Castle in St Andrews

St Andrews Castle

The castle is mainly in ruins, but the site itself is evocative and has dramatic coastline views. It was founded around 1200 as a fortified home for the bishop of St Andrews. After the execution of Protestant reform…
Ruins in St Andrews

St Andrews Cathedral

All that's left of one of Britain's most magnificent medieval buildings are ruined fragments of wall and arch, and a single towering gable, but you can still appreciate the scale and majesty of the edifice from thes…
Museum in St Andrews

British Golf Museum

This museum provides a comprehensive overview of the history and development of the game and the role of St Andrews in it. Favourite fact: bad players were formerly known as ‘foozlers’. The huge collection ranges fr…
Ruins in Dunfermline

Dunfermline Abbey & Palace

Dunfermline Abbey was founded by David I in the 12th century as a Benedictine monastery. The abbey and its neighbouring palace was already favoured by religious royals; Malcolm III married the exiled Saxon princess …
Museum in Dunfermline

Abbot House Heritage Centre

Abbot House, near Dunfermline abbey, dates from the 15th century. It was closed for construction of a new museum at the time of research, but should open again in 2017.
Museum in Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy Galleries

This museum and art gallery showcases Kirkcaldy's history as a trading port and producer of linen, canvas and linoleum (floor covering); the kids will have a ball as there are plenty of hands-on attractions. There’s…
Palace in Falkland

Falkland Palace

Falkland Palace, a 16th-century country residence of the Stuart monarchs, is prettier and in many ways more impressive and interesting than the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Mary, Queen of Scots, is said to …
Museum in Anstruther

Scottish Fisheries Museum

This excellent museum covers the history of the Scottish fishing industry in fascinating detail, including plenty of hands-on exhibits for kids. Displays include the Zulu Gallery, which houses the huge, partly resto…
Castle in Anstruther

Kellie Castle

An authentic example of Lowland Scottish domestic architecture, Kellie Castle has creaky floors, crooked little doorways, superb decorative plasterwork and some marvellous works of art. The original part of the buil…
Museum in Anstruther

Scotland's Secret Bunker

This fascinating – and chilling – monument to Cold War paranoia was built in the 1950s to serve as one of Britain’s regional command centres in the event of a nuclear war. Hidden 30m underground and encased in nearl…