Where to go and what to do in Fife

St Monans windmill
St Monans windmill

Our guide to help you enjoy the rest of the summer

1. Aberdour Castle (£) - Explore the 13th century fortified residence with its walled garden and terraces with beehive-shaped dovecot.



2. Beaches - Fife has many beautiful beaches to be enjoyed, three with Blue Flag status. Spend the day at the seaside, building sand castles, collecting shells, paddling and having a picnic.

3. Botanic Gardens, St Andrews (£) - Explore the stunning gardens and discover thousands of species of ferns, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees.

4. Burntisland Fairground (£) - The annual fairground rides are on the Links. Scream if you want to go faster!

5. Cambo Estate (£) - Walk around the walled gardens and the woodland trails. Spend time observing the pigs and the horses.

Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle

6. Carnegie’s Birthplace, Dunfermline - Find out how Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the world and the father of modern philanthropy.

7. Coastal walks - With 117 miles of beautiful coastline take an opportunity to go and explore. There are short sections that can be easily walked if you don’t fancy the whole thing.

8. Community festivals and galas (some may be £) - During the summer months many communities host annual festivals and gala days that offer a great day out for the whole family.

9. Crail Museum, Crail - Visit this exhibition showing the past life of this ancient royal burgh.

10. Culross - Stroll through the streets of this 16th-18th century village and visit the Abbey (£) and Palace (£).

11. Cupar Heritage Centre - Discover more about eminent people associated with the town and memories of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 and how it was celebrated in Cupar.

12. Dino Experience, Glenrothes - The Kingdom Shopping Centre presents the Kingdom Dino Experience 2013 filled with all things prehistoric.

13. Deep Sea World, North Queensferry (£) - See and find out more about the creatures living beneath the waves.

14. Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfermline (£ for nave, palace and gatehouse) - Visit this important historical site, founded in the 11th century. The Abbey church is the last resting place for many Scottish Kings and Queens.

15. Falkland Palace, Falkland (£) - This Royal Palace was used as a country residence by the Stuart dynasty. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

16. Fife Animal Park, near Collessie (£) - Both domestic and exotic animals are on show at this haven for animal lovers. From rabbits and guinea pigs to zebra, lemurs and meerkats.

17. Fife Folk Museum, Ceres (£) - Discover the history of everyday rural life. The collection includes agriculture and craft tools, costumes, toys, pottery, paintings and more.

18. Fishing villages and harbours - Spend the day exploring the East Neuk’s fishing villages and take a walk around their harbours.

19. Glenrothes Town Art Trail, Glenrothes - Work your way around Glenrothes and see how many of the pieces of town art you can see. There’s a wide array, from hippos to dinosaurs, picture frames to chariots and irises to crocodiles.

20. Himalayas, St Andrews (£) - Fancy trying out your shot on the putting green, then this the ideal place. Next to the Old Course, the Ladies’ Putting Green features some hilly obstacles.

21. Highland Games - Visit one of the historic events on the highland games circuit.- Burntisland on July 15; St Andrews on July 28 and Inverkeithing on August 3.

22. Hill of Tarvit, Cupar (£) - This Edwardian mansionhouse is home to a splendid collection of antiques, furniture and paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn and Allan Ramsay. Set in beautiful and tranquil grounds.

23. Isle of May, Anstruther (£) - Board the May Princess and spend a few hours on this island in the Forth which is a breeding ground for wildlife, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, terns and grey seals.

24. Kellie Castle, Pittenweem (£) - Dating back to the 14th century this castle is set in grounds with acres of woodland, a bird hide and beautiful gardens. Design features are by Sir Robert Lorimer.

25. Kirkcaldy Galleries, Kirkcaldy - Visit the newly refurbished museum and art galleries. See the permanent ‘Moments in Time’ exhibition as well as ‘The People’s Pick’ displays or create your own masterpiece in the Art Lab.

26. Ladybank Woods, Ladybank - Follow the nature trail through the woods and keep an eye out for squirrels.

27. Library summer events - Why not take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and try to read six books over the holidays, or visit the library on a day when they have workshops, storytelling or other family friendly events on.

28. Loch Leven - Enjoy a stroll and follow the nature trail around the loch spotting wildlife on the way.

29. Lochore Meadows - The perfect place for a day out, walk or cycle the trails and take time for some birdwatching too.

30. Lomond Hills - Climb the hills, which are not too high and offer stunning views of the Kingdom.

31. Maspie Den, Falkland - Walk through Falkland Esate to Maspie Den and see the Yad Waterfall.

32. Methil Heritage Centre, Methil - ‘A Cabinet of Curiosities’ is all about collectors and collecting, from a whale’s ear to a Zulu spear you’ll find it all.

33. Museum of Communication, Burntisland - Find out what life was like before mobiles in the ‘All our Yesterdays’ exhibition.

34. Museum of St Andrews - ‘Animal Magic’ offers plenty for the family to see and do from feathered friends to furry beasts, and dressing up to intrepid explorer games.

35. Parks - There’s an abundance of green space and parks in Fife with somewhere in most towns. If the weather’s nice why not make the most of them – take a picnic, enjoy a stroll or a cycle, take a frisbee and enjoy the outdoors.

36. Pittencrief House Museum, Dunfermline - Set within Pittencrieff Park the 17th century mansion houses ‘Magic of the Glen’. Find out how the park came to be.

37. ‘Quid a Kid’ at leisure centres (£) - Take advantage of the offer by Fife Council for children to swim for free in the holidays and enjoy other sports for just £1 per child.

38. Ravenscraig Castle, Kirkcaldy - Explore the ruins of the castle in Ravenscraig Park.

39. Scotstarvit Tower, near Cupar - Probaby built in the 15th century this is renowned as the home of Sir John Scot, author of ‘Scot of Scotstarvit’s Staggering State of the Scots Statesmen’.

40. Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther (£) - View the current exhibition ‘Home from the Sea’ and learn about fisherfolk’s houses.

41. Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, Lathalmond (£)- Take a guided tour on a vintage bus, look around the workshops and see vehicles restored or under restoration.

42. Secret Bunker, near Anstruther (£) - The bunker beneath a farmhouse in the East Neuk was Scotland’s best-kept secret for over 40 years. Now you can explore it and see where Scotland would have been governed from if there had been a nuclear war.

43. St Andrews Aquarium, St Andrews (£) - Among the array of species that can be found at the aquarium are some new visitors. Four humbolt penguins who are waiting for your visit.

44. St Andrews Castle, St Andrews (£) - The ruins of the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews are worth a visit. Explore a siege mine, a counter-mine and view the ‘bottle dungeon’.

45. St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews (£) - Visit the ruins and climb St Rule’s tower for some amazing views of the town.

46. St Fillan’s Cave, Pittenweem (£) - The cave in Cove Wynd was used as a chapel by 7th century missionary St Fillan. It contains a spring and a well and has a rich history.

47. St Margaret’s Cave, Dunfermline - Take a look at where Queen Margaret came to pray over 900 years ago. There’s a tunnel with 87 steps going deep under ground.

48. St Monans Windmill, St Monans - The windmill sits above the salt pans right on the coast.

49. Tentsmuir Forest, near Leuchars - Enjoy a walk in the woodland or on the beach. Take a picnic and try to spot some seals.

50. Wemyss Caves - Why not visit the caves on the next open day, which is this Sunday (July 14).