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Kingdom of Fife Travel Guide - Scotland

A gentle pace of life, miles of golden sands complimented with lush green farmland, rolling hills and thriving woodland, make Fife a perfect location for a stress free break.

The West Sands, where the opening scene of "Chariots of Fire" was filmed, is one of eleven beaches in Fife, reputed to be amongst the very best in Britain.

The region has over 40 golf courses and St Andrews, which was once the centre of Scottish religion boasts 6 for itself alone.

Walkers and cyclists should not miss the area as Fife has a network of paths totalling more than 300 miles. These include the Fife Coastal Path, which stretches 78 miles from the Forth Bridge to the Tay Bridge and The Kingdom of Fife Millennium Cycle Ways, providing a 105 mile route through the Kingdom, consisting of four forest routes, five urban networks, eleven circulars and the West Fife Cycle Way.

Other activities and sports include fishing, falconry, flying, riding, watersports and bird watching, especially on the Isle of May, which is famous for the narrative puffins and cormorants, which take refuge on the small island. The May Princess ensures a safe passage to the beautiful sanctuary.

There are plenty of visitor attractions in Fife including the worlds longest underwater tunnel at Deep Sea World, unexpected animals to be seen in Fife Animal Park, with wallabies, bison and llamas, also the fisheries museum in Anstruther is well worth a visit. Don't miss St Andrews Sea Life Centre, which reflects the sea life in the parochial waters.

St Andrews day on 30th November sparks festivity throughout Fife, celebrating the best of Scottish Culture and cuisine, with ceilidhs, shows, music and folk festivals, not to mention the vast array of food and drink. There are many festivals throughout the year in the towns and villages throughout the area.

Of seven Celtic Kingdoms of ancient Scotland, Fife is the last remaining today. The history of Fife dating from Pictish times to the present day can be explored in Abbot House, a multiple award winning attraction in Dunfermline.

King James V built the Falkland Palace in 1539, used by the Stuart Dynasty including Mary Queen of Scots, for a preferred place of solitude.

King Malcolm's wife, St Margaret instigated the first ferries over the Firth to facilitate the journeys of pilgrims en route to St Andrews. This is where North Queensferry gets its name. There are endless lists of historic places to be seen and too much to see and do in just one visit.

Haste ye back!