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WELCOME TO GNWS TRAVEL GUIDE FOR SCOTLAND
DISCOVER THE KINGDOM OF FIFE
- Sandwiched between Angus and Dundee and Edinburgh and the Lothians, The Kingdom of Fife projects out to the North Sea from The Firth
of Forth in the South to The Firth of Tay to the north. This ancient kingdom boasts a spectacular collection of quaint whitewashed
fishing villages dotted around its majestic coastline and the East Neuk of Fife, an area that has been inspired by artists for
generations and serving as one of Scotland’s most significant artistic centres.
Evidence of the Kingdom’s historic and regal past can be traced in the town of Dunfermline where visitors can marvel at a host of historic sites dating from the 12th Century. Once the ancient Scottish Capital for more than half a millennia, Dunfermline’s imposing Royal Palace certainly merits a visit where you can discover unveiling the life and times of Scottish Kings and Queens who resided there five hundred years ago. The 12th Century Abbey is an important landmark and testimony to both affluent and tumultuous aspects of Scotland’s past, being the burial site to Scottish Monarchy and Robert the Bruce. Today, Dunfermline is one of Fife’s thriving commercial centres with an excellent provision of accommodation, shops and amenities, making it an ideal location to explore the Kingdom and nearby Edinburgh.
Nestling in St Andrew’s Bay in the northern reaches of the Kingdom, The town of St Andrews named in honour of Scotland’s patron saint is globally renowned as the centre of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, undoubtedly the
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most prestigious club in the world, having welcomed hundreds of professional world-class golfers to Open Championships its Old Course. With several golf courses dotted around the bay, golfers of varying levels of experience can enjoy a round of golf in the sport’s spritual home. This stunning royal burgh is also home to Scotland’s oldest university established in 1412 and has a distinctive and unique cosmopolitan feel as result of its international student population. Various sites of historical interest are located in and around St. Andrew’s including St Andrew’s Castle, the ancient, ruined cathedral and the University, boasting a neatly proportioned quadrangles and gardens and ornate medieval facades and gargoyles.
Experience a relaxed pace of life in the unspoiled coastline around the breathtaking East Neuk of Fife where you can step back in time and marvel at delightful and charming fishing villages that straddle this remarkable coastline. This area is an a mecca for established and budding artists and is home to fine collection of art galleries in the fishing villages of Crail, Elie, Pittenweem to name but a few. The East Neuk is an idyllic holiday destination with an excellent provision of premiere quality guesthouses and luxury hotels combined with nature walks, country parks and the Fife Coastal Path (over 80 miles long) at your disposal for an invigorating and enriching experience. Why not step back in time and savour the delights of Scotland’s past in the Kingdom of Fife, the base for discovering the best of Eastern Scotland.