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Aberdour Castle and GardenBurntislandCastle
Aberdour Castle served as a residence for three noble families over a period of 500 years Ė the Mortimers, Randolphs and Douglases. The present complex of roofed buildings and ruined structures perfectly illustrates how a medieval castle could be extended and modified over time. First built to provide its owner with a secure place of strength, it was later enlarged in several stages until it became an extensive, outward-looking residence surrounded by delightful gardens and pleasure-grounds. It tells the visitor a great deal about changes in architectural and domestic fashion, as well as about the developing fortunes of the noble families who owned it.

Alloa TowerAlloaHistoric House
The ancestral home of the Erskine family, the Earls of Mar and Kellie, Alloa Tower is one of Scotlandís largest surviving medieval tower houses and has an important collection of portraits, silver and furniture, which are loaned from the familyís private collections.

Blackfriars ChapelSt AndrewsChurch - Chapel
A vaulted side apse survives of this church of Dominican friars, which was built in about 1516. View exterior only.

Blackness CastleBlacknessCastle
Blackness Castle stands beside the Firth of Forth, at the seaport which in medieval times served the royal burgh of Linlithgow. The castle was built in the 15th century by one of Scotlandís more powerful families, the Crichtons. But Blackness was not destined to serve as a peaceful lordly residence. In 1453 it became a royal castle and its enduring roles were those of garrison fortress and state prison. In the twilight of its days in the later 19th century, Blackness served as an ammunition depot, but after the First World War it was decommissioned and passed into state care as a visitor attraction.

Cambo GardensSt AndrewsGardens
Whatever you look for in gardens, you are sure to find it in this iconic Victorian walled garden with a modern twist - inspirational planting schemes designed by Head Gardener, Elliott Forsyth, unusual plants (to see and buy), somewhere beautiful to while away an hour or two, an all seasons plantsmanís paradise, woodland walks by a sparkling burn leading to the sea.

Clackmannan TowerClackmannanCastle
A fine 14th-century keep enlarged in the 15th century. View exterior only.

Culross PalaceCulrossHouse
The Royal Burgh of Culross is a unique survival, a town that time has passed by; the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Palace Garden: a reconstruction incorporating features that would have been found in an early 17th century garden. The Palace: a 16th century merchant's house (Sir George Bruce) noted for his internal painted walls and ceilings. The Town House built in 1626. The administrative centre of Culross with tollbooth and witches prison.

Culross AbbeyCulrossCathedral - Abbey
The remains of a Cistercian monastery founded in 1217. The eastern parts of the Abbey Church are the present parish church. There are ruins of the nave, cellars and domestic buildings.

Dogton StoneAuchterderranStone Cross
Once a splendid free-standing cross probably of 9th-century date. All that now remains is a much weathered fragment, best appreciated when appropriate lighting conditions highlight the surviving decoration.

Dollar GlenDollarWoodland Walk
This wooded glen provides spectacular walks to Castle Campbell. Dollar Glen has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its range of wildlife habitats and important geological features. Take care during or after rain as the paths can be dangerous.

Dunfermline Palace and AbbeyDunfermlineAbbey
The great abbey of Dunfermline was founded in the 11th century by Queen Margaret and the foundations of the original building lie under the stunning 12th century Romanesque style nave. The abbey church is also famous as the mausoleum of some of Scotlandís great kings and queens. They include Queen Margaret (later canonised as St Margaret), David I and King Robert Bruce. As such, it occupies an especially important place in the national consciousness. Late on in its history, the abbey cloister became a royal palace. The ill-fated Charles I was born here, in 1600.

Falkland PalaceCuparPalace
The only Royal Palace in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, Falkland Palace is an impressive Renaissance building set in the heart of the town at the foot of the Lomond Hills. Built by James IV and James V between 1450 and 1541 the Palace was a country residence of the Stuart monarchs of Scotland for over 200 years. Lush green lawns, colourful herbaceous borders and many unusual shrubs and trees complete the setting for this memorable property.

Hill of Tarvit Mansion House & GardenCuparHouse and Garden
This fascinating mansion house, built in 1906, reflects the period 1870 - 1920 when Scotland was the industrial workshop of the world. The house was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer as a showcase for a collection of Flemish tapestries, Chinese porcelain and bronzes, French and English furniture, paintings by Raeburn, Ramsay and eminent Dutch artists, all acquired by a Dundee 'jute baron'. Although built as a treasure house, the intimate scale gives Hill of Tarvit all the warmth of a family home. The beautiful gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll, while the more energetic can tackle the walk up to Hill of Tarvit viewpoint.

Inchcolm AbbeyNr AberdourCathedral - Abbey
David I established a priory here which became an abbey in 1235. It is now the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The Augustinian canons settled here in the early 12th century, enjoying the islandís isolation and tranquillity. However, its location in the Firth of Forth also made it a target for English naval raids throughout the wars with England from the 14th to the mid-16th century. The brethren increasingly spent more time ashore in Fife. After the Protestant Reformation of 1560 brought monastic life to an end, the island continued to serve in the defence of the country right up to the Second World War.

Kellie Castle and GardenPittenweemCastle
An ancient, and reputedly haunted, Scottish Castle with enchanting walled garden, woodland and meadow walks, Scottish furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, beautiful painted panelling fine plasterwork ceilings from the 17th century, and an exhibition on the life and work of Scottish Sculptor Hew Lorimer. Extensive views of the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock.

Kirkcaldy Museum & Art GalleryKirkcaldyMuseum
Local history, archaeology, earth and natural sciences, industrial history, decorative arts, costume, ceramics; Scottish paintings since 19th century.

Menstrie CastleMenstrieCastle
Menstrie Castle is a three-storey castellated house that was home to a branch of the Clan MacAlister and was the birthplace of Sir William Alexander, later 1st Earl of Stirling. The property is over 400 years old.

Ravenscraig CastleKirkcaldyCastle
Begun for James II in 1460, the castle consists of two round towers linked by a cross range. The west tower was the residence of James IIís widow, Queen Mary of Gueldres. Limited access.

Scotstarvit TowerCuparHouse
Probably built in the 15th century, and re-modelled between 1550 and 1579. Renowned as the home of Sir John Scot, author of 'Scot of Scotstarvitís Staggering State of the Scots Statesmen'. It is a particularly handsome and well-built tower. External views only.

St Andrews CastleSt AndrewsCastle
On a headland to the north of St Andrews stand the ruins of the cityís castle, the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews Ė the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland. Today, a siege mine and counter-mine can be explored, and the Ďbottle dungeoní viewed. Visitor centre with exhibition. The shop features a range of local products made in Fife.

St Andrews CathedralSt AndrewsCathedral - Abbey
St Andrews Cathedral dominated the history of the medieval church in Scotland from its construction in the 12th century until the Protestant Reformation in 1560. Scotlandís largest and most magnificent medieval church, the cathedral was the seat of Scotlandís leading bishops (and from 1472 archbishops). It occupied a site used for worship since the 8th century AD, when the relics of St Andrew, Scotlandís patron saint, are said to have been brought here. The cathedral buildings are surrounded by a graveyard, and encircled by the most complete and imposing monastic enclosure walls in Scotland. Even in its ruinous state the cathedral remains a prominent landmark, the focus of the three medieval streets of St Andrews, and highly visible from the sea.

St Bridget's Kirk, DalgetyAberdourChurch
The shell of a medieval church, much altered in the 17th century for Protestant worship. On the west end is a burial vault with lairdís loft above, built for the Earl of Dunfermline.

St Mary's Church, KirkheughSt AndrewsChurch
The scanty foundations of a small cruciform church on the edge of the cliff behind the cathedral. It was the earliest collegiate church in Scotland. Destroyed at the Reformation.

West PortSt AndrewsCity Gate
One of the few surviving city gates in Scotland, built in 1589 and renovated in 1843. View exterior only.


 
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British Golf MuseumSt Andrews
Buckhaven MuseumBuckhaven
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Crail PotteriesCrail, Anstruther
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Crawford Arts CentreSt Andrews
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Dunfermline Museum & Small GalleryDunfermline
Dunfermline Tourist Information CentreDunfermline
Fife Folk MuseumCeres
Forth Bridge Tourist Information CentreNorth Queensferry
Forth Bridges ExhibitionNorth Queensferry
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Glentarkie Off-Road DrivingStrathmigio
Inverkeithing MuseumInverkeithing
John McDouall Stuart MuseumKirkcaldy
KartstartKirkcaldy
Kathellan Farm ParkKelty
Kirkcaldy Tourist Information CentreKirkcaldy
Knockhill Racing CircuitDunfermline
Letham GlenLeven
Lochore Meadows Country ParkCrosshill
Lundin Golf ClubLundin Links
Mill Trail Visitor CentreAlva
Newton Hill Country SportsWormit
Ostrich KingdomBirniefield
Pittencrieff House MuseumDunfermline
Praytis Farm ParkLeven
Rankeilour Park & Scottish Deer CentreCupar
Royal Burgh of CulrossCulross
Scotland's LarderUpper Largo
Scotland's Secret BunkerSt Andrews
Scottish Deer CentreCupar
Scottish Fisheries MuseumAnstruther
Scottish Vintage Bus MuseumLathalmond
Sea Life CentreSt Andrews
Silverburn EstateLeven
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St Andrews Botanic GardenSt Andrews
St Andrews MuseumSt Andrews
St Andrews Preservation MuseumSt Andrews
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