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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

Eco-Friendly Scottish Holiday Ideas

eco friendly scottish holiday ideas

After some eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas? I have some fantastic suggestions for you today!

After many years of holidaying in Scotland, from the Rhins of Galloway in the far south to the Highlands in the far north, I can safely say Scotland has some amazing places to visit. And equally, it has some amazing places to stay.  I’ve been doing a search for Scottish holiday ideas for future flight-free holidays at home. I’ve come up with some amazing eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas in various parts of Scotland, that I thought I’d share with you today.

Eco-Friendly Scottish Holiday Ideas

If you’re looking for some ideas for your next eco-friendly Scottish holiday then do check out some of these great places to stay:

Achiltibuie, Ross and Cromarty

achiltibuie

The Brochs of Coigach can be found in Achiltibuie, about 2 hours west of Inverness. This beautiful eco-friendly house has built externally from almost all recycled materials.  With wood from an old Victorian pier recovered from the sea, still with limpets on it; to the rocks from broken-down walls on their land – the Brochs of Coigach has been thoughtfully and carefully constructed to the greatest detail.  

Ross and Cromarty is a rambler’s paradise, with lots of stunning walks – from hills, lochs, and beaches. With nature aplenty, it makes a great eco-friendly place for a Scottish holiday.

There are two houses – a one-bedroomed, and a three-bedroomed cottage. Each comes equipped with everything you will need for a fantastic self-catering holiday.  Prices start from £1560 a week.

Inshriach, Aviemore

beermoth aviemore

For the second of my eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas, I’ve found The Beer Moth!  Situated at Inshriach, a secluded estate not far from the Highland hotspot of Aviemore, it is one that appeals to me a lot.  Although isn’t family-friendly – strictly couples only!

In a former life, the Beer Moth was a fire truck. However, it has since been transformed into a unique and unforgettable hideaway for two.  Featuring an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, a hearth made from a salvaged snooker table slate, a wall from a doghouse, and stairs fashioned from a fire escape, the Beer Moth is the ultimate in reusing and recycling.

eco-friendly holidays scotland

It certainly looks cosy! And with the addition of a wood burner, you can be sure that you’ll be kept warm.  There’s no electricity, but surely that just adds to the romance?!

It comes complete with a little kitchen, and range cooker, for all your self-catering needs:

eco-friendly holiday ideas Scotland

Separate washing facilities are on hand, so you won’t have to forgo a nice hot shower after a day roaming the Highlands!

The Inshriach estate is somewhere I have visited a lot during one of our many holidays in the Highlands. I can say from experience that it truly is one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland.  There are lots of activities in and around Aviemore for all ages, and fitness levels. Whether you want gentle strolls around lochs, a gentle cycle on the many cycle paths, or some vigorous climbing or skiing, Aviemore has it all.  Do check out my guide on things to do in Aviemore for my top suggestions.

The Beer Moth costs from £72 a night, and the minimum stay is two nights.

Stirling, Stirlingshire

Bramble Bield Stirling

For the third of my Scottish holiday ideas, try the caravans at Bramble Bield, near the historic city of Stirling.  The caravans are another unusual eco-friendly find, sleeping two if you fancy a romantic break, or sleeping four if you fancy a unique family holiday.

Every morning you’ll be delivered breakfast comprising of freshly baked bread, croissants, and Danish pastries. And if you’re lucky you’ll get eggs from their hens.

Each caravan is adorned with luxury bedding and fairy lights. In terms of facilities, you’ll find tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as a heater to keep you cosy on nippy nights. Outdoor tables and chairs are provided at each caravan for outdoor summer dining, and a communal campfire allows you to toast marshmallows on starry nights.

In Stirling, you’ll find the stunning Stirling Castle and other historic sights such as the Wallace Monument. There are also tonnes of outdoor activities in the Stirling area.

Prices start from £60 a night, and again, the minimum stay is two nights.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas!  All I can think is gosh, can I go on holiday now, please?!