The Bay Hotel, Fife, Scotland

Things to see and do in Fife, Scotland

Welcome to the Kingdom of Fife!

You'll find plenty of places to explore within easy reach of The Bay Hotel. Visit some of Scotland's finest beaches, the world home of golf in St Andrews, many delightful fishing villages, the historic town of Dunfermline and a whole lot more!

Fife is rich with history and famous landmarks. There are numerous visitor attractions with something to offer everybody! Here are some of our recommendations:

Local Towns

Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy has the longest street fair in Europe with over 200 fairground rides and attractions, held each Easter on the town esplanade. Kirkcaldy is one of Scotland's most ancient burghs, with a history stretching back to the 11th century. It became an industrial centre in the 19th century and was the first town to use the power loom, which revolutionised the weaving industry. In later years it became the world's linoleum capital!

Dunfermline

Dunfermline is the historic capital of Scotland and one of the largest towns in Fife. Its historic abbey was founded by Malcolm III of Scotland in the 11th cent. The palace was a favourite seat of Scottish kings and was the birthplace of Charles I of England. Dunfermline is the birthplace of the industrialist Andrew Carnegie, and is the headquarters of the Carnegie Trusts.

St. AndrewsSt. Andrews

St. Andrews is the home of golf, the sport having been played here for some 600 years. The Old Course is arguably the most famous golf course in the world, and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club is still the ruling body for the rules of golf. St. Andrews is also home to the third oldest university in Britain and you'll find much to explore within the town itself.

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Sightseeing and Attractions

Forth BridgesThe Forth Bridges

The world-famous Victorian Forth Railway Bridge was the world’s first major steel bridge and ranks as one of the great feats of civilization. It was begun in 1883 and completed on 4 March 1890. Side-by-side with its more modern companion, the Forth Road suspension bridge, these two awe-inspiring monuments to 19th and 20th century engineering can be seen from either North or South Queensferry.

Fife's Coastal VillagesFife's Coastal Villages

The Fife coast is famous for its picturesque fishing villages. To the east of Largo bay, discover the delightful villages of Earlsferry, Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail.

 

Largo Bay

Largo bay extends from Buckhaven and Methil in the west round to Kincraig Point in the east and overlooks the Firth of Forth. The bay features miles of golden, sandy beaches and is also the home of our sister caravan and holiday park at Leven Beach.

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Hidden beneath an innocent farmhouse lies Scotland’s best kept secret for over 40 years, a tunnel leading to Scotland’s Secret Bunker. Had there been a Nuclear War, this is where Scotland would have been governed. Discover the twilight world of the Government Cold War. Take the opportunity to discover how they would have survived, and you wouldn’t!

Deep Sea World

Take a walk through one of the world’s longest undersea viewing tunnels and watch many types of sea creatures including sharks swim above your head!

Maid of the ForthMaid of the Forth

A unique range of cruises on the Firth of Forth operating from South Queensferry in the shadow of the world famous Forth Rail Bridge. Cruise to Inchcolm, "The Iona of the East" and explore it's 12th Century Abbey or enjoy one of our Evening Jazz'n BBQ events.

 

Forth Boat ToursForth Boat Tours

Take a relaxing boat trip on the Forth Belle and enjoy unrivalled views of the Firth of Forth and the famous Forth Road and Railway bridges! Daily boat trips to Inchcolm Island departing from South Queensferry. Evening dance cruises with live music. On board café/bar and buffet catering.

 

Isle of May Ferry, AnstrutherIsle of May Ferry, Anstruther

Visit the Isle of May on the “May Princess”. Go for a walk on this remarkable island, which is a important National Nature Reserve owned and run by Scottish Natural Heritage. See the remains of a 12th Century monastery and the oldest light house in Scotland, as well as incredible wildlife which include: Puffins, Guillemot, Razorbill, Cormorant, Shag, Eiderduck and many more. Sailings from Anstruther April to September.

Crail Pottery Crail Pottery

Crail Pottery, Established in 1965, is set amidst a beautiful pot and flower filled yard in the heart of Crail. Visit our pottery. See the workshops, browse in the showroom and relax in our secluded yard under the fruit trees.

 

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Castles and Houses

Kellie Castle

Childhood summer home to internationally famous Scottish Architect Sir Robert Lorimer, and his brother the accomplished artist John Henry Lorimer. Woodland Walks, and Children's adventure playground, quizzes, and treasure hunts.

Falkland PalaceFalkland Palace

The oldest Royal Tennis Court in Britain, built for James V in 1539. Beautiful garden with large collection of scented early summer blooms. 17th century Flemish tapestries, and portraits of the Stuart Kings and Queens.

 

CulrossCulross

Numerous 16th and 17th century houses can be seen when walking through the town. The Palace: a 16th century merchant's house (Sir George Bruce) noted for his internal painted walls and ceilings. The Abbey: restored in 1633, it holds the Bruce Vault in the North Transcript and has a fine alabaster monument to Sir George Bruce, his wife and eight children.

Abbot House, DunfermlineAbbot House, Dunfermline

Abbot House, with its pink walls, is the oldest house in Dunfermline, dating from 1450. Experience this historic building first hand. Details of opening times, prices, group bookings as well as facilities and functions.

 

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Activities and Entertainments

Cluny ClaysCluny Clays

Cluny Clays is one of the fantastic attractions set in the rolling Fife countryside. With top of the range facilities for numerous activities and sports, as well as purpose built meeting and conference facilities.

 

Craigencalt Ecology Centre

Situated in gently rolling hills overlooking Kinghorn Loch in Fife, Craigencalt Ecology Centre was established in 1998 to give people a direct experience of the natural environment. The centre features indoor and outdoor facilities including teaching/workshop space, a herb garden, a pond and marsh area, the Community Woodland, the "What on Earth" demonstration area that shows how we can decrease our impact on the planet, a Faerie trail which involves searching for the mythical creatures around the site, as well as Earthship Fife which is a demonstration of a sustainable building run by Sustainable Communities Initiatives.

Kinghorn Loch Users GroupKinghorn Loch Users Group

Kinghorn Loch lies just inland from Kinghorn itself. This is a place where you can enjoy many leisure activities. The loch has canoeing, sailing and fishing. There are walks to enjoy, woods to explore and a bird hide to watch the variety of species in and around the loch. In summer there is wildlife and wild flowers in abundance and in winter rolling hills and fields to roam.

Fife Fishing Guide

An online guide to Game, Sea, River and Coarse Fishing in both North Eastern and South Western Fife.

Fife Flyers Ice Hockey TeamFife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy

Ice Skating, Ice Hockey and Curling.

Home of the Fife Flyers Ice Hockey Team sponsored by the Bay Hotel.

 

The Fife Coastal Path

The Fife Coastal Path stretches from North Queensferry in the south stretching for 150 kms to the Tay Bridge in the north. Each corner holds another secret for you to discover, historic castles and caves, quaint fishing villages and award winning beaches. With rugged cliffs, long sandy beaches, internationally important estuaries and wildlife reserves, walking the Fife Coastal Path is an experience not to be missed!

Fife Leisure

Information on a range of leisure, sports and activity centres throughout Fife.

Knockhill Racing CircuitKnockhill Racing Circuit - Scotland's National Motorsport Centre

Knockhill is famous for racing events, hosting the top events in the UK; British Touring Cars, British Superbikes and The Scottish Motorshow. As well as amazing racing action, Knockhill is a busy place 7 days a week operating Driving Experiences, Corporate Entertaining and Team Building Events, Driver Training, Karting and Trackdays.

Lochore Meadows Equestrian Centre

At Lochore Meadows Equestrian Centre you can take a horse riding lesson in the indoor riding arena or outdoors in the jumping paddock. You can also go for a quiet trek in the Lochore Meadows Country Park or enjoy an off road hack around our beautiful countryside.

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

Built against the stunning backdrop of a sheer quarry rock face amongst the rolling hills of Ratho, this truly awe-inspiring indoor climbing centre is one of the finest in Europe. Instructor-led courses for beginners, equipment hire, gymnasium, café, restaurant and shop. Corporate hospitality and team building events.

Bedlam Paintball

Bedlam Paintball Edinburgh - The Ultimate Adrenaline Rush! All equipment and safety gear provided.

The Royal Highland ShowThe Royal Highland Show

Scotland's biggest and busiest agricultural show is held every year in the month of June at the Royal Highland Show Ground, Ingliston (right next door to Edinburgh Airport). This four day event includes: livestock parades, equestrian and showjumping events, sheep shearing competitions, a giant indoor food hall and retail park, cookery demonstrations, children's activities and much, much more!

The Dive Bunker

The Dive Bunker is a long established PADI Dive School & Dive Shop based at Burntisland in Fife, within easy access of Burntisland harbour and the local slipway. Dive Bunker offers a broad range of services including diver training and development and guided dives on the East and West Coast of Scotland.

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Golf

Burntisland Golf House Club

18 hole golf course overlooking the historic holiday town of Burntisland with magnificent views over the Firth of Forth, Burntisland Golf House Club is officially recognised as the 10th oldest club in the world. Visitorsand Group and Corporate Bookings welcome. Clubhouse, bar/lounge and restaurant open to golfers and non golfers. Individual lessons and group golf clinics available with PGA professional staff. Golf trolleys and buggies available. Fully stocked Professional Shop with a wide range of clubs and clothing.

Kinghorn Golf ClubKinghorn Golf Club

18 hole links course with fine views over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh. Visiting golfers and golfing parties are welcome.

 

Kirkcaldy Golf ClubKirkcaldy Golf Club

Kirkcaldy Golf Course is set in 150 acres of a beautiful, rolling piece of Fife countryside. Visitors are welcome (book a tee time at our golf course over the Internet).

 

Leven Links Golf Course

A Golfing heaven on the shores of the Firth of Forth in the Kingdom of Fife. Visitor Times: Monday to Friday after 9.30 am Saturday and Sunday after 10.30 am. Check our website for full details.

St Andrews Links Trust

The Home of Golf. Old Course, New Course, Jubilee Course, Eden Course, Strathtyrum Course, Balgove Course, The Castle Course. The seven St Andrews Links courses are open to the public and everyone can follow in the footsteps of the legends of the game, from Old Tom Morris to Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

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Shopping

Mercat Centre, Kirkcaldy

The Mercat Shopping Centre Kirkcaldy is one of Fife's primary shopping destinations. There are up to 1,500 car parking spaces, which surround the centre and nearly 50 top brand retailers including MARKS & SPENCERS, BHS, TK MAXX, and BOOTS. The Mercat Centre is open seven days a week and on most Bank Holidays throughout the year.

Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Kingdom of Fife. Shopping's easy at the Kingdom Centre. It's all on one level, there's ample parking available and a whole host of national and local specialist retailers for you to choose from.

Fife Farmers Markets

Monthly farmers markets in St Andrews, Dunfermline, Cupar and Kirkcaldy offering fine food, drink and local produce.

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Transport and Travel

Stagecoach Bus

For bus travel and timetables throughout Fife.

Scotrail

Travel by train throughout Scotland. Timetable, Fares and online bookings.

Edinburgh Airport

Scotland's capital airport serves more than 100 destinations worldwide, from Alicante to Zürich and New York to Norwich. Whether you're arriving, departing or connecting at Edinburgh, you'll find everything you need here to enjoy a pleasant journey.

Tayside Aviation

Information on Tayside and Fife's airfields for pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

Perched atop an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

Edinburgh ZooEdinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland. In just one day, you can meet over 1,000 wonderful animals in our beautiful parkland setting on the outskirts of Edinburgh. We have some wonderful attractions for you to experience, plus you can also enjoy a wide range of visitor facilities and masses of events and activities throughout the year.

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Edinburgh Bus Tours is the 3rd most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland's Capital. Choose from four different tours covering the most famous Edinburgh attractions. All bus tours are hop-on and off with a ticket valid for 24 hours.

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General Information

Fife Direct

Online access to Fife's public services, news, views and events

Arts and Theatres Trust Fife

Arts, culture and entertainment across Fife. Adam Smith Theatre, Rothes Halls, Carnegie Hall, etc.

Edinburgh Playhouse

The Edinburgh Playhouse plays host to numerous touring musicals as well as many touring bands. There are many bars and restaurants nearby that frequently serve the audiences of the theatre.

Odeon Cinemas (Dunfermline)

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The Bay Hotel

Burntisland Road, Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland, KY3 9YE.

Tel: +44 (0) 1592 892 222     Fax: +44 (0) 1592 892 206