Forth Bridge

Spend a day in Fife

Discover picture-postcard fishing villages, magnificent castles, stunning countryside, Instagrammable locations, world-famous golf courses, a spectacular coastline, delicious food, friendly locals and much, much more in the Kingdom of Fife.

Popular with Edinburgh locals and visitors alike, Fife is easy to reach from the Scottish capital, with plenty of travel options. Why not jump on the train and cross the iconic Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can use Traveline Scotland to plan your journey.

Start your day by the sea

Deep Sea World

Take the 20 minute train journey from Edinburgh Waverley to North Queensferry, crossing over the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge. Walk the new Forth Bridges trail, or explore the historic village, including the world’s smallest working light tower where you can take a turn at lighting the lamp. Or why not visit Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium where you can see Europe’s largest collections of sharks in one of the world’s longest underwater tunnels. 

From North Queensferry you can head inland to Scotland’s newest city, Dunfermline or continue along the coast, by train or bus.

Discover Scotland’s newest city

Dunfermline Abbey
Image Credit: Fife Council, Damian Shields

Once Scotland’s ancient capital, Dunfermline has lots to enjoy. Explore the heritage quarter with its medieval buildings, 12th century Dunfermline Abbey, the city’s oldest house – Abbot House – and award-winning Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries which showcases Dunfermline’s fascinating history. Did you know that Dunfermline Abbey is the final resting place of 11 Scottish kings and queens, including Robert The Bruce?

Take a wander through Pittencrieff Park which was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by its famous son Andrew Carnegie. You might spot one of the resident peacocks if you’re lucky.  

When you’re hungry you’ll find lots of places to eat and drink from cosy cafes to award-winning Indian street food.

Stay a bit longer and take in a show at the Alhambra Theatre which regularly hosts big names in music, theatre, dance and comedy.

Explore the coastline

Image Credit: VisitScotland, Kenny Lam

If you decide on the coastal option, stop off at Burntisland. You’ll discover award-winning Burntisland Beach, historic buildings and a bustling high street with great independent businesses. Grab a coffee from one of the lovely cafes as you take in the sights – there are plenty of spots to sit and watch the world go by.

Pick up some lunch in Burntisland to take with you, as you’re headed for a trip along the famous Fife coast. The Fife Coastal Path, Scotland’s longest continuous coastal path, stretches 117 miles, but you can hop on and off the train or bus at different points.

Burntisland to Buckhaven is a 14 mile section of the route, with historic, scenic stops along the way. Notable stops include the town of Kirkcaldy with its waterfront views and historic Merchant’s Quarter, Dysart – a place packed with character and the Wemyss Caves with their unique collection of Pictish carvings. Wherever you choose to stop along the route, you’re promised unforgettable views along the way.

Spend the early evening in St Andrews

The Old Course in St. Andrews
St Andrews
St Andrews Castle

Once you reach Buckhaven, catch the bus to St Andrews – the journey should take just over an hour.

Although small, St Andrews is packed with things to see. It’s the home of golf, with the world-famous Old Course, and home to Scotland’s oldest university, The University of St Andrews (where Prince William met Kate). You can also discover St Andrews Castle, which once housed one of Britain’s most infamous castle prisons and St Andrews Cathedral which was Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church. Take a walk along the famous West Sands too, famous for its starring role in the film Chariots of Fire.

St Andrews is a real foodie destination, with everything from fish and chips to fine dining. If the weather is good, don’t forget an ice cream too.

To get back to Edinburgh, take the direct bus or the short trip to Leuchars. From there, the train to Edinburgh Waverley takes just over an hour.

Plan you trip to Fife

For more information, visit Welcome to Fife and follow and tag them on Facebook @welcometofife, Twitter @welcometofife, Instagram @welcometofife and TikTok @welcometofife #LoveFife