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Holiday in Fife Ideas

holiday in Fife
holiday in Fife

Looking to holiday in Fife? Here are some of my top tips on what to do in this beautiful kingdom.

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. However, 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 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!

Burntisland

The first place we hit up on our Fife holiday 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 The Roasting Project and The Fix Fife as both offer great vegetarian and vegan options). In summer there’s even 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!

Falkland

On another day of our holiday in Fife, we visited the town of Falkland.  I hadn’t heard of Falkland before, but it was such an undiscovered gem of a place!

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. However, the gardens and orchards of the palace are a dream of a way to spend a day of your holiday in Fife.

Falkland Palace
Falkland Palace Fife
Things to do in Fife
Falkland Fife
walled garden
willow 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’ve shared part two of our holiday in Fife here.  There are a surprising amount of fun things to do! You can also check out my guide to Cairnie Fruit Farm – also in Fife.

Overnight Breaks, Travel

Isle of Wight Holiday Ideas

isle of wight
isle of wight

Looking for some UK holiday ideas?  Why not try the Isle of Wight?

Throughout my selection of travel posts, I’m hoping to show you some fantastic places to holiday here at home in the UK, without the need for any long-haul flights.

First up were some stunning places to stay in Scotland.  Travelling much further south today, the Isle of Wight is a fantastic summer paradise. It’s easily accessible by ferry and high-speed boat (if you’re travelling without a car) from both Southampton and Portsmouth. These cities are in turn quick and easy to get to from London.  As such the Isle of Wight makes for a fantastic flight-free holiday destination.

The Isle of Wight boasts a beautiful coastline, with some stunning beaches. And the island has an average summer temperature of 20°C. Which at 5°C higher than here in Edinburgh, sounds downright tropical to me!

ventnor haven fishery

I’ve visited the Isle of Wight a few times now, and have always been won over by its sleepy laid-back charms, its jaunty seaside towns, and glorious countryside.  

There are lots of things to do for all ages and interests on the Isle of Wight. What’s more, the island has ambitious plans to be a wholly Eco Island. Here it aims to be a flagship for renewable energy generation and energy storage and have its own miniature smart electricity network.

Isle of Wight Vintage Vacations

If all of this has persuaded you to pay a visit, then the Isle of Wight has some amazing holiday accommodation.  If you’re looking for a particularly unique place to stay on the Isle of Wight then I came across Vintage Vacations, based near Ryde.

I stumbled upon them through photographer Emma Case’s blog.  Emma holidayed here last year, and her photos are so stunning that I instantly added this to my list of must-visit places to stay in the UK!

What makes Vintage Vacations special is that they have a fantastic collection of old restored air streams and British caravans available for you to stay in. These look absolutely amazing and would make for such a memorable summer holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Vintage Vacations Isle of Wight
vintage airstream holiday UK
vintage airstream UK
Isle of Wight caravan

The air streams are fully equipped with everything you will need for your holiday. Each air stream is fitted with a kitchen, and most are fitted with showers.  They even come complete with a set of vintage board games to complete the holiday vibe!

Selected air streams can sleep up to six, and prices start at £95 per night.

Now please do excuse me, I’m off to search for cheap trains down south…!

Have you holidayed on the Isle of Wight before?  Did you enjoy it?

And if you’re on the south coast, then I’ve also got a handy travel guide to Deal, in Kent.

All images from Emma Case Photography.