Things to do - Fife

Fife was one of the major ancient Pictish kingdoms of Scotland and it is situated on the sunny East coast between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay. Even today is still well known as the Kingdom of Fife and this beautiful area has long been the perfect setting for a holiday or short break. Whether you are looking for picturesque fishing villages or charming towns, stunning sunrises and sunsets over beautiful beaches or the perfect game of golf, Fife has so much to offer.

There are boat excursions available to the surrounding islands including Isle of May Boat Trips, a business which operates from April to September. You can have two to three hours wandering around this stunning island and explore the nature reserve which is home to lots of wildlife including both puffins and seals. The company has expert skippers who will take you either on a private trip or on an organised tour. This is just one of the different and fascinating things to do in Scotland.

The capital of Dunfermline has an historic abbey that was built between 1128 and 1150. There is also the Abbot House and a palace, as well as museums to explore. Just 30 minutes away from Edinburgh, Fife also has a host of festivals throughout the summer including music, theatre and traditional Highland dance.

If you love animals and especially alpacas, Bowbridge Alpacas Scotland is a wonderful place to visit but make sure that you book in advance. A family run farm that is close to St Andrews, you can choose a visit of one or two hours and get up close to these beautiful creatures. There is the opportunity to lead an alpaca around an obstacle course and in the workshop, the chance to make your own mini alpaca fleece. On sale are traditional wool and alpaca products which you can buy to take back home as a memento of your visit to this special attraction.

The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum is another intriguing attraction. As well as seeing the 180 vintage buses you can take a trip around the site on one of the antique vehicles. It is fascinating to watch the restoration works on buses which are always in progress and there is also a restored railway. Depending on which time of year you visit you may be able to hop on a train for a ride. The museum is open from the 1st of April to the 1st of October.

The city of Dundee is at the heart of historic Fife and has many wonderful attractions suitable for all the family. Clepington Antiques is located at the bottom of Law Hill and houses an array of treasures including furniture, jewellery, paintings, old toys and clocks. There are nine rooms where you can relax and wander around viewing the contents then maybe pick up a real bargain to take back home.

After a day sightseeing in Fife, Driftwood Flotation Spa, which is situated at Kirkcaldy, is just the place to wind down. This is a family run Spa and offers the only open float pool in Scotland. Whether you want to indulge in a skin care treatment or just relax with a massage, you will leave with an enhanced feeling of well being and all the benefits that only a skilled therapist can provide.

Fife has a wonderful coastal footpath that goes all along the stunning coastline. En route you can discover quaint fishing villages like Anstruther and St. Monans. Alternatively, choose to walk the Fife Pilgrim Way which starts at North Queensbury and finishes at the historic town of St. Andrews. Take a sightseeing cruise on the Firth of Forth or wander around the historic seaside town of St Andrews. There is so much to see and do so whichever part of Fife you choose for your holiday you will never be disappointed.