Fife Tourist Information Travel Guide

Fife Tourist Information Travel Guide

Wherever you​ are from,​ we wish you​ a​ warm welcome from Citylocal Fife,​ ‘the business directory in​ Fife’ based near the​ Royal Burgh and City of​ Dunfermline and covering all the​ ancient Kingdom.

WELCOME to​ the​ Kingdom of​ Fife!

If you​ are visiting Fife by road from the​ North or​ South,​ then we apologise for taking your money for the​ privilege of​ crossing the​ bridge(s); and rest assured we wouldn’t do that if​ Dunfermline were still the​ Capital of​ Scotland instead of​ the​ young upstart,​ Edinburgh. it​ does however indicate that the​ Scottish Parliament places more value on​ Fife than Edinburgh.

Dunfermline is​ a​ city with many easily accessible and interesting attractions,​ from its ancient 12th-century Abbey to​ the​ restored 15th-century Abbot House where you​ can enjoy a​ snack and drink in​ its cosy café,​ or​ you​ can choose to​ explore the​ bustling High Street and once you​ have finished your retail therapy you​ can relax and absorb the​ atmosphere in​ ‘Oolahs’,​ a​ modern and well appointed café in​ the​ High Street.

Andrew Carnegie the​ world famous industrialist and philanthropist was born in​ Dunfermline in​ 1835,​ and as​ you​ explore the​ City you​ will find his ‘ghost’ is​ everywhere,​ no more so than in​ his family home,​ a​ humble weaver’s cottage which been preserved and extended to​ include a​ museum of​ his life.

Only a​ few minutes drive from Dunfermline,​ you​ will find several villages worth visiting,​ Culross (another Royal Burgh) to​ the​ West,​ is​ in​ my view the​ most interesting,​ and when you​ walk along the​ narrow cobbled streets you​ can imagine yourself back in​ the​ 16th or​ 17th century. the​ village is​ kept in​ first class order,​ and the​ pan-tiled houses with their crow-step gables have been sympathetically restored. There is​ plenty to​ see and do for both adults and children,​ and if​ time is​ short I would suggest that your priority is​ the​ Palace (built between 1597 and 1611) which was the​ home of​ Sir George Bruce,​ an​ enterprising merchant and coal baron. Its original interiors feature some magnificent painted woodwork and ceilings,​ and it​ has mediaeval gardens to​ the​ rear. the​ Palace has its own first class tea rooms,​ and ‘The Red Lion‘,​ a​ local pub,​ has an​ excellent restaurant with a​ varied and very reasonably priced menu.

Limekilns and Charlestown although not on​ the​ same scale as​ Culross are also both picturesque coastal villages,​ with their own character and history,​ and are well worthy of​ a​ visit,​ especially in​ the​ summer months. There is​ a​ good selection of​ beer and meals available at​ the​ ‘Ship Inn’ in​ Limekilns,​ and ‘The Elgin Hotel’ in​ Charleston is​ also worth a​ visit.
In our next edition we will cover the​ towns of​ Aberdour,​ Burntisland,​ Inverkeithing Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy as​ we move up towards the​ East Neuk on​ the​ way to​ St Andrews.

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