Located just north of Edinburgh and fringed by the Firth of Forth, Fife (or the Kingdom of Fife as it is officially known) is an often overlooked corner of Scotland.
Those in the know, however, are aware that it is home to some of the country’s prettiest villages and a wealth of historic architecture and monuments. Highlights in this sinewy region of Scotland include the Royal Burgh of Culross (a National Trust for Scotland gem that takes you back in time to the architecture of and life in the 16th and 17th centuries) in the west,Â Â with its magnificent Abbey and the majestic ruins of Falkland Palace.Â The pretty whitewashed fishing villages of Elie, Crail, Pittenweem, St, Monans and Anstruther meanwhile comprise the celebrated East Neuk.
Fantastic Fish and Chips
Anstruther, the most visited of the villages, boasts great fish and chip shops (chippies), in the form of the Wee Chippy and the Anstruther Fish Bar , as well as the informative Scottish Fisheries Museum.
The most attractive of the East Neuk villages, however, is Crail. Here you descend past a collection of strikingly beautiful cottages to a very attractive harbour.
For many Fife’s crowning glory is St. Andrews is famous around the world as the home of golf and one of the most celebrated links courses on the globe (the Old Course). However it is also home to stunning golden sand beaches, a dramatic ruined castle and abbey, one of the UK’s leading universities (famously attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and a plethora of cafes, bars and restaurants.