July 5, 2003
Our accommodation was a three-bedroom unit and it can only be described as luxurious! Each bedroom had its own ensuite bathroom –- the master suite was equipped with a jacuzzi, a tanning bed, and an exercise bike. The massive sunken livingroom opened out through sliding doors to the magnificent fields of the estate. There was a fair-sized dining area and a fully equipped kitchen -– microwave and dishwasher included. The only complaint: not enough large pans and pots to easily cook for four people.
The club itself has several activities to keep visitors busy. Pony and horse rides are available from their stable. There are also tennis courts, a driving range, indoor pool, sauna, and exercise room. A well-run program for children is also available, since many families come here from all over Britain for their annul holiday. Bikes are available for rent to visit the quaint villages only a few miles away. Biking is big in this part of Scotland, and maps are available showing cycling trails and routes across the region. The Club has a full-service dining room in the manor house, and a more casual "bistro" located in the oldest surviving part of the castle. The staff is very friendly and willing to help with any questions you may have. Shopping is available in just about every nearby village. Kirkcaldy, about half an hour away, is the largest town in the area and full of great stores and shops, including supermarkets. There’s also a large supermarket on the southwest side of St. Andrews.
But the beauty of the Club is its location. Situated across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh, the club is only seven miles from St. Andrews, the home of golf (and of Prince William, who’s attending St. Andrews University). The club itself is hard by the hamlet of Kilconquhar. And within a couple of miles are the lovely fishing villages of Elie, St. Monan’s, Pittenweem, Anstruther, and Crail.
Farther afield, Edinburgh and Perth are about an hour away, Stirling about 90 minutes, Glasgow just under two hours, and Aberdeen and Loch Ness about 2.5 hours. A car is almost essential to enjoy all the benefits of Kilconquhar. However, there is a local bus which will take you to nearby Leven, where another bus can take you into Edinburgh, or into the town of Kirkcaldy, where you can catch a train for downtown Edinburgh. In fact, even if you have a car, parking at the Kirkcaldy train station (free) and taking the train into Edinburgh is probably your best bet. Roads into Edinburgh are almost always clogged, parking is scarce, and the parking that is available is very expensive.
So whether you’re a golfer, or just want to enjoy the splendors of Scotland, the Kilconquhar Estate and Country Club is a great place to call home during your stay.
From journal Where to stay in Scotland