys
Rumour has it that Frankie Giuliani was 10 years old when, along with his Mamma and Poppa, he left Sicily and landed at Ellis Island, New York in 1924. Poppa soon found work, but from the home country he’d brought a little money and a lot of ambition. It was no surprise then, when the family opened a restaurant within a year, everybody helping with the building and cooking in equal measure. In 1953 Poppa retired and Frankie and Benny took over the business, combining the best of popular American food with traditional Italian dishes. The rest, as they say, is history.
Fife Leisure Park, Dunfermline, www.frankieandbennys.com
University of St Andrews
Over the last 600 years, the University of St Andrews has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading research and teaching centres. St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking World, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe’s leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research. Take a look at their website for all the upcoming events.
St Andrews, www.st-andrews.ac.uk
Leven Golfing Society
Leven Golfing Society is the 11th oldest golf club in the world, dating back to 1820. The Club prides itself on its welcoming approach and its excellent traditional facilities. Top quality catering is provided by their Club Master. The Club has a large spacious bar, snug bar, dining room, meeting room, a snooker room as well as a large car park for members. The clubhouse offers fantastic views out over the links towards Largo Law and towards Lundin over Largo Bay.
Club House, Links Rd, Leven, www.levengolfingsociety.co.uk
Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity created in 1931, raises funds for other deserving charities, by facilitating the opening of gardens of horticultural interest of all sizes, throughout Scotland to the public.
Enid Hutt Gallery
There is an extensive selection of artwork at the Enid Hutt Gallery, from limited edition prints to wall mirrors and metal wall sculptures. Whether you’re looking for artwork for your own home or as a gift, you’re bound to find the perfect wall decor from their massive collections. They also deliver to the UK and worldwide. The gallery stocks artwork and wall sculptures by hundreds of artists including Fabian Perez, Henderson Cisz and Doug Hyde. The Enid Hutt Gallery is one of the most prestigious art galleries in Scotland, and has been a registered member of the Fine Art Trade Guild since 1991.
27 St Clair St, Kirkcaldy, www.enidhuttgallery.com
Monarch of the Glen Caravan Park
This superb 40-house development has a wide range of houses available, which are graded depending upon location and outlook. They enjoy an attractive landscaped-framework, with each Monarchhome having its own blocked paved driveway. All sites have connections for mains electricity, water drainage and telephone. A number of the homes have been sold with a fair percentage going to retiring couples. Affordable part owner houses are also available.
Montrose, Angus, www.monarchoftheglenpark.co.uk