The Kingdom of Fife, (and surrounding areas of Perth, Dundee, Angus and Edinburgh) is packed with lots to see and do. So you won’t be short of entertainment during your stay. Fife has great parks, golf courses, fishing, museums, art studios, outdoor activities, cycling routes, walks, beaches, historical buildings, markets, distilleries, indoor/outdoor sports, children’s activities, festivals and events.
…whatever you love to do…..you can do it in Fife!
Have a look at Welcome to Fife for more great ideas on things to do. They also have details of lots of current events. You can check out some of our favourites on our events page. And Visit Scotland have details of attractions across Scotland if you fancy travelling a bit further afield.
Here are just a few of our suggestions to get you started…
Museums and heritage sites
Fife and surrounding areas are home to a lot of museums and heritage sites covering everything from social history to design, zoology and visual arts.
There’s the stunning V&A museum 20 mins away in Dundee, or the Cupar Heritage Centre 5 minutes away.
The Fife Folk Museum is in nearby Ceres, and there are a number of museums in St Andrews including the British Golf Museum and Museum of the University of St Andrews.
Falkland Palace (Outlander location) and Hill of Tarvit Mansion are about 10 minutes away, or you could take a short boat trip to Loch Leven Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567. (She was also said to have stayed at Collairnie Castle (our neighbours!) while travelling to St Andrews).
You can also be at Glamis Castle, Scone Palace or Edinburgh Castle in under an hours drive.
Farm Shops and activity centres
(all on our doorstep) and great for adults and children
Muddy Boots : Local family run Farm Shop with fruit and veg straight from the field. Has a large café, and great kids activities including indoor play areas (slides, ball pits, soft ball cannons etc), grass sledging, zorbing, mini-tractors, jumping pillows and pottery.
Cairnie Fruit Farm: Another family run farm shop and fruit farm where you can pick your own fruit, try to find your way through the Maize Maze, relax in the café or use the funyard with go-carts, sunken trampolines, sand box, crazy swings, peddle tractors, bouncing pillow, 30ft flying fox, or 4WD barrel Bug Ride.
Scottish Deer Centre: Take a walk on the wild side, and get close up to 13 species of deer, plus wolves, Lynx, Scottish Wildcats, Otters, and European Brown Bears. also has daily falconry shows, and indoor/outdoor play areas including an adventure playground, zip wire slides, climbing frames and pedal karts. The Deer Centre also has a great café and a large Edinburgh Woollen mill shop with clothing, gifts, food and drink, and a Ponden Mill.
Fife Zoo: The Fife Zoo is working to set up the best small zoo in Scotland and has recently opened a taster section where you can meet Zebras, porcupines, lovebirds, meerkats and marmosets. Located a short distance from Kilbride Cottage the Zoo is open 10-6pm (last entrance 5.15pm) and the admission price for their taster section is £2.50 for Adults and £1.50 for children, under Ones are free. There is also a wonderful Africafé and Sloth Play soft play area.
There are 1 or 2 golf courses in Fife (…ok there’s a few more….over 50!). Some of the courses nearest to Kilbride Cottage are:
Ladybank (Open qualifier course)
Balbirnie Park (Tel: 01592 612095)
Kingarrock (9-hole hickory course)
Not forgetting the Old Course St Andrews (and the other 6 courses including Kingsbarns and the new Kings Course)
plus St Michaels, Drumoig, Lundin Links, and Leven Links.
Gleneagles is also about 45 minutes away.
Kilbride Cottage is the perfect base for a golfing holiday, with secure storage for clubs and trolleys. So why not organise a tour of nearby courses? Or contact Fairways Scotland a local company who can expertly craft an exclusive and tailored golf tour for you during your stay at Kilbride Cottage.
There are a few nearby theatres and venues that might just have your favourite artist or comedian playing, or you might just want to enjoy some traditional Scottish music or a play during your stay. There’s the the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, The Alhambra in Dunfermline, and OnFife (Fife Council’s Cultural Trust) run theatres in Glenrothes, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Lochgelly.
In Dundee there are the Caird Hall and Whitehall Theatres , the Gardyne, and the Dundee Rep.
There are a couple of local fisheries if you like to relax by, or on the water with a spot of fishing.
Parkview Fishery has a well stocked trout pond 5 mins from Kilbride Cottage (call 01337 831810)
Golden Loch fishing has both boat and bank fishing about 10 minutes away.
More Tourist information for Fife & surrounding areas can be found at the following links:
Visit Scotland (information about attractions across Scotland )
There’s even more listed in our housebook once you get to Kilbride Cottage. (you can have a sneak preview here if you want to plan some activities in advance)
Like our Facebook page @kilbride cottage to get updates about activities and events during your stay.