One of the larger Scottish towns, located in west Fife, Dunfermline was once the Capital of Scotland. Easily accessible, and only a 40 minute drive from Edinburgh, the town is a popular and lovely place to visit. Boasting perhaps the richest history of any Scottish town, there is a wealth of historical and heritage sites of interest still present in the town today. Within easy access of the centre is the magnificent Dunfermline Palace and Abbey. Once a Benedictine Priory built in the 11th Century, it evolved and became home to a number of Scottish Royals. The abbey church is the final resting place of Robert the Bruce and 11 other Kings and Queens. The town was also home to Andrew Carnegie, and his Birthplace Museum tells the story of the famous philanthropist. The beautiful Pittencreiff Park was a gift from Carnegie to town, and within the grounds is the Pittencreiff House Museum. The Carnegie Hall art deco theatre offers an excellent range of shows, and it would certainly be worth checking the programme if visiting! For a little bit of activity whilst in the area, try one (or both!) of the two golf courses, and the nearby Townhill Country Park has lovely woods for walking, and Townloch which is home to a Water Ski Centre.
Kingdom of Fife
Located between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, the Kingdom of Fife has some of the finest beaches in Scotland. Where there are beaches you will find links golf courses and St Andrews is known the world over as the home of golf. Whilst the Old Course is the championship course, there are beautiful courses everywhere. The beautiful coastal strip at East Neuk overlooks the Firth of Forth and has many quaint and picturesque fishing villages, like Anstruther, Crail and Pittenweem. the former historical county of Kincardineshire has been included within the boundaries of Fife, and the old county town of Kincardine can be found on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Dunfermline is an ancient Capital of Scotland, and is steeped in history. Seven Kings of Scotland are buried here, and the Palace and Abbey is worth a visit. The historic Royal Burgh of Culross is also a heritage site of interest, and for a family trip out, why not visit Deep Sea World at North Queensferry, which holds a million gallons of water and has one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world to watch the marine life.
Incorporating the two largest Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Central Scotland is a hive of activities and attractions for visitors, and there will be plenty to entertain you on your trip. For a family outing try Edinburgh Castle, for a day at the beach try the Firth of Forth coastline, for shopping you can’t beat either city centre, or if you just want soaking up some Scottish landscapes try Perthshire’s rolling southern lowlands, and wilderness of its highland. Whatever takes your fancy, the central counties can offer it all. Airports at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prestwick offer great transportation links for those coming from afar.