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==Regions==
 
==Regions==
"The Kingdom of Fife" [http://www.standrews.com/fife/] consists of a number of towns, countryside and coastline. Fife can be thought of in an number of sub-areas:
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[http://www.standrews.com/fife/ "The Kingdom of Fife"] consists of a number of towns, countryside and coastline. Fife can be thought of in an number of sub-areas:
  
'''West Fife''' includes areas from Kincardine to [[Aberdour]], including the ancient capital of Scotland, [[Dunfermline]], as well as many historic towns and villages such as Culross and Limekilns.
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'''West Fife''' which would include areas from Kincardine and Culross (pronounced like "ku-ris") through to Rosyth and Dunfermline.
  
 
'''Central Fife''' includes the areas around Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Kirkcaldy, Leven and Glenrothes.
 
'''Central Fife''' includes the areas around Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Kirkcaldy, Leven and Glenrothes.
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'''The East Neuk of Fife''' (pronounced like "nuke") is the coastal stretch beyond Leven leading up to St Andrews taking in villages such as St Monans (with its windmill), Elie (with its Blue Flag beach) and Crail (with its red tile roofs).
 
'''The East Neuk of Fife''' (pronounced like "nuke") is the coastal stretch beyond Leven leading up to St Andrews taking in villages such as St Monans (with its windmill), Elie (with its Blue Flag beach) and Crail (with its red tile roofs).
  
Many tourists find themselves paying most attention to St Andrews and [[The East Neuk]]. Falkland and Culross are also well worth visiting, and other areas provide facilities and subjects of interest: for example, Kirkcaldy is the birth place of Adam Smith - the "father of modern economics".
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Many tourists find themselves paying most attention to St Andrews and [[The East Neuk]]. Falkland and Culross are also well worth visiting, and other areas provide facilities and subjects of interest: for example, Kirkcaldy is the birth place of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_smith Adam Smith] - the "father of modern economics".
  
==Towns and villages==
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==Towns==
 
[[Image:Fife map.png|thumb|200px|Map of Fife]]
 
[[Image:Fife map.png|thumb|200px|Map of Fife]]
*[[Aberdour]], described as "the jewel in Fife", Aberdour is a stunningly attractive coastal village.
 
 
*[[Anstruther]]
 
*[[Anstruther]]
 
*[[Buckhaven]]
 
*[[Buckhaven]]
*[[Burntisland]], a small town on the Firth of Forth.
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*[[Burntisland]] a small town on the Firth of Forth.
*[[Carnock]]
 
 
*[[Culross]], a charming 16th and 17th century restored town.
 
*[[Culross]], a charming 16th and 17th century restored town.
 
*[[Cupar]]
 
*[[Cupar]]
 
*[[Dunfermline]] near the Forth Bridges, with an interesting Abbey.
 
*[[Dunfermline]] near the Forth Bridges, with an interesting Abbey.
*[[Drumoig]]
 
 
*[[Falkland]]
 
*[[Falkland]]
 
*[[Glenrothes]]
 
*[[Glenrothes]]
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*[[Lower Largo]]
 
*[[Lower Largo]]
 
*[[Lundin Links]]
 
*[[Lundin Links]]
*[[Rosyth]]
 
 
*[[St Andrews]] home of golf and oldest university in Scotland (founded 1410)
 
*[[St Andrews]] home of golf and oldest university in Scotland (founded 1410)
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
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*[[Carnock]]
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
While Fife is often looked upon now as little more than the southern commuter belt to Edinburgh and the town of St. Andrews its people are very proud of their past. Fife has a history steeped in Economic achievement - from it's founder father, Adam Smith (born in Kirkcaldy) to perhaps the world's greatest buisnessman/philathropest, Andrew Carnegie (born in Dunfermline). This current tradition is upheld by the last UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
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While Fife is often looked upon now as little more than the southern commuter belt to Edinburgh and the town of St. Andrews its people are very proud of their past. Fife has a history steeped in Economic achievement - from it's founder father, Adam Smith (born in Kirkcaldy) to perhaps the world's greatest buisnessman/philathropest, Andrew Carnegie (born in Dunfermline). This current tradition is upheld by the current UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
'''By plane'''
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'''By Air'''
  
Edinburgh Airport [http://www.edinburghairport.com/] (EDI) is the most convenient airport for most of Fife. Edinburgh airport is well served from across the UK and some European cities by the likes of BA, BMI, easyJet, flyglobespan, flybe, Scotairways, Lufthansa, Air France and KLM, and now also has direct flights to the USA with Delta and Continental. There's a bus service (747 line [http://www.airdirect747.com/]) direct to Inverkeithing from the airport, where you can change for another bus or for the train. It takes from 25 to 45 minutes (depending on the traffic). Fares are £4.50 single or "day return", half for children. Otherwise, get the bus/taxi into Edinburgh and catch the train from Haymarket or Waverley. You could of course also hire a car.  
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[http://www.edinburghairport.com/ Edinburgh Airport] (EDI) is the most convenient airport for most of Fife. Edinburgh airport is well served from across the UK and some European cities by the likes of BA, BMI, easyJet, flyglobespan, flybe, Scotairways, Lufthansa, Air France and KLM, and now also has direct flights to the USA with Delta and Continental. There's a bus service ([http://www.airdirect747.com/ 747 line]) direct to Inverkeithing from the airport, where you can change for another bus or for the train. It takes from 25 to 45 minutes (depending on the traffic). Fares are £4.50 single or "day return", half for children. Otherwise, get the bus/taxi into Edinburgh and catch the train from Haymarket or Waverley. You could of course also hire a car.  
  
 
Glasgow airport is about a 90 minute drive from the Forth Road Bridge (entryway to Fife).  
 
Glasgow airport is about a 90 minute drive from the Forth Road Bridge (entryway to Fife).  
  
 
There is also a small airport in Dundee that has commercial scheduled connections from London City (with Scotairways) - this airport is convenient for some of Fife also.
 
There is also a small airport in Dundee that has commercial scheduled connections from London City (with Scotairways) - this airport is convenient for some of Fife also.
Fife Airport [http://www.taysideaviation.co.uk/] is found in Glenrothes - there are no commercial scheduled flights to this airport.
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[http://www.taysideaviation.co.uk/ Fife Airport] is found in Glenrothes - there are no commercial scheduled flights to this airport.
  
'''By train'''  
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'''By Train'''  
  
Trains from Edinburgh (or further south) to Dundee (or Aberdeen) stop at Inverkeithing, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kirkcaldy, Markinch and Leuchars (for St Andrews). You can use the East coast service on the East Coast Mainline directly from London to Kirkcaldy, though this is a long trip. There is also a very good local or 'circle' service which services Dunfermline, Rosyth, Thornton (for Glenrothes, although Markinch is also handy) and other towns.
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Trains from Edinburgh (or further south) to Dundee (or Aberdeen) stop at Inverkeithing, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kirkcaldy, Markinch and Leuchars (for St Andrews). You can use the GNER service on the East Coast Mainline directly from London to Kirkcaldy, though this is a long trip. There is also a very good local or 'circle' service which services Dunfermline, Rosyth, Thornton (for Glenrothes, although Markinch is also handy) and other towns.
  
'''By car'''
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'''By Car'''
  
 
Use the M90 motorway to access Fife from the north (Perth) or south (Edinburgh). A92 gives access from Dundee/Aberdeen. Also easy access from Stirling to Kincardine/Dunfermline via A985. A92/A985/A91 are major trunk routes through Fife.
 
Use the M90 motorway to access Fife from the north (Perth) or south (Edinburgh). A92 gives access from Dundee/Aberdeen. Also easy access from Stirling to Kincardine/Dunfermline via A985. A92/A985/A91 are major trunk routes through Fife.
  
'''By bus'''
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'''By Bus'''
  
Major bus stations in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, St Andrews Inverkeithing and Cupar are served by Stagecoach among others (for example, some Megabus services make stops at Inverkeithing). See above for details of getting to Fife by bus from Edinburgh airport.
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Major bus stations in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, St Andrews and Cupar are served by Stagecoach among others (for example, some Megabus services make stops at Inverkeithing). See above for details of getting to Fife by bus from Edinburgh airport.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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Generally speaking, the most convenient way to get from Edinburgh (Airport) to St Andrews is to hire a car and drive - especially if you're arriving with golf clubs!  
 
Generally speaking, the most convenient way to get from Edinburgh (Airport) to St Andrews is to hire a car and drive - especially if you're arriving with golf clubs!  
  
Check Traveline Scotland [http://www.travelinescotland.com/] for full details of public transport and a journey planner.
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Check [http://www.travelinescotland.com/ Traveline Scotland] for full details of public transport and a journey planner.
  
 
Bus and rail services are excellent (the 'Fife Circular' service runs from Edinburgh Waverley to all train stations in West and Central Fife. The main line service runs to Inverkeithing in West Fife, Kirkcaldy in East Fife and Leucars in North East Fife.)
 
Bus and rail services are excellent (the 'Fife Circular' service runs from Edinburgh Waverley to all train stations in West and Central Fife. The main line service runs to Inverkeithing in West Fife, Kirkcaldy in East Fife and Leucars in North East Fife.)
  
There is an excellent series of cycle tracks [http://www.fife-cycleways.co.uk/] throughout Fife. The cycle route from Edinburgh to Aberdeen also passes through Fife.
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There is an excellent series of [http://www.fife-cycleways.co.uk/ cycle tracks] throughout Fife. The cycle route from Edinburgh to Aberdeen also passes through Fife.
  
On foot you can take the Coastal Path [http://www.fifecoastalpath.com/index.asp?cat=Home] which starts (and ends) at the Kincardine, Tay or Forth Road Bridges.
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On foot you can take the [http://www.fifecoastalpath.com/index.asp?cat=Home Coastal Path] which starts (and ends) at the Kincardine, Tay or Forth Road Bridges.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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Falkland Palace
 
Falkland Palace
  
Dunfermline : Abbey,
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Dunfermline
  
 
Adam Smith Theatre
 
Adam Smith Theatre
  
 
Rothes Halls
 
Rothes Halls
 
[[Aberdour]] Beach, scenic harbour, castle. 
 
  
  
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===Itineraries===
 
===Itineraries===
  
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The Bengal Tiger Indian Restaurant at Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline, near to the park, offers excellent food, and has special half price offers every Sunday to Friday night inclusive.
 
The Bengal Tiger Indian Restaurant at Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline, near to the park, offers excellent food, and has special half price offers every Sunday to Friday night inclusive.
  
For Fish & Chips (or Ice Cream!) try the Anstruther Fish Bar [http://www.anstrutherfishbar.co.uk/], which has won awards. Be ready for a long queue at busy times, though.
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For Fish & Chips (or Ice Cream!) try the [http://www.anstrutherfishbar.co.uk/ Anstruther Fish Bar], which has won awards. Be ready for a long queue at busy times, though.
  
The Pavilion [http://www.thepav.co.uk/] in Elie is actually a (golf) pavillion, but offers good food (including local seafood) at a decent price. It's also an Internet Cafe.
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The [http://www.thepav.co.uk/ Pavilion] in Elie is actually a (golf) pavillion, but offers good food (including local seafood) at a decent price. It's also an Internet Cafe.
  
 
If you're more adventurous, try lobster directly by the harbour in Crail (look for the small wooden hut).
 
If you're more adventurous, try lobster directly by the harbour in Crail (look for the small wooden hut).
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
Fife has many pubs, every town or village will have at least one with most having two or three.
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Fife has many pubs: The Alpha Bar in Kirkcaldy; The Valleyfield Bar in High Valleyfield; Shardays in Lochgelly all offer a truly local experience.
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The Stag Inn in Falkland is a nice pub with a pubby atmosphere. Cash only!
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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