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Edinburgh Christmas Market (And Other Fun Things To Do)

Christmas market edinburgh

Heading to the Edinburgh Christmas Market?  Check out my fun things to do and top tips.

The Edinburgh Christmas Market is one of my all-time favourite places to visit in Edinburgh at Christmas. Actually, it’s one of my top things to do at Christmas just in general.

My uncle used to run a coach tour company, and each year he’d run multiple tours to the Christmas markets of Germany.  Now Christmas markets in the UK are so good that you don’t have to travel to the continent to have a great time and make long-lasting cherished memories.  I’ve been to the Edinburgh Christmas Market every year I’ve lived in/around Edinburgh. Now nothing says Christmas to me more than spending the day there with my family, a glass of mulled wine in hand!

My Favourite Things to Do in Edinburgh

Of course, apart from the Edinburgh Christmas Market, the city is full of other great things to do at Christmas.  Edinburgh is such a great place to visit, whether you’re local or have travelled a bit further afield.  So when Premier Inn invited me to spend the day in Edinburgh, to share with you my favourite things to do in the city at Christmas, I jumped at the chance.

Day Trips, Overnight Breaks, Travel

Things to Do In Fife: Earthships & More!

Dysart Fife
Dysart Fife

Looking for things to do in Fife? Read on!

The last post I did on our holiday in Fife was getting quite lengthy (you can see part one here), so I thought I’d break it up into parts.  Here is part two. We fitted in a bit more as there is a surprising amount of things to do in Fife!

The Earthship at Kinghorn

One of the things we were keen to do in Fife was take a trip to the Earthship at Kinghorn.  I had already been to the Earthship, about 9 years ago, so it was interesting to go back to see how it has changed since then.  My other half had never been before but has a very very healthy interest in earthships, so he was excited to see one in action.

If you don’t know, Earthships are low-impact eco homes made of tyres. These tyres are then rammed with earth and stacked up on top of each other.  They are typically built into hillsides to take advantage of the geothermal mass. What’s more, tend to have large south-facing windows for maximum solar gain.  If you ever get a chance to visit one, like this one in Fife, then you really should – they are fascinating!

earthship Scotland
Earthship Kinghorn

Since I was there last they’ve added a yurt, above, and really expanded on their gardens.  I have seen plastic bottle greenhouses all over the internet so it was great to see one up to close to see how they work:

plastic bottle greenhouse

There’s also a huge polytunnel where Earthship volunteers are growing their own produce.  My little ‘un is really into her veggies so she found the polytunnel more interesting than the Earthship!  I couldn’t get her out of the polytunnel!

massive vegetable

Look at the size of that squash!  It’s a monster!

tomatoes on the vine
Kinghorn Fife

It’s free to get in and have a look around, although donations are encouraged. You can also book guided tours (at a cost) for groups who want to know more about Earthships.  They also run courses all year round on all aspects of sustainable living too, which is pretty cool!

The Fife Coastal Path

On our last full day in Fife, we were at a bit of a loose end. So, armed with fishing nets, we took a walk along a coastal path from Ravenscraig Park in Kirkcaldy to Dysart.  We didn’t really have high expectations for the walk, but I have to say we were very pleasantly surprised!

Kirkcaldy Fife
Wendy Graham
Dysart Harbour Fife
Pan Ha Dysart
fishing with nets

Dysart Harbour is really lovely. And although there isn’t much to do in Dysart itself, we whiled away quite a while fishing (for stones!) on the seafront!  We ended up the day back in Ravenscraig Park, which itself is really pretty with a great playground for kids.

There are heaps more things to do in Fife. We didn’t touch St Andrews or the villages of Pittenweem or Anstruther. However, they’re on our list for next time!  And have you been to Fife?  Is there anywhere we’ve missed that you’d recommend?

You can also check out my guide to Cairnie Fruit Farm – also in Fife.