Day Trips, Travel

Edinburgh Christmas Market (And Other Fun Things To Do)

Christmas market edinburgh

The Edinburgh Christmas Market is one of my all time favourite places to visit in Edinburgh at Christmas, and things to do at Christmas.  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 every year I’ve lived in/around Edinburgh and nothing says Christmas to me more than spending the day there with my family, a glass of mulled wine in hand!

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, so as to share with you my favourite things to do in the city at Christmas, I jumped at the chance.

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Day Trips, Overnight Breaks, Travel

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!


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, 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 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 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?