Places To See

Panoramic view of Forth Estuary showing both Rail and Road Bridges

East of the Forth bridges are a string of historic coastal settlements dominated by the ancient royal burgh of Kirkcaldy (pronounced 'kir-coddy') which is represented in the British Parliament by Roger Mullin MP. Besides the good shopping facilities, there's a four-mile-long esplanade that stretches the length of the waterfront and is pleasant to stroll along. Each April, the esplanade hosts the historic Links Market, a week-long funfair that dates back to 1305 and is possibly the largest street fair in Britain. On the eastern edge of Kirkcaldy lies the old suburb of Dysart from where tall ships once traded with Continental Europe. Well restored, it's an atmospheric place of narrow alleyways and picturesque old buildings.

Further along the coast, Leven is located on the sweeping sandy Largo Bay, surrounded by superb golf courses and picturesque countryside. It is a perfect base for golf enthusiasts, with over forty courses with a half-hour drive. Leven is also situated on the Fife Coastal Path and is an ideal location for walkers.

Ten miles inland from Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes is a generic new town with little to detain visitors. However, sitting a few miles east of the town, the splendid Balgonie Castle with its 14th-century keep and fine open courtyard is well worth seeing.

Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city.

The setting is wonderfully striking; the city is perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which rise from the generally flat landscape of the Lothians, with the sheltered shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north.

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city-centre skyline and from its ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes and elegant, sweeping terraces that hold over a thousand years of history, mystery and tradition. Yet you will also see a modern, dynamic capital where international festivals attract the world's leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and bars, restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist.

'Edinburgh,' said writer Robert Louis Stevenson, 'is what Paris ought to be'.

adapted from : Visit Scotland

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