We’re not surprised that Fife has been adjudged Scotland’s No 1 outdoor destination by Scottish Natural Heritage for the last 8 years – the area surrounding St Andrews has plenty of wonderful beaches and an abundance of great things to do outdoors.
Our friends at “Welcome to Fife” have put together their top ten things to get you outdoors in Fife this Spring . . .
1. Walk all (or part) of the Fife Coastal Path – Scotland’s longest continuous coastal walk at 117 miles – and also listed as one of Scotland’s Great Trails.
2. Visit Aberdour Castle, film location for the Outlander TV drama series, and walk along Silver Sands, one of Fife’s Blue Flag beaches.
3. Tee off on one of the Home of Golf’s courses. If you’re not a golfer, walk across the famous Old Course on a Sunday and get your picture on the Swilcan Bridge!
4. Take a boat trip from Anstruther to the Isle of May (from 1st April) to enjoy the abundant wildlife and spot puffins. It’s also home to Scotland’s oldest Bird Observatory. Don’t forget to sample the award-winning fish and chips on your return!
5. Visit St Andrews Cathedral and climb the 156 steps to the top of St Rules Tower in St Andrews to enjoy the stunning views as seen below . . .
6. Explore Tenstmuir Forest on two wheels; it’s one of nine Fife mountain bike routes to choose from in Fife. It’s also a perfect location to spot seals and wildlife. You might even be lucky to see the sea eagles nesting there.
7. Stop off to view the engineering marvel of the Forth Bridge from North Queensferry. Here you can also visit the world’s smallest light tower!
8. For a perfect family day out, visit Craigtoun Park from 1st April. Kids will love the Rio Grande Railway, boating lake, crazy golf, adventure play, fairy glen and tons of space to run around.
9. For an adrenaline rush, why not try land-yachting on West Sands, St Andrews, a Segway experience at Cluny Clays, near Kirkcaldy, or try your hand at piloting a hovercraft at Craigluscar Acitivities near Dunfermline.
10. Enjoy a thrilling ride or just a great day out at Scotland’s national motorsport centre – Knockhill Racing Circuit.
Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s Depute Leader, said,
“It’s no surprise that Fife has been voted the best outdoor destination for the last eight years. Not only do we have Scotland’s only Blue Flag beaches and its longest coastal walk, Fife has everything from stunning landscapes to picture postcard fishing villages. It’s a perfect get away from it all destination and is ideally situated close to Scotland’s capital city.”