Not much has ever been written about Fife, it seems only Shakespeare gave it a passing mention in Macbeth, ‘beware the Thane of Fife’ etc etc.
Well I thought I would give this little seaside town which is only a 20 minute train ride away from Edinburgh a few words of praise.
Granted there is not really all that much there, if you are looking for a life changing night out with outrageous cocktails flavoured with the tears of uniorns maybe give Fife a miss. Having said that, the scenery is breath taking and there are enough pubs to make up for the lack of cocktails. It holds all you need for a relaxing trip away into the Scottish landscape. My boyfriend and I were visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and decided we needed a break from the madness. So after a quick scroll on one of my favourite travel apps AirB&B I came across the ‘Potting Shed’. It was an idyllic little converted shed with a gorgeous interior. The owner Vikki was the perfect host who was ineffably accommodating. We did not have a car so she picked us up from the train station and drove us to the nearest town to get snacks and wine for our evening in the shed.
One thing that I would definitely say is a must for Fife is that; unless you are lucky enough to have a host as lovely as Vikki who would drive you around. You need a car to make the most of it. There are buses but they are few and far between.
Within Fife is the beautiful antiquated town of Culross. Now this is definitely worth a visit. It is one of the only rural villages in Scotland which still has its original architecture and therefore is made up of winding cobbled streets and quaint cottages. For your day in Culross I would recommend this;
Visit the castle in the morning, entrance is around £14 with concessions available. The interior is beautiful, every wall is lined with ornate paintings and cabinets are filled with the beautiful trinkets of old Scottish royalty. After the castle a trip to the local bakery for a tea and cake (located to the left of the castle grounds), before a walk along the impressive coast is ideal. Then after the salty sea breeze has knocked some hunger into your stomach pay the Old Red Lion Pub a visit. To our disappointment they did not stock locally sourced beers, however, the food was fantastic. The prices for main courses range from £7-£16 and the food is everything you would want after a brisk walk in the chilly air. Warm, hearty and very unhealthy. They also cater for vegetarians! Which as we discovered is a rarity is the Scottish highlands.
After our chilly day out we watched the sunset over the Scottish mountains out of the comfort of Vikki’s snug summer house, which comes as an added perk when you stay in her lovely Potting Shed.
In short, Fife, like most of Scotland. Is majestic, dramatic and very, very cosy. So grab your favourite knits, find some good whisky for a hot toddy and snuggle up.
A few words on the little time I spent in the Kingdom of Fife