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Some More of Fife: Earthships & More!

Dysart Fife

Dysart Fife

The last post I did on our  holiday 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!

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 has never been before, but has a very very healthy interest in earthships, so it was good for him to see one in action.

If you don’t know, earthships are low impact eco homes made of tyres rammed with earth and stacked up on top of each other.  They are typically built into hillsides to take advantage of the geothermal mass, and 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!

polytunnelmassive vegetable

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

tomatoes on the vineKinghorn Fife

It’s free to get in and have a look around, although donations are encouraged, and you can 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!

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 hopes for the walk as Kirkcaldy isn’t exactly known for it’s stunning scenery but I have to say we were very pleasantly surprised!

Kirkcaldy FifeWendy Graham

Dysart Harbour Fife

Dysart

Pan Ha Dysartfishing 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 it, 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 – they’re on our list for next time!  And have you been to Fife?  Is there anywhere we’ve missed that you’d recommend?

Day Trips, Overnight Breaks, Travel

Our Holiday in Fife

holiday in Fife

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!