Kingdom of Fife
‘Fareweel, Bonny Scotland, I’m awa’ tae Fife!’ goes the old saying of Fifers, proud of their philosophical as well as geographical independence. It may be a small Kingdom – barely fifty miles at its widest point – but from the grand architecture of St Andrews and Dunfermline to the stone harbours of the East Neuk fishing villages, and from the rolling farmland and gentle hills of the north and west to the rocky bays and sandy beaches of the south and east coast, there is much to be proud of.
This volume features 40 walks which takes in hills, lochs, forests, nature reserves, country estates, Victorian parklands and ancient cobbled streets, as well as the best stretches of the unforgettable Fife Coastal Path.
96 pages / 105mm x 148mm / step inside the guide
Kingdom of Fife
The Kingdom of Fife may be small, but it is perfectly formed. This is a county of contrasts, its personality split between the bustling industrial south and the rural north and east. Full of interesting nooks and unexpected beauty, this varied corner of Scotland manages to pack in a little of everything. Urban attractions include St Andrews, centre of medieval church power and ancient seat of learning, and Dunfermline, erstwhile Scottish capital. Within a stone’s throw of the towns are long stretches of unspoilt coastline, woodland walks, characterful hills, grand country estates and friendly old villages. Fife boasts some of the most notable historic buildings in Scotland, including the palaces of Culross and Falkland, and the abbeys at Dunfermline and Inchcolm. Centuries of industry have left a fascinating heritage of their own – quarry pits, viaducts, limekilns and crumbling chimney stacks.