With friendly locals, dazzling outdoor scenery, lots of fabulous sightseeing spots and award-winning attractions, you will be spoilt for choice when planning your solo trip.
Fife is a diverse destination which makes it easy to tailor the perfect itinerary, whether you are looking for a relaxing retreat or an action-packed adventure. We’ve created some tips and suggestions on how to make the most of your visit and have a wonderful time in Fife on your own!
Take some of the stress off planning your trip by downloading our Welcome to Fife app and following one of our pre-made tours. Whether you’re a foodie, outdoor explorer, Outlander addict or a history lover, there are lots of fantastic tours to choose from. Simply browse, download a tour and embark on your adventure! The app also provides a handy map of every stop.
Fife is steeped in fascinating history and offers many wonderful historical hotspots to explore. From castles, royal palaces, manor homes and ancient religious sites, you are guaranteed a fun day out discovering Fife’s past. Check out some of Fife's historical attractions here.
Tours can be a great way to meet new friends and like-minded travellers – many of Fife’s hotspots offer guided tours and there are also many independent, experienced tour guides across the region. Discover Fife's tour operators here.
Fife has some beautiful coastal and rural locations which are perfect for a day exploring or relaxing. The Fife Coastal Path is a fantastic way to discover Fife’s coastline and stretches out for 187 kilometres! There are many lovely walks to try which offer striking panoramic views of the coast as well as bright golden beaches and secluded bays.
Fife has lots of charming fishing villages to explore and you could spend all day wandering around amongst the cobbled streets and pretty seaside cottages. If you’re a fan of wildlife, why not take a boat cruise to the Isle of May where you can see a range of seabirds, seals and puffins!
If you would prefer to stay in-land, Fife’s pastoral countryside is breathtaking and there are many woodland glens and rolling hills to explore, from the magestic Lomond Hills to the peaceful Lochore Meadows. Fife is also home to a range of wonderful parks and gardens which are perfect for relaxing in, enjoying an afternoon picnic or just doing a bit of people watching.
Fife boasts a generous natural larder and has the products to prove it. Local markets are a super way to sample some of Fife’s very best food and drink and many local producers from butchers and distillers to gourmet food providers showcase their offering of seafood, cheeses, condiments, drinks and more. You can also discover many local artists and makers who sell crafts and gifts such as artwork, clothing, homewares and jewellery.
The Fife Farmers Market takes place each month in various regions and Bowhouse Food Market is another excellent monthly event which showcases a huge range of local producers and makers as well as hosting music and other activities. Fife regularly hosts a range of various pop-up craft markets, vintage fayres and art events – visit our events page to check what’s on.
Fife has a vibrant cultural scene and hosts an abundance of music, theatre shows and exhibitions all year round. Fife also has a busy annual programme of events and festivals, so there is sure to be something exciting taking place during your trip. You can find a list of theatres, art galleries, music venues and museums here, or check out our events page to find out what's on. Alternatively, download our free Fife Events app to find out what's on when you are on the go.
Make sure you set some time aside to relax and enjoy some of Fife’s terrific food and drink. Sampling some of the local favourites is an absolute-must and you certainly won’t be stuck for fantastic places to refuel. Whether you fancy stopping somewhere for a quick drink or experiencing some of Fife's fine dining, there are plenty of options across the region.
You’ll find a great range of cafes and coffee shops in most Fife towns as well as dine in restaurants, bar lunches and gourmet establishments. Even if you don't fancy having a formal sit-down meal, there are lots of casual eateries where you can grab some takeout food or relax with a spot of lunch and take in the day's adventures. Fife is also famous for it’s fish and chips, which seem to taste even better by the seaside!
You can also check out some of Fife’s fantastic farm shops where you will find an array of local produce and delicacies, or visit one of Fife's distilleries and breweries where you’re welcome to take a tour and enjoy a sample or two!
Travelling in Fife is easy, with an excellent bus service operating across the region on a daily basis. It’s worth noting that there is a reduced service on Sundays, so remember to check the timetable in advance. For bus timetables, visit the Stagecoach website or download the Stagecoach app, where you can view timetables and purchase mobile bus tickets on the go. You can either purchase single tickets, day tickets or tickets for the whole week.
Fife also has a central railway line with multiple stations across the region and excellent links to Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. For train routes and timetables, visit the Scotrail website.
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