There’s a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere throughout Fife, from the delightful fishing villages of the East Neuk to the rolling hills of the Howe or the more challenging peaks of The Lomonds . From kart racing to horse-riding, cycling to fishing, there is a whole lot on offer, particularly if hitting the little white ball into a hole is not your cup of tea.
In Ceres or Very Close
Right next to the steading is Craighall Den; a great place for a stroll but also with some hidden history.As a SSSI Craighall Den, it is an upland mixed ash woodland lying in the valley of the Craighall Burn, 1km south of Ceres, represents one of the largest and best remaining examples of semi-natural woodland in north-east Fife. The limekiln at Craighall Den is category B listed and is one of few surviving examples in anything like original condition. The site of the Craighall Castle, was gifted to Fife Council by Colonel Hope of Luffness.
Fife Folk Museum
Fife Folk Museum is in Ceres High Street conservation area. Its premises consist of the former tolbooth of the burgh of barony, some early-19th- century weavers’ cottages, a modern annexe which houses the entrance and Harvest Mouse Team Room. The Museum celebrates the social, domestic and working lives of the people in Fife.
Wemyss Ware (Pottery)
Wemyss Ware is Scotland’s most famous pottery. It is made and hand painted in Ceres at the Griselda Hill Pottery. Wemyss Ware is beautifully hand painted pottery that has a unique whimsical style The most famous items are The Yellow Gallé Cat, The Large Cabbage Rose Pig, The Thistle Rabbit and our Bee Honey Pots but we have many more fantastic pieces to browse.
Hill of Tarvit Mansion House and Garden
Hill of Tarvit Mansion House and Garden was originally known as Wemyss Hall. Modernised in the early 20th century is fascinating record of the Edwardian way of life both upstairs and downstairs. The landscaped gardens, with formal lawns, yew hedging, flowering borders and a sunken rose garden are worth a gentile stroll. For those want more exercise then you can head to Hill of Tarvit Monument at the 211m summit above the house or what about a round of gold at historic 9 hole Kingarrock Hickory course in the grounds.
Scotstarvit isn’t your usual 1500s tower house. There’s no kitchen, one floor has no fireplace, and another has no windows, despite the castle’s impressive location overlooking the River Eden and Craigrothie Burn. It was the property of Edinburgh lawyer and mild eccentric Sir John Scot, who rebuilt an earlier tower house to the form we see today. A poet and patron of the arts, Sir John’s quirky outlook is reflected in his rebuilt tower.
Teasses is a working estate with a rich history embedded in the local community. With its stunning scenery and abundance of native wildlife Teasses Estate is a truly magical place and the perfect backdrop for the wide range of activities we offer on site. From exciting country pursuits to engaging garden tours.
Within a few miles
A large area of open water with a circular walk around the loch, key site for wintering waterfowl including a large population of pink-footed geese; for this it’s designated a SSSI. The loch is stocked annually with Brown and Rainbow Trout and fish permits are available from St Andrews Angling Club
Carnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze
A popular local landmark producing top quality fruit for Pick Your Own and soft fruit industry. The Farm Shop and Cafe features seasonal produce, local honey and range of Cairnie Fruit Farm jams, country inspired gifts & greeting cards. There are a range of activities in the playground and Mega Maze.
The Royal Palace of Falkland, set in the heart of a unique medieval village, was the country residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs, including Mary, Queen of Scots. Built between 1501 and 1541, the palace is an extremely fine example of Renaissance architecture. It includes the exceptionally beautiful Chapel Royal, and is surrounded by internationally renowned gardens, built in the 1950s. The Royal Tennis Court, reputedly the world’s oldest, is still in use today.
Scotland’s Secret Bunker
Hidden beneath a Scottish farmhouse, a tunnel leads to Scotland’s secret bunker. 24,000 square feet of secret accommodation on two levels, 100 feet underground. This was where the government and military commanders would have run the country should we have been attacked during the cold war. A fascinating day out for old and young alike.
St Andrews Botanic Gardens
The Original Botanic Garden was founded by the University of St. Andrews in 1889 in the precincts of St. Mary’s College by a group of enthusiasts led by Dr John Wilson. The Garden is recognised and registered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and botanical and horticultural research is carried out there. It is well worth a visit.
St Andrews Cathedral & Castle
Entry to the cathedral grounds is free, though access to the visitors’ museum and St. Rule’s Tower requires a fee or membership in Historic Scotland.
Glass by Kathrine
Sea Life Centre, St Andrews
Craigtown country Park
A little further afield
Boat trip to Isle of May
The Scottish Fisheries Museum
This award-winning National Museum tells the story of the Scottish fishing industry from the earliest times to the present. With many model and actual boats, fishing gear, photographs, paintings and tableaux on display.
Outlander, Railway Man & Chariots of fire are just some of the TV & Films that have used the
Outlander https://www.welcometofife.com/outlander; chariots of fire – west stands
Of course, GOLF!
The Ancient Kingdom of Fife is perhaps most famous because of St Andrews, the undisputed home of golf. But it’s not just about St Andrews. It is almost unnecessary to say that the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the various courses have not just shaped the town, but seep into its very heart. But there is more than just the St Andrew’s courses; there are many other charming and historic courses include Crail, Elie, Lundin and Leven Links, Ladybank Kingsbarns and The Castle course. We are not far from Carnoustie and the famous Open Qualifying courses at Downfield, Panmure and Monifieth as well.
Local Golf Courses
Kingarrock Hickory Golf is the only remaining hickory golf course in the UK and was first established in 1924. Over the years we have welcomed British and US Open Champions. Now we offer you the unique opportunity to follow in their footsteps and test your own skills on our challenging 9-hole, 2022yd course.https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/hill-of-tarvit-mansion/highlights/kingarrock-hickory-golf
- St Andrews golf courses
- Cupar, oldest 9 hole golf course in the world
- Levenlinks championship golf course near St Andrews
- Lundin Links Golf Club
- Ladybank Golf Club, Fife
- Kingsbarns Golf Club
- Scotscraig Golf Club, Tayport, Fife
- Panmure Golf Club
- Downfield Golf Club
- Carnoustie Golf Club
- Kirriemuir Golf Club
- Monifieth Golf Club
- Blairgowrie Rosemount Golf Club
- Scotland For Golf
Whiskey, Beer and Gin
Fife boasts a long tradition of brewing and distilling and there has been a significant renaissance in recent years. As well as the large Diageo distillery and bottle plant Fife is blessed with a great number of craft distillers and breweries
Lindores Abbey Distillery
Eden Mill, Distillery & Brewery
St Andrews Brewing
Futtle @ Bowhouse
Loads of local footpaths etc
Cupar to Kennoway road
Ceres Coal Roads
The new walking partner to the well-known Fife Coastal Path is the Fife Pilgrims Way; Starting at Culross and North Queensferry, the 104 km/64 mile path takes in spectacular views of the Highlands, the Coast, Forth and Tay Estuaries and the Lomond Hills. It passes medieval landmarks, industrial landscapes and historic picturesque villages on its way to St. Andrews. Like the coastal path this can be done in sections or as one mutli-day walk