The Kingdom of Fife is located on the East coast of Scotland just above Edinburgh. Bursting with history, scenery and Scottish tradition, Fife is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.
It’s no secret that I LOVE Scotland. As a lover of haggis, hills and wildlife, Scotland is always high up on my list of places to visit each year. I was extremely excited to have been invited to Fife for the weekend by Welcome to Fife, the tourist board for the area, to experience some activities and taste the local delicacies the area has to offer. I was joined by Welsh blogger, Chelsea from Loving Life in Wellies, to spend 3 nights and 2 days in the wonderful Kingdom of Fife.
These are five of my favourite things to do in Fife:
Photos credit: FunkyEllas Travel
SUP on the Sea
Stand Up Paddle boarding (or SUP as it is also known) is an easy-to-grasp sport and a fun way to explore an area from the water. St Andrews in Fife is a stunning town steeped in history and it is where Blown Away entertains locals and visitors through various activities on the beautiful West Sands Beach.
We were taken on a SUP tour by the adventure experience company run by twin brothers, Guy and Jamie. Picture, if you please, twin brothers who spend all their time in the sea on surfboards and kitesurfs. Does the picture in your mind resemble 2 huge smiles and a headful of wavy surf hair? This is exactly what Guy and Jamie look like!
All equipment, towels and a cup of hot chocolate are included. All you need is your swimming gear and an expectation to get wet!
A 2-hour session costs £49.50. Book in advance at blownaway.co.uk
Eat Scottish-grown veg
Did I mention I LOVE haggis? Well, I didn’t get to eat any on this Scottish visit, however, I was not disappointed by the amazing food I scoffed while in Fife.
We were taken to Pillars of Hercules organic farm shop and café to sample fodder grown in their garden. The beautiful building is clad in larch and reminded me of my own cabin back in Yorkshire. I really enjoy eating at well-run, attractive eateries that serve good food and Pillars of Hercules exceeded my high expectations. The vegetarian menu may initially put off some meat-lovers but I assure you that where the meals lack in meat they make up for it in taste. Even better, you can see the polytunnels where most of the vegetables served are grown throughout the year. On top of this, the staff are very friendly and you can take home produce sold in the farm shop. After filling your bellies with good food, I recommend a walk around the Falkland Estate in which the café is located.
See the menu at Pillars.co.uk
Drive a supercar
Driving a Lamborghini probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks of Scotland. But it sure is a fantastic, adrenaline-inducing activity that is well worth doing while you are in Fife. With a fleet consisting of a Lotus Exige, Ferrari, Nissan GTR and an Audi R8, Supercar Experience Days UK provides the opportunity to experience the car of your dreams.
As a person who drives a 10-year-old car that cost £2k, I didn’t anticipate that I would I enjoy the thrill of driving a Lamborghini as much as I did. When asked to choose which car I would like to take for a spin around the course, I assessed the value of each car and went for the most expensive, of course.
You don’t need to know how to drive or hold a driving licence and children over 12 can get behind the wheel!
1 lap of the course is around £30. Check the website to see upcoming drive days at supercarexperiencedaysuk.com/fifeairport
Drink whisky at its origins
Whisky is the iconic drink of Scotland and no trip to the country is complete without a tour of one of its 100+ distilleries. The newest distillery to be added to the fine list is Lindores Abbey Distillery in NEWBURGH, Fife and it has a pretty unique claim- it is said that the earliest known written reference of whisky distilling was in Lindores Abbey in 1494 and distilling probably took place long before.
Lindores Abbey Distillery is due to open August 2017 and is a fabulous and tasteful building on the site of the original abbey. The ruins can still be seen around the building and owners Drew and Helen have ensured elements of its history have been entwined into the design of the contemporary building and its interior. We were treated to a preview tour of the attraction and I was impressed by the quality of the build and the finishing touches to the design and fittings.
If whisky isn’t your cup of tea, the venue is still well worth a visit to see the impressive copper stills and enjoy an incredible afternoon tea.
Visit lindoresabbeydistillery.com to read more about the Lindores Abbey story and plan your visit.
Sleep on a boat in the woods
A boat in the woods? Yup, that’s right. I spent three cosy nights in the gorgeous ‘Camboat’ in the stunning grounds of Cambo Estate, just 7 miles from St Andrews. This glamping experience is perfect for those adventurous types or couples wanting something romantic and peaceful.
My date for the weekend, Chelsea, and I zonked out each night and slept very well in the comfortable bed in the bow of the yacht. It was such a novelty to climb out of the bed and onto the deck each morning to sea views and fresh Scottish air.
Guests are welcome to explore the grand house and enjoy many of the gigantic living rooms in the building. Chelsea and I spent hours chatting away while resting on the chaise lounge in the window overlooking the mature gardens. The walled garden is beautiful and the sea beach is a 3-minute walk from the boat.
For those wanting the comfort of a room or a luxurious treat, you can stay in the house. I recommend adding the breakfast to your booking- the black pudding is the tastiest I’ve ever had!
Camboat sleeps up to 4 people and costs £99 per night with a minimum of 2 nights Visit camboestate.com/stay/cambo-woodland-retreat/Camboat to read more and book.
Plan your trip to Fife
Fife is easily reachable on the train with Virgin Trains East Coast with services running from London Kings Cross, York, Darlington, Newcastle and Edinburgh to Leuchars in Fife. From Leuchars, there are frequent buses to St Andrews for £3 one way.
Visit the Welcome to Fife website to discover places to visit, eat and stay – the website is a great resource and the team are very helpful.
I was invited to experience Fife by Welcome to Fife. All activities and accommodation were complimentary in return for sharing honest stories about the businesses and area from my adventure weekend.