Fife Journals

South-West Fife

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A travel journal to Fife by MagdaDH_AlexH

Forth Rail Bridge Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland More Photos
Quote: South West Fife attractions and things to do and see.

The Kingdom of Fife

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View from St Rule's tower Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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Fife is a county in central Scotland, located on a peninsula between the rivers of Forth and Tay, and the cities of Edinburgh and Dundee. It's habitually referred to as the Kingdom of Fife, as it was originally a Pictish kingdom known as Fib.It's a small county, barely 30 miles across and 20 miles from north to south, but it has a wealth of interest and attractions that may rival much larger areas.A COUNTY OF THREE PARTSFife divides naturally into three parts of a distinctive character.The southern/western part of the county, including the docks of Rosyth and stretches roughly between the towns of Dunfermline in the south-west and Glenrothes in the north...Read More

South-West Fife introduction

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Forth Rail Bridge Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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This is arguably the least attractive part of Fife, and only the most detailed explorer, or one with special interest in specifics of the area, would devote much time to it. Apart from the Deepsea World aquarium in South Queensferry (just by the bridge from Edinburgh), the nearby Culross and Dunfermline are the only places really worth a decent look.The former is a picturesque burgh with an attractive Palace (a house, really) and another of those atmospheric, ruined Scottish abbeys. The latter was a capital of Scotland for a substantial part of its history and although it very much went down in the world since, it holds several significant historical monuments. A centre for the...Read More
Typical street in south-west Fife Photo, Fife, Scotland
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Fife is a strange county, surprisingly populous (over 300 thousand people live there, significantly more than for example much bigger Perthshire or Angus) and very divided (see my intro text on Fife) into the grim, industrial (or rather post-industrial) south-west and the farmy, cosy if a bit backward rolling countryside of the centre (with the East Neuk & St Andrews both being Another Story Altogether). I have covered other parts of the south-western Fife in a separate entry, this is just for completeness sake. In addition to being a split county, Fife's other characteristic is the fact that its two largest towns are almost entirely devoid of anything that can be considered a visitors...Read More

Forth Rail Bridge

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Attraction | "The top wonder of Scotland"

Forth Rail Bridge Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Forth Rail Bridge in South Queensferry links Edinburgh with the Kingdom of Fife. The bridge is 2, 580m long and was designed by Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker and constructed between 1883 and 1890 by Tancred–Arrol. The bridge construction is based on the balanced cantilever principle and each of the main girders has a span of over 520 meters. The double cantilevers are 110m high and the total surface of the metal is 18ha. The bridge contains 6.5 million rivets and carries over 54,000 passenger trains a year. The Forth Rail Bridge is one of the icons of Scotland and has been voted by the readers of The Scotsman newspaper as the first (really!) of seven wonders of Scotland. S...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2012

Forth Rail Bridge
Over the Firth of Forth
South Queensferry, Edinburgh

Deep Sea World

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Attraction | "Face to Face with a Shark"

Deep Sea World Photo, Fife, Scotland
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Summary: Fascinating but limited aquarium. Ideal for a school trip, not so good as a family day out. It's very expensive, not so good for the little ones, not much of a whole day out. The shark tunnel, seals, and Amazonian display are the highlights.===DeepSea World, located on the outskirts of Edinburgh in North Queensferry is an interesting place to visit, boasting an excellent underwater tunnel and a decent divers' show with sharks. But it's vastly overpriced, less so for what it has to offer, and more so for how much of a day out you can make of it. Yes, it has some pretty good sharks in a tunnel, and the seals are good too (in fact, a saving grace), but overall...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 8, 2009

Deep Sea World
Battery Quarry
North Queensferry, Fife KY11 1JR
01383 411 880