Attractions

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 h…
Historic Site in Culross

Culross Palace

More large house than palace, the 17th-century residence of local laird Sir George Bruce features an interior largely unchanged since his time. The decorative wood panelling and painted timber ceilings are of nation…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
Nature Reserve in Anstruther

Isle of May

The mile-long Isle of May, 6 miles southeast of Anstruther, is a spectacular nature reserve. Between April and July the island's cliffs are packed with breeding kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, shags and around 4…
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…
Aquarium in Fife

Deep Sea World

If the kids are tiring of historic buildings, a trip here might make them feel more kindly towards Fife. Situated at North Queensferry, beneath the Forth Bridge, this is a blockbuster aquarium with all those ‘respec…