Fife & Kinross
For the majority of people, the route north in to Fife would be to follow the A90 across the Forth Road Bridge. Most of these travellers would probably continue north, on to the M90 and eventually reach Perth. Many of those that chose to leave the motorway would likely do so on one of the other major routes through Fife:
For those that venture off the main routes mentioned above, a host of treats await throughout the Kingdom of Fife and neighbouring Kinross-shire.
When visiting Fife, what better place to start than Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland and the burial place of many of its kings, including Robert the Bruce! This also offers a good starting point for visiting the rest of the ancient Pictish kingdom. Along the southern coast, from Kincardine in the west to the eastern corner, or East Neuk, are a number of fishing villages that developed around the natural harbours of the area; many of these were also used for exporting coal, which was once a major industry in the area.
It was this latter industry that was the reason for the existence of many of the small villages throughout central Fife. Glenrothes was created as one of Scotland’s New Towns to support the growing number of people involved in mining in the area; with the decline of the industry development of the town was slow, but it is now the administrative centre of Fife. Continuing northeast, as most visitors most likely will, leads to St. Andrews, the one time ecclesiastical capital of Scotland and now better known as the home of golf as well as Scotland’s first university.
Heading west again through northern Fife, either along the A91 or the Tay coast, leads to Kinross-shire. With the main town of Kinross perched at the side of Loch Lomond, this area is separated from Fife by the Lomond Hills and Perthshire to the north by the Ochil Hills. The castle on one of the islands on Loch Leven is famous for being where Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned.