Guide To Holidaying In Fife
A guide by Tasha Sewell
Just beyond the Firth of Forth and lying just south of Edinburgh, you will stumble across Fife. It is easily reached by road or rail and is packed with traditions and stunning landscapes. Back in its time the 'Kingdom' was the centre of power and religion in Scotland, and Dunfermline was the stronghold of Celtic Kings, and in the grounds of its Abbey you will find the burial ground of twenty-two kings, queens, princes and princesses. The Abbey is nicknamed the 'Westminster of the North' for this very reason. Robert the Bruce himself lies directly beneath the carved oak pulpit, and you can also visit the shrine of St. Margaret or the birthplace of the richest man in the world, Andrew Carnegie.
This is also a town of peaceful parks and gardens; for example, you will find Pittencrieff Park quite splendid with its 76 acres of woodland, lawns and formal gardens; along with its sanitary of hundreds of species of birds.
St. Andrews lies slightly further north and today is better known as 'the home of golf'. The cathedral took 150 years to complete, is the largest structure in Scotland even now and for more than 7 centuries it has been visited and marvelled at. Close by is the castle, which was built as the bishop's palace. Steep cliffs protected it to the north while rock-cut ditches once defended the landward approaches.
Along the coast you will find a series of delightful fishing villages of the East Neuk and 17th century Culross, which are only separated by beautiful stretches of golden sand. If you are looking for a peaceful escape, then just inland here is perfect. Truly a haven for birdwatchers, and unstoppable trails for walking and cycling you will uncover locations it seems nobody else has!
There are historic houses all over the Kingdom, including the Royal Palace at Falkland, which was once the principal hunting lodge of the Stewart Dynasty and is open to the public from April to October.
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