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Fife and St Andrews attractions

Throughout the year, Fife and St Andrews offers exciting and fascinating attractions to fill the days with challenging outdoor activities, indoor cultural experiences, thrilling historic revelations, and a wealth of inspiring retail possibilities. In addition to the obvious golfing delights, Fife is almost unbeatable for country sports enthusiasts. Choose from Craigluscar near Dunfermline, the Scottish Off Road Driving Centre at Strathmiglo and Cluny Clays in Kirkcaldy – all popular destinations for activities such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or off-road driving. Goldenloch, near Newburgh and Cameron Reservoir close to St Andrews, are fisheries open to the public. To explore the game that makes St Andrews famous the world over, The British Golf Museum lies across the road from the 18th hole of the Old Course. It documents the history of golf from medieval times to the present and can be enjoyed by those who aren’t massive fans of the sport.

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St Andrews Botanic Garden
Pond at St Andrews Botanic Garden

Canongate, St Andrews KY16 8RT

This is a beautiful and inspirational 18-acre haven for the rare and unusual in the heart of historic St Andrews. Here you can see amazing botanical and geographic displays, visit the extensive glasshouses, which hold alpines, desert plants and exotics. Explore the woodland, lawns, rock garden, pond, herbaceous borders and display beds. The St Andrews Botanic Garden Tropical Butterfly House Experience is ideal for visitors of all ages and part of its extensive glasshouse facility, this is a great all-weather experience. Butterfly House activity books and wonderful knowledgeable volunteers will open your eyes to a world you had never imagined. Visit website

Scottish Clay Shooting Centre
Scottish Clay Shooting Centre

Craigie Farm, Leuchars KY16 0DR

The Scottish Clay Shooting Centre is one of the leading clay grounds in the country and is well known for its ability to cater for everyone from complete beginners to seasoned professionals, from small hen parties to large corporate days. The team of highly-qualified instructors are the best in the business and they make sure that everyone leaves the centre having improved and, most importantly, having had a great time. Visit website

Anstruther Pleasure Cruises

Anstruther Harbour, Fife KY10 3AB

Anstruther Pleasure Cruises operate the May Princess, licensed by Scottish Natural Heritage to land passengers at the Isle of May. Cruises can carry 100 passengers and sail almost every day from the beginning of April to the end of September. The Island is a national nature reserve with over 200,000 sea birds at the height of the season, (including the largest puffin colony on the east coast), wildlife, historic buildings and lighthouses. Facilities on the boat include a snack bar, toilets, upper viewing deck and saloon. The trip includes around two and a half to three hours on the Island. Visit website

The Scottish Fisheries Museum
Fishing nets

St Ayles Cres, Harbourhead, Cellardyke, Anstruther KY10 3AB

The Scottish Fisheries Museum tells the story of Scottish fishing and its people from the earliest times to the present. Situated in a wonderful collection of historic buildings on the harbour of a small and beautiful fishing port, it’s a charitable trust which has become a national institution with an international reputation. The collections are truly inspiring. They permit the Museum to exhibit wonderful examples of historic fishing boats and gear. They also help illustrate the geography and social structures of fishing communities. Visit website

St Andrews Golf Links
St Andrews Golf Links

W Sands Rd, St Andrews KY16 9XL

Recognised the world over as the home of golf, St Andrews Links has borne witness to over 600 years of golfing history. That the game evolved and developed into its final form here has never been in question. Golf has been played on the famous Links since as early as the 1400s, and it was here in 1764, when the 22-hole Old Course was reduced, that today’s 18-hole round was established, becoming the standard for golf courses the world over. One golf course has now become seven, and many of golf’s most dramatic moments have occurred here. The Links has played host to the game’s greats as well as those enthusiastic amateurs for whom the chance to play St Andrews’ hallowed turf is a dream come true. St Andrews’ expert guide will take you around the 1st, 17th and 18th holes of the Old Course where you will be able to walk in the footsteps of icons of the game and experience a player’s eye view of the fabled links. Visit website

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