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Burntisland
Travel Guide

Aberdour Castle showing a house

Enter a medieval abbey on an island and explore castles in this charming town with stunning views of the countryside.

Burntisland is known for its beaches and castles. It has pleasant views of undulating meadows and a prime location on the shore of the Firth of Forth that runs into the North Sea. Hike along the water through the rustic countryside to encounter the medieval buildings that give this town its personality.

Visit two castles. Aberdour Castle, dating back to the 1100s, is one of Scotland’s oldest preserved structures. Take a guided tour to learn its history and enjoy a picnic in the scenic gardens. It has floral displays, a dovecote and a medieval church. Learn the intriguing history of the 16th-century whitewashed mansion of Rossend Castle, involving abbots, Oliver Cromwell and Mary, Queen of Scots. The building is currently used for offices.

Another historic gem near town is Inchcolm Abbey on its namesake island. Take a boat to the islet and explore the wildlife and vegetation. Enjoy spectacular views of the Fife countryside and Edinburgh across the water. Marvel at the preserved walls and rooms of the abbey, which dates back to the 12th century.

Aside from the majestic medieval structures, Burntisland has many sandy beaches. Bring your family to Silver Sands Beach, which backs onto a forest. Sit at a wooden table with a picnic and enjoy the island. Sunbathe on the sand before cooling off in the water. Kayaking and sailing are popular here.

East of town, take the kids to the Craigencalt Farm Ecology Centre on Kinghorn Loch. Learn about how we interact with the natural world and our role in preserving it. Nearby, play a few rounds at the Kinghorn Golf Course.

The town has warm summers and cold winters with snow flurries. It is just north across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh. Drive for 20 miles (32 kilometers) to reach the capital city via the Forth Bridge. Trains from Burntisland Railway Station complete the same journey in 40 minutes.

Burntisland is an enchanting realm of castles, islands and sandy bays.

Aberdour Hotel
Aberdour Hotel
3 out of 5
38 High Street, Fife, Burntisland, Scotland
The price is £90 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and Princes Street Gardens. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (78 reviews)
"The hotel in general was okay for the price however my main gripe was with the car park situation the car park is the actual railway car park and taking your luggage from the car park to the hotel is a bit of a saga crossing a busy road"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

Aberdour Hotel
Glover's Rest
Glover's Rest
3 out of 5
13 Glovers Court, Burntisland, Scotland
The price is £450 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is 5.4 mi (8.8 km) from Aberdour Castle and within 16 miles (25 km) of Deep Sea World and Dunfermline Abbey. Pittencrieff ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Ideally located home from home
"Great location in a quiet newly renovated house with all needed for a home from home."

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Glover's Rest
The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel
4 out of 5
Burntisland Road, Kinghorn, Burntisland, Scotland
The price is £105 per night from 30 Jun to 30 Jun
This Burntisland hotel is on the beach, 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from Aberdour Castle, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Pittencrieff Park and Yellowscott Country Park. Deep ...
4/5Very Good! (177 reviews)
"Had to pay another £179 for sea view as had to upgrade to another room for the sea view"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

The Bay Hotel
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Destiny Scotland Charlotte SQ Apartments
Destiny Scotland Charlotte SQ Apartments
4.5 out of 5
1 S Charlotte St, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £85 per night from 15 Jun to 15 Jun
Located in New Town, this luxury apartment building is steps away from Charlotte Square, Princes Street and George Street. Grassmarket and Usher Hall are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (43 reviews)
Castle view apartment
"Great apartment, well located and equipped to a high standard - very nice all round but in need of some quick paining of the walls - would stay again!"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Destiny Scotland Charlotte SQ Apartments
Destiny Scotland - St. Andrew Square Apartments
Destiny Scotland - St. Andrew Square Apartments
3.5 out of 5
9 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in New Town, this apartment building is steps away from St. Andrew Square and Princes Street. George Street and Edinburgh Dungeon are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (215 reviews)
"Had a great time apartment very clean. Great location. Bit disappointed when we got there & couldn’t get in phoned the number I was given & hadn’t been told we had to pay £200 deposit! Got sorted in the end & eventually got in. Would definitely recommend & will most definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2020

Destiny Scotland - St. Andrew Square Apartments
Destiny Scotland - The Malt House Apartments
Destiny Scotland - The Malt House Apartments
4 out of 5
2 Canning Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £85 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Located in Haymarket, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Princes Street, Usher Hall and Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). George ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (103 reviews)
Everything in walking distance.
"Perfect location, simple check in."

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Destiny Scotland - The Malt House Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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