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Things to Do at Cairnie Fruit Farm

cairnie fruit farm

Planning a visit to Cairnie Fruit Farm in Fife? Here’s my verdict.

I grew up in Ayrshire, which, farming wise is famous for dairy farming and potatoes.  Fruit farms are few and far between over there. And pick your own farms were most definitely not a thing in Ayrshire.  I guess digging your own potatoes is nowhere near as fun or tasty as picking soft fruit!

So it came to be that the other week was my first ever visit to a pick your own farm.  It just so happened that we picked a really great one to visit – Cairnie Fruit Farm, near Cupar in Fife.

What Can You Pick at Cairnie Fruit Farm?

Depending on the season, at Cairnie Fruit Farm you can pick strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, gooseberries, black and red currants, and even pumpkins in over 45 acres of luscious farmland.  

What Else Is There to Do?

As well as being able to pick your own fruit, there’s a big family play area with heaps of outdoor activities for kids.  Think trampolines, flying foxes, chutes, sandpits, a go-kart track, straw bale climbing fortress and you’re only halfway there.

There are also fun tractor rides for kids. And the pièce de résistance – the huge maize maze.  The maze changes theme every year – this year it was BFG-themed.  The maze opens in mid-July, by which point it was around 5 feet high, so we were there just in time for its opening.  The maize is then harvested in October (by which point it’s over 8 feet high) and fed to cattle, so it’s a pretty sustainable maze at that!

maize maze cairnie fruit farm

After a lot of fun in the play area, we ambled over to the fruit farm.  The strawberries were a bit thin on the ground as they were between crops, but there was row upon row of ripe raspberries and gooseberries ready for the picking.

cairnie fruit farm
pyo strawberries
pick your own strawberries

As our allotment is sprouting raspberries faster than we can eat them at the moment I picked a huge punnet of soft delicious gooseberries for just a couple of pounds.  There’s nothing quite like freshly picked fruit still warm from the sun.

We had lunch in the Cairnie Fruit Farm cafe, but if you wanted to save a bit of money then there are plenty of spots overlooking the rolling Fife countryside to have a picnic or even a barbeque.

cairnie fruit farm cupar

Wondering what I made with my gooseberries?  My eldest and I baked this gooseberry clafoutis.  It’s so good and really easy to whip up – give it a go next time you have a punnet of gooseberries to hand!

punnet of gooseberries

We’ll definitely be back at Cairnie Fruit Farm soon!  Have you hit up any good spots this summer? If you’re planning a trip to Cairnie Fruit Farm then do check out my guides on things to Fife, and more things to do in Fife. I’d also recommend the Kelpies in Falkirk – it’s a great day out not too far away from Fife.

Day Trips, Travel

What to See And Do At The Kelpies, Falkirk

the kelpies
the kelpies

If you live in Scotland, or are planning on visiting Scotland this summer then I heartily recommend a trip to see The Kelpies, in Falkirk.  We headed over to The Kelpies at the start of this year, and I’ve been meaning to share some photos from the trip ever since!

What Are The Kelpies?

The Kelpies are giant horse head statues. They stand at an impressive 30 metres high and are such a thing of beauty.  

We visited on a sunny afternoon in late winter but you can also visit at night when they’re bathed in coloured light.  You can even book a tour and go up inside the Kelpies. We were with our three-year-old and didn’t think she’d be too into that, but it’s definitely something I’d like to do!

the kelpies falkirk

Where in Scotland Is The Kelpies?

The Kelpies are situated in Falkirk’s Helix Park, on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal. Here you can stroll along the canal and enjoy the views. There’s also a network of footpaths and cycleways connecting the Kelpies to other parts of Helix Park.

forth and clyde canal
wendy graham moral fibres

(ps: my Orla Kiely tea dress is from People Tree)

What Can You Do There?

As well as marveling at the statues, and perhaps having a cup of coffee or a pizza from one of the nearby cafe, there are lots of things to do at the Kelpies. Once you’ve had your fill of the Kelpies you can walk from the Kelpies Hub through the rest of Helix Park.  If you’re with kids, then there’s a fantastic playground for kids age two and up. We had a total blast at the park, playing with our nipper. There is also a splash park in Helix Park for cooling off on hot days, which looks like a lot of fun.

The Park also has some lovely nature walks along the lakes and marshlands, which we also really enjoyed.

swan frozen lake

You can tell how early on in the year we went because the lake is frozen over!

Are The Kelpies Free?

Yes, it’s free to get into the Kelpies and to Helix Park, which is an added bonus!

How Do You Get There?

If you’re travelling there by public transport, then it’s very accessible. From Glasgow or Edinburgh then you can easily get a train from either Queen Street Station in Glasgow, or Waverley or Haymarket Station in Edinburgh. Depart at Falkirk High Station.  From the station, there’s a frequent bus service that serves all the attractions in Falkirk, including the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies.

Don’t make the same mistake we did – we assumed the Falkirk Wheel was next to the Kelpies. In actual fact, it’s over 2 miles away.  We didn’t factor in enough time to visit the Falkirk Wheel, but that’s for our next trip!

PS: other places to visit in Scotland – Burntisland and Falkland, and the Kinghorn Earthship.