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A Kingdom Awaits: best places to visit in Fife

If there’s a place we’ve gone back to time and again since living in Scotland, it’s the ‘Kingdom of Fife’. 

On Edinburgh’s doorstep, Fife is the perfect place to spend a day, a weekend, or even a week if time allows. It’s a place full of amazing history, hidden gems and some of our favourite coastal towns. More recently, fans of Outlander will recognise it as the backdrop for many scenes in the hit series.  

With so many places to visit, here’s our Top 5 things to see in Fife:


The picturesque fishing village of Crail is one of those locations that photography can never truly do justice. A walk through its cobbled streets and sheltered harbour is like stepping into a postcard. Visits to the local pottery shop and art gallery are also a must!

In June, the Crail Food Festival takes over the town, but whenever you visit, this place is a foodie haven. Make sure you grab some crab rolls from The Lobster Hut on the harbourside. 

From Crail, it’s also worth making the short drive to Cambo House – a huge estate which boasts an amazing walled garden and woodland walk. At the foot of the grounds is the secluded Kingsbarns beach. 

St Monans 

Like Crail, this is a beautiful old fishing village. Visiting both in one afternoon is easily done and we’d highly recommend it. 

It’s a photographer’s dream, as there’s a picture to be taken wherever you look in Saint Monans – from its harbour to its Kirk on the hill, 18th century windmill, and iconic wavebreaker. Keep an eye out for the quirky welly boot garden too down by the harbour! 

While here, don’t forget to head out to Newark Castle and, a little further along, the picture-perfect Elie-Ness Lighthouse. A car is definitely helpful when making your way round Fife so you don’t miss out on visiting any of these places!


Another village packed full of history, Culross is like stepping back in time to the 16th Century. That’s perhaps the reason it was chosen as a key filming location for the TV series Outlander.

Fans of the show or not, there’s so much to this town to keep you entertained. The palace and its gardens are both beautiful and fascinating, while the cobbled streets and numerous viewpoints out to the River Forth make for great photo opportunities. A part of the Fife Coastal trail, this is also a popular stop-off point for cyclists making their way along the route. 


We love this town because it still feels a bit like a hidden gem, being not as famous as some of the other places on this list. 

A visit here to see its many historic buildings (including the Dysart Tolbooth) and harbourmasters house should be top of your list. Outlander fans may also recognise this as the location for Le Havre port in the series.  


Away from the coast, Fife has plenty to offer. Like Culross, the palace at Falkland takes centre stage here and was once one of Mary Queen of Scots’ favourite places to visit. A visit here will show you exactly why and there’s plenty of majesty to be found throughout the village. 

With walks aplenty, some great independent shops, and a lot of photo opportunities – we saved the best until last on our list. This place is one of our favourites in all of Scotland.  

Of course, these are only a few of our favourite spots in Fife. Let’s face it, no trip to the area is complete without a visit to St. Andrews, or stopping to admire the North Bridge and Forth Road Bridge from North Queensferry. We’ll have to save those for next time! For more travel inspiration, check out our other guides.

Tom & Laura


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