As compact as it is diverse, Fife is a vibrant destination on Scotland’s rugged south east coast. Home to the rather quaint town of St Andrews (famous for its historic university), the wider region’s dotted with pretty little fishing villages with character aplenty, miles of gorgeous coastline and of course, the kind of unspoilt landscape we all know and love Scotland for.
There’s a historic feel to St Andrews that gives it a unique character, and as you walk its cobbled streets and browse boutique shops it’s easy to imagine the many students who have called the city home since the university opened its doors in the 1400s walking the very same alleys as they filled time between their studies.
St Andrews Castle sits high on a headland just outside the town, and if you want to explore the ruins and the history that stretches right back to the 13th century then there’s good news, it’s open all year round. While we’re on the subject of the town’s enchanting ruins, you’ll also find the remains of St Andrews Cathedral – once the most magnificent church in the whole of Scotland. Now the cathedral may be crumbling, but it’s still easy to imagine the splendour of the building during its heyday.
If you’re a golfer then even if you’ve yet to visit, you’ll know that St Andrews is one of the sport’s most important towns. When you’ve finished exploring The British Golf Museum you can show off you skills on The Old Course, just one of 8 championship courses throughout St Andrews, and follow in the footsteps of some of the best golfers in the world who have competed in the various British Open Championships the course has hosted.
For those days when you hear the call of the coast, discover West Sands beach. This sandy gem hit the big screen in the opening credits of the film Chariots of Fire, and the beach rolls on for nearly two blissful miles.