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Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020
There are an incredible variety of hotels to choose from in Fife. From magnificent 5 star hotels to charming guesthouses and convenient budget accommodation, there’s something to suit every taste, every itinerary and every pocket. Use the Expedia search tool to browse Fife accommodation and find the best deals and discounts.
Fife – specifically the picturesque harbour town of St Andrews – is known across the globe as the Home of Golf. Test your golfing mettle and follow in the footsteps of your golfing heroes with a challenging yet rewarding round at the iconic Old Course.
The region has over 40 golf courses ranging from rolling parkland fairways to links courses that demand your full attention while seeking to distract you with breath-taking coastal panoramas. Tee off at golfing favourites Ladybank Golf Club or Kingsbarns Golf Links or try lesser-known golfing gems.
Big and little kids alike will enjoy playing a round of golf Edwardian-style with authentic hickory clubs at Kingarrock Golf Course, set within the marvellous grounds of Hill of Tarvit Mansion.
From pretty red squirrels and majestic deer to all manner of bird and marine life, Fife will send keen wildlife-spotters into raptures as they explore this beautiful part of Scotland region. Fife’s wildlife also tends to have a surprise or two up its sleeve – so expect to see the unexpected!
St Andrew's Aquarium is home to inquisitive meercats while rare species like wildcat and wolves can be found at the Scottish Deer Centre in Cupar. Take a boat trip to the rugged Isle of May – the largest island off Scotland’s east coast. Keep your binoculars close at hand to spot dolphins, grey seals and puffins as well as a wealth of birdlife.
Ancient castles, historic royal strongholds, fascinating museums and a mesmerising cultural pedigree spread across music, theatre and literature all vie for your attention when you choose a short break or longer stay in Fife.
The Kingdom of Fife, often referred to simply as ‘The Kingdom’ due to its roots as a Pictish Kingdom between the sixth and eighth centuries is also home to the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey. The last resting place of generations of Scottish royalty including King Robert the Bruce (although not his heart), while Falkland Palace has strong links to Mary Queen of Scots.
King James VI of Scotland once referred to Fife as a "beggar's mantle fringed wi gowd", reflecting the importance of Fife’s coast and the charming port towns and fishing villages that line its shores. The region has miles of winding coastal paths and cycle trails where you can breathe in the fresh sea air and admire some awe-inspiring views.
Visit award-winning Blue Flag beaches like Ruby Bay in Elie, Silver Sands at Aberdour and Burntisland for a relaxing stroll and a tasty ice-cream. Make sure you stop in at the friendly East Neuk fishing village of Anstruther for their award-winning fish and chips – but be careful of local seagulls who may want to share your meal!
The region is known for its Michelin-starred eateries, cosy seaside pubs and outstanding local produce. Foodies will be grinning from ear to ear as they visit Fife’s outstanding array of food and drink producers. Try Cairnie Fruit Farm near Cupar, The Cocoa Tree in Pittenweem, Anster cheese and some locally-brewed ales in one of the area’s craft breweries.