Fife: The Best Things to Do

East Neuk of Fife


Nestled between the rivers Forth and Tay in eastern Scotland, Fife is a beautiful region that offers a unique blend of natural beauty and charming villages, surrounded on three sides by a stunning coastline.

Also referred to as the ‘Kingdom of Fife’ it’s situated to the north of Edinburgh and East Lothian, with Perthshire and Tayside to the west and north and the North Sea to the east.

Spanning an area of approximately 512 square miles, Fife’s geography is one of the most diverse in the country. The region is home to some of Scotland’s most stunning beaches and it’s famous for the charming fishing villages that can be found along its easternmost tip in an area locally known as the East Neuk.

The region is dotted with castles (the highlight being Falkland Palace) as well as ancient towns like St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, which is famous for the iconic Old Course and St. Andrews Cathedral. St. Andrew’s prestigious university, charming old streets, castle and superb beaches ensure that it remains a hit with tourists year after year.

st andrews cathedral

It isn’t possible to talk about Fife without mentioning its beautiful coastline and the Fife Coastal Path. This footpath offers long-distance walkers a 116-mile trail that combines breathtaking views and endless wildlife sightings from the Forth Estuary in the south all the way to the Tay Estuary in the north.

For history buffs, the medieval Dunfermline Abbey is a must-visit, as is the Carnegie Birthplace Museum which celebrates the legacy of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie who was born in Dunfermline.

The charming fishing villages of the East Neuk are another highlight of Fife. These include Anstruther, known for its award-winning fish and chips and the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Crail, with its historic harbour, and Pittenweem, famous for its annual arts festival.

East Neuk of Fife

Fife is also known for its nature reserves and park areas, two of which – Lomond Hills Regional Park and Tentsmuir Nature Reserve – are regarded as being among the top scenic locations in the southeast of Scotland.

In conclusion, Fife is a region that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history enthusiast, a foodie, or a golf fanatic, this is one region of Scotland that guarantees an unforgettable experience.

Find places to visit and things to do in Fife with these visitor guides.

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