While we were looking for something to do one weekend, we realised that although we’ve been to some of the “typical” towns north of Edinburgh like St Andrews and Perth, we’d never explored what’s right across the water in Fife! So we decided to head north into the Kingdom of Fife and drive part of the Fife Coastal Route.
The Fife Coastal Route goes along the coast from Kincardine to Newport on Tay. We decided to do a portion of it from Dalgety Bay to Anstruther. Keep reading for some of our discoveries along this beautiful stretch of land!
Dalgety Bay is a wee quiet town with some great faraway views of Edinburgh and the 3 bridges that connect Edinburgh with Fife: the Forth Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge, and the Queensferry Crossing.
Kirkcaldy including Beveridge Park
Kirkcaldy is a town more northeast of Dalgety Bay. Its High Street looks like most other Scottish High Streets, so you’re not likely able to tell the difference!
Beveridge Park is a great place to visit for the day in Kirkcaldy, featuring play areas, a pond with lots of wildlife, and walking paths.
You can even paddle on a swan in the pond!
Standing Stones at Lundin Ladies Golf Club
Who knew there are standing stones so close to Edinburgh? This is a true gem and something we stumbled upon while staring at Google Maps. It sits northeast in the village of Lundin Links. It wasn’t until we reached the destination that we realised the standing stones are actually on private property at Lundin Ladies Golf Club.
The staff member we approached initially joked that he didn’t know what we were talking about, even though we could see the standing stones behind him in the distance! He was kind enough to give us an information sheet and told us to simply head along.
From the information sheet: “The Standing Stones are a scheduled Bronze Age ancient monument dating from 2000 – 1500 BC. The monument is of national importance as a highly visible example of an early prehistoric ritual site and is situated on the second fairway, approximately 700 metres to the west of the clubhouse, in an area rich in archaeological remains.”
3 stones remain standing and while they may not be a full circle and therefore not as impressive as other standing stones in the UK, it was still cool to see!
Elie Earlsferry Beach
This beach links the villages of Elie and Earlsferry, which are located southeast of Lundin Links. There is a big beach to sit on if the weather cooperates and cricket games are often played on some weekends.
Visitors can also participate in water sports, which we witnessed!
Elie Earlsferry Beach has a lovely atmosphere to it. If it was chosen as a film location, we have no doubt that it would be as popular as St Abbs is now becoming.
Anstruther including Anstruther Fish Bar
Another lovely seaside town is Anstruther, with Anstruther Fish Bar likely being the most popular destination. This is because it won “Best Fish and Chip Shop” in Scotland 4 times in 6 years. As well, it won “UK Fish & Chip Shop of the Year” in 2009, so tourists have been flocking there ever since.
You can order takeaway or sit inside the restaurant. Both options usually have queues! They also have an ice cream shop on the way out if you fancy some dessert.
We hope this gave you some ideas if you ever plan to explore the coast of Fife! Have you been to any of these places before? Where would you like to go? Let us know in the comments!