holiday in Fife

Hello!  How have you been?  This month has been a tough one on so many fronts, so we took a much needed holiday last week.  It was a bit of an unplanned one – we hadn’t booked a holiday this year.  Between this, that, and the other the idea of a holiday fell by the wayside, but when the chance came up to have a little holiday in Fife for a week, thanks to my sister-in-law, we jumped at the chance.  So the three of us (plus our pet parrot!) journeyed 20 miles up the road, over the Firth of Forth, and settled down in Fife for the week.

Despite living so close to Fife for the past five years, it isn’t a place I’ve really explored very much.  I grew up on the west coast of Scotland, so the east coast is still a bit here be dragons land for me!  What a blast we had this week exploring the area though – it just goes to show that you don’t have to travel far from home to have a fantastic family holiday!

The first place we hit up was Burntisland.  Burntisland is fantastic for families – it has a brilliant green flag beach, a lovely park, heaps of walks, some great cafes (we like Potter About on wet days – great for keeping kids entertained – and Food for Thought, which also has a great fair trade market in it), and in summer a funfair on the links by the beach.  We caught the last day of the funfair which went down a treat with my thrill seeking little ‘un!

Burntisland Beach Burntisland

view of Edinburgh from Fife

You can even wave to Edinburgh from the shore of the beach!

On another day of our holiday we visited the town of Falkland.  I hadn’t heard of Falkland before, but it was like a little undiscovered gem for me!

Falkland Fife

Fayre Earth Falkland

Lomond Tavern Falkland

holiday in Fife

As well as being such a picturesque town, there is the lovely Falkland Palace, a National Trust for Scotland property.  It’s a little pricey to get in (£12.50 each) and not much for toddlers to do inside the actual palace, but the gardens and orchards of the palace are a dream.

 Falkland Palace

Falkland Palace Fife

Things to do in FifeFalkland Fifewalled gardenwillow weaving

We had hours and hours of fun in the gardens and orchard, where we happened upon some amazing willow sculptures, like this one of Mary Queen of Scots, above!

It’s probably enough photos for one day – I’ll share some more from our holiday in Fife another day.  There was a surprising amount of fun things to do there!