Fife Journals

Exploring the Ancient Kingdom of Fife

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A July 2011 trip to Fife by Drever

Loch Leven Castle Photo, Kinross, Scotland More Photos
Quote: This journal describes a weekend stopover my wife and I had in Fife on our way up to the Orkney Isles.

St. Andrews Cathedral

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Attraction | "St Andrews Cathedral"

St. Andrews Cathedral Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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St Andrews a small town in Fife has more than its fair share of claims to fame. It is credited with being the ancient home of golf and it has Scotland’s oldest university. Here at St Andrews University Will and Kate our future king and queen met. Fife itself was once a kingdom in its own right. Legend credits St Rule (also known as St Regulus) with bringing relics of St Andrew in the 8th century to the area from their original location at Patras in Greece. St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.St Rule's 33m tower beautifully built in grey sandstone ashlar and adjoining choir were part of a church built in the 11th century to hold the relics. Earlier churches on the site probably fulfil...Read More

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St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews, Scotland

Loch Leven Castle

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Attraction | "Lochleven Castle"

Loch Leven Castle Photo, Kinross, Scotland
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Fife is full of historical sites. One we visited was Lochleven Castle. We approached it by boat in the same way as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the many other Scottish Monarchs who visited, including Mary Queen of Scots. The partly ruined castle consists of a rectangular courtyard surrounded by a curtain wall, with a tower house, at one corner, and the round Glassin Tower projecting from the opposite corner. The foundations of demolished ranges of buildings remain around two sides of the courtyard. Of the outer court, only an earth bank shows the position of the walls, with fragmentary remains of a bakehouse the only visible remains.The castle has had a turbulent life. During the ...Read More

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Loch Leven Castle
Island of Loch Leven
Perth, Kinross
01577862670

Scottish Fisheries Museum

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Attraction | "The Scottish Fisheries Museum"

Scottish Fisheries Museum Photo, Anstruther, Scotland
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On a visit to St Andrews we decided to return via the coast road to our hotel at Glenrothes. On our way we came to Anstruther a beguiling place to explore with its cobbled streets, narrow wynds, white washed cottages, crow stepped gables and red pantiled roofs.Anstruther’s importance as a fishing centre dates to the 14th century. At the time the Balmerino Abbey owned the land of Anstruther Easter harbour and the monks received salted herring in rent for space to dry nets. Appropriately the 16th century lodging of the Abbots overlooking the ancient fishing harbour now contains the Fisheries Museum, which being interested in boats I decided to explore.A collection of models there...Read More

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Scottish Fisheries Museum
St. Ayles, Harborhead
Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB
+ 44 (0) 1333 310628

Falkland Palace and Garden

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Attraction | "Falkland Palace"

Falkland Palace and Garden Photo, Fife, Scotland
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During our weekend stay in Fife we visited the small town of Falkland, a place that time has forgotten, with narrow streets and difficult car parking. Dominating the skyline and rising majestically out of the town centre is the outstanding 16th-century Falkland Palace - country retreat and hunting lodge of the Stuart monarchs. For the Stuart Kings and Queens, the main recreational pastime at Falkland would have been hunting deer and wild boar in the forests of Fife. They also practised falconry and used the vast surrounding forests for hawking.James IV and James V built the Royal Palace between 1501 and 1541 to replace a castle dating from the 12th century. French and Scottish craftspeo...Read More

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Falkland Palace and Garden
Regional Route 63
Falkland, Fife

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

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Attraction | "Dunfermline Abbey"

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace Photo, Dunfermline, Scotland
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On our way to Fife to have a short break my wife and I stopped at Dunfermline to visit its Abbey and Royal Palace. The Abbey has a history stretching back to the 11th century. David I, son of King Malcolm III and Queen Margaret raised the little priory here to the lofty status of abbey - the most visually stunning example of Romanesque architecture in Scotland. Development of the Abbey continued up to 1559. At the time there were some 25 monks in Dunfermline Abbey. In that year they removed everything of value from the abbey anticipating the looting that occurred a year later as the Reformation got underway.Dunfermline Palace connects to the former monastic residential quarters of t...Read More

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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
St. Margaret's Drive
Dunfermline
01383/739-026