Fife: A Scottish heritage and nature destination
Fife, a council area in Scotland, lies between Firth of Tay and Firth of Forth. It is known to be one of the Pictish kingdoms and is still known as the Kingdom of Fife in Scotland. With a population of roughly 360,000, it is the third largest local authority area in Scotland.
Being a peninsula, Fife has several extinct volcanic features. One of which is the Lomond Hills, situated above the rolling farmlands. It is one of the highest points of the county making it a prime spot for paragliders. In the east is a cone-shaped volcanic plug, formed when lava hardens in a vent of an active volcano, called Largo Law.
Fife is home to the historical town of St. Andrews, also popularly known as the “Home of Golf.” St. Andrew boasts of architectural and historical structures such as the Cathedral of St. Andrew (once Scotland’s largest structure), St. Rule’s Tower, St. Andrews Castle and the Chapel of Blackfriars. The town also has a lot of sporting activities aside from golf such as swimming, pool, kite-flying, and surfing. The East Sands Leisure Centre provides leisure for tourists and other visitors.
As most locations in Europe, Fife celebrates its history through various art galleries and museums. The Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery is located in the town of Kirkcaldy and is near the town’s war memorial. Its art gallery possesses collections of significant works of Scottish Colourists and hosts temporary exhibitions.
Scotland has a big fishing industry, constituting almost a third of the United Kingdom’s industry. The Scottish Fisheries Museum commemorates and holds some 66,000 items of international and national. The award-winning museum is situated in Anstruther, Fife. It houses various models of boats, fishing gear, and an archive of photograph and paintings. 18 boats including the 104 year old drifter named Reaper can be seen in the museum. A chapel can also be found where fishermen who perished at sea are remembered.
Royal castles and palaces are very much present in Fife. Outside Ancroach, lies Kellie Castle which had existed in 1150. Its gables, corbelled towers, and chimneys are proof that the Kellie Castle was built and designed according to the domestic architecture of the Scottish Baronial Style. Its last owner was Hew Lorimer, a sculptor. He was the son of Sir Robert Lorimer, a famous Scottish architect. The castle and its surrounding gardens are open to the public with Hew Lorimer’s studio and other works are also exhibited.
Scenic views and nature also plays a big part in Fife. The Tentsmuir Forest, which is part of Tentsmuir Point National Nature reserve, contains many Scots Pine and Corsican Pine. It is next to the Kinshaldy Beach. In 2002, a Fife Costal Path was built which runs along the coast for 82 miles. It features many of Fife’s seaside villages. The path can be coursed through in about six days. A notable place of visit is the Harbourmaster’s House in Dysart.
Many famous people also have the honor of hailing from Fife such as writer Ian Rankin, musician KT Tunstall, and of course, great economist Adam Smith.