‘Take Time for You’ and become a tourist in your own town

If you're into cycling, why not explore areas of Fife on your bike?
If you're into cycling, why not explore areas of Fife on your bike?
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Parents are being encouraged to ‘Take Time for You’ and explore the Kingdom this winter.

In the latest instalment of Fife Council’s successful ‘Take Time’ campaign, Welcome to Fife has put together its top 10 recommendations on how to enjoy Fife on a budget this winter.

Take time to visit one of Fife's many landmarks, such as the Swilken Bridge in St Andrews.

Take time to visit one of Fife's many landmarks, such as the Swilken Bridge in St Andrews.

The Kingdom has Scotland’s highest number of national attractions, meaning parents will never be stuck for something to do.

It’s an ideal time to find out what Fife has to offer.

Ann Camus, Fife Tourism Partnership manager, said: “We are lucky to have so many options for things to do here in Fife all year round, which won’t break the bank.

“So whether you have an hour or a day to spare why not become a tourist in your own town this winter? You might be surprised what you find!”

Wrap up and enjoy a walk on the Fife Coastal Path.

Wrap up and enjoy a walk on the Fife Coastal Path.

One of the best ways to enjoy Fife in the winter months is to wrap up warm and try a section of the coastal path which goes all the way from Kincardine to Newburgh.

If getting the winter woollies out isn’t an option though, then Fife has a selection of great museums which are free. The Harbourmaster’s House at Dysart is steeped in history and parents can work up an appetite exploring the historic village before visiting its delicious bistro.

Provost of Fife Jim Leishman said: “Fife has a rich and fascinating history, with so much to see and do.

“From Dunfermline Abbey, to the Secret Bunker near Anstruther, and some of our wonderful coastal paths, there is plenty to explore.

“It’s important for parents to take time for themselves when they can, and Fife has so much to offer no matter what kind of activity you’re looking for.”

Parents looking to explore Fife’s cultural hub, will find that Kirkcaldy Galleries has a vast collection of Scottish art and the upstairs gallery spaces provide an oasis of calm where visitors can enjoy a fabulous range of art from the 18th century to the present day.

Thrill-seeking parents can take advantage of Fife’s 10 mountain bike trails, with breath-taking scenery and beautiful parklands and forestry.

Or for something more relaxing, why not head to St Andrews and bag a selfie at the world famous Swilken Bridge on the Old Course?

The festive season is the busiest time of the year for most parents, and according to Dr Marie Renaud, clinical psychologist at NHS Fife, that’s why it is even more important for parents to try to take a time out when they can.

“Enjoying being a parent depends on making sure you are taking care of yourself as well as taking care of your child,” she said. “Be aware of things that are causing stress that might affect your ability to be a parent.

“Try to build a little time to do something you enjoy each week, like exploring some of the fantastic attractions we have in Fife.”

There’s lots to do in Fife, without breaking the bank:

1 Wrap up warm and go for a walk. Why not try a section of the coastal path which goes all the way from Kincardine to Newburgh? Or one of the lovely parks across Fife.

2 If you like arts and crafts there are lots of galleries and shops to visit. Kirkcaldy Galleries has a great collection of Scottish art and the upstairs gallery spaces provide an oasis of calm where you can enjoy a fabulous range of art from the 18th century to the present day.

3 Get on your bike and explore. There are 10 mountain bike trails to try, taking you through lovely scenery including forests and parklands.

4 Treat yourself at one of the many great food places Fife has to offer. From cafes to Michelin starred restaurants there’s something to suit every budget.

5 If you’re sporty, try a free Park Run. There are three in Fife every Saturday in Dunfermline, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy. Just register online and turn up.

6 Most Historic Scotland properties are open all year round. A visit to Aberdour Castle, St Andrews Cathedral & Castle or Dunfermline Abbey & Palace costs less than £5 and the others in Fife are free.

7 Let the bus or the train take the strain and visit another part of Fife. There are so many lovely towns and villages close to home – just sit back and enjoy the ride.

8 Fife has some great museums, which are free. The Harbourmaster’s House at Dysart is well worth a look. Finish your visit with a bite to eat in the bistro and a stroll round the village.

9 Bag a selfie in one of Fife’s most famous locations like the Swilken Bridge on the Old Course in St Andrews where you can go for a walk on Sundays, or the magnificent Forth Bridge at North Queensferry.

10 Check out what’s on at your local theatre. There are some great shows at reasonable prices.