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Fife

As you might expect from the ancestral home of Scotland’s monarchs, Fife has a rich heritage and some wonderful historic attractions, as well as a stunning coastline, quiet beautiful countryside and one of the highest concentrations of top class golf courses in Britain.

This small county is packed with a great diversity of landscapes, extending from the Firth of Forth in the south which includes Dunfermline (Scotland’s former capital) and the famous Forth Road and Rail bridges, to St. Andrews and the rural north. All along extends its eastern coastline with pretty bays, dramatic cliffs, Blue Flag sandy beaches and old fishing villages.

St. Andrews is well known for its golf courses and is home to Royal and Ancient Golf Course. But in addition the town, which is Scotland’s oldest university town, has a charming old-world feel and is close to an expansive beach. St Andrews cathedral may be a shadow of its former self, but well worth visiting. You can spend hours exploring the history and admiring the views here.

Exploring to the south of St. Andrews the coastline is dotted with small fishing villages, such as Crail, Anstruther, Pittenween, East Nuek and St. Monans. The Fife Coastal Path extends along this coastline and is perfect for bracing walks and magnificent sea views, where if you’re lucky you might see Grey seals, dolphins and basking sharks. Boat trips are available from Anstruther to the Isle of May where many sea birds nest at certain times of the year.

Of note is Falkland Palace, which was a rather regal holiday home for many Stuart monarchs, including Mary, Queen of Scots. Beautifully maintained, you can explore the palace and gardens at your leisure – including Britain’s oldest tennis court. Also of interest are Kellie Castle and Garden which dates back to the 14th century and contains fascinating interiors and lovely wooded gardens.

For those looking for an active holiday Fife has plenty of activities for all ages from great walking and biking trails to horse riding and clay pigeon shooting to first class water sports.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration of the region take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Fife.
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  • Falkland, near Glenrothes, Fife
    Falkland, near Glenrothes, Fife×

    St Andrews House

    Falkland, near Glenrothes, Fife

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    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Within in a 17th century, B listed building and perfectly located for the picturesque part of Fife. Within in a 17th century, B listed building and perfectly located for the picturesque part of Fife.
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    This cosy, self-catering holiday apartment is part of St Andrew’s House. This B listed building, dating from the 17th century, overlooks the orchards and gardens of Falkland Palace, and was built to house courtiers travelling with the King and Queen when they stayed at the Palace. In the centre of the conservation village of Falkland amongst cobbled streets and old buildings, and is a perfect base from which to explore the rich history and rolling countryside of this picturesque part...

  • Anstruther, Fife
    Anstruther, Fife×

    Holly’s Hideaway

    Anstruther, Fife

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    Ref: UK5078
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    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    This seaside cottage couldn’t be in a better location, with shops, restaurants, pubs, attractions and a sandy beach all within a short walk.
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    Discover this delightful seaside holiday cottage, with breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth from the living room. This terraced fisherman’s cottage is a hidden gem and lies just a few yards from the sandy beach on the west side of town. Anstruther’s working harbour, marina, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are only a few minutes walk; enjoy fish and chips from the award-winning restaurant or sample a scotch in the local pubs. Anstruther is also blessed with its own golf...
  • Upper Largo, Leven, Fife
    Upper Largo, Leven, Fife×

    Kirkside Cottage

    Upper Largo, Leven, Fife

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Nestled beside the village church, this charming, comfortable cottage with an open fire is close to St Andrews and a Sea Life Centre. Nestled beside the village church, this charming, comfortable cottage with an open fire is close to St Andrews and a Sea Life Centre.
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    Just 10 miles from St Andrews, this charming, single-storey holiday cottage is attached to another property on a tiny lane beside the church in picturesque Upper Largo, just minutes’ drive from the beach and golf course. Thoughtfully furnished for comfort and ease, there are views of Largo Law from the small enclosed garden. An ideal base from which to explore the East Neuk of Fife with quaint fishing villages strung along the coast, or easy access to Edinburgh, Dundee or Perth and...

  • Kinglassie near Glenrothes, Fife
    Kinglassie near Glenrothes, Fife×

    Thistle Dhu Lodge

    Kinglassie near Glenrothes, Fife

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    Ref: CC526019
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Beautifully situated amongst glorious countryside, this delightful cottage enjoys a cosy wood burner and enclosed garden.
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    This delightful self-catering holiday cottage is situated in the garden of the owners’ house, yet completely private and set amongst glorious countryside. Very comfortably furnished, this is an ideal base from which to explore all that this area has to offer. Equidistant between, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Perth, and surrounded by miles of hiking trails, cycle paths and dog friendly country parks. The scenic East Neuk with fishing villages and sandy beaches is within easy reach. This is...
  • Auchtermuchty near Cupar, Fife
    Auchtermuchty near Cupar, Fife×

    Bluebell Cottage

    Auchtermuchty near Cupar, Fife

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    Ref: CC526014
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Beautifully renovated cottage in the Royal Burgh of Auchtermuchty with views to the Lomond Hills
     
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    Bluebell Cottage is a beautifully renovated  terrace property located in the Royal Burgh of Auchtermuchty in the Kingdom of Fife, with open views to the Lomond Hills. This charming self catering cottage offers ground floor accommodation and makes a fantastic holiday destination. Each room has been tastefully decorated and furnished. The lounge is warm and welcoming with its wood burning stove. The kitchen diner is fully fitted and well equipped. There is a luxury tiled bathroom and two...
  • Cellardyke, near Anstruther, Fife
    Cellardyke, near Anstruther, Fife×

    Kingfisher Cottage

    Cellardyke, near Anstruther, Fife

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    Ref: 30485
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    Located next to the beach, close to local attractions and within an hour of Edinburgh - great for families and couples. Located next to the beach, close to local attractions and within an hour of Edinburgh - great for families and couples.
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    With spectacular sea views, this traditional terraced fisherman’s cottage, built in 1750, has been lovingly restored by the owners to a very good standard. With steep, narrow stairs and internal stairs throughout (young children and people with mobility problems - take care), this property is full of charm. With contemporary furnishings and a cosy woodburner, this is an ideal holiday property whatever the weather. The enclosed private garden leads to the beach, and has a...

  • St Monans near Anstruther, Fife
    St Monans near Anstruther, Fife×

    Lilac Cottage

    St Monans near Anstruther, Fife

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    Ref: UK5011
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This lovely traditional two bedroomed cottage is situated in the East Neuk of Fife, between the picturesque fishing villages of St Monans and Anstruther.
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    Discover this delightful terraced holiday cottage on the outskirts of St Monans, the smallest of the East Neuk of Fife fishing villages. This quiet charming village situated on a hill overlooking the Firth of Forth has spectacular views across to North Berwick, The Isle of May and Bass Rock. From your front door you can stroll down to the beach just 250 yards away and the village is just ¾ of a mile where you can explore the quaint streets and lanes, historic buildings, an old...
  • Glenrothes, Fife
    Glenrothes, Fife×

    Bishop’s Hill View

    Glenrothes, Fife

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    Ref: 28001
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Elegant, contemporary, first floor apartment, spacious rooms and wonderful views from picture windows and decked terrace. St Andrews easily accessible. Elegant, contemporary, first floor apartment, spacious rooms and wonderful views from picture windows and decked terrace. St Andrews easily accessible.
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    With views of the surrounding landscape from the terrace, which looks towards Bishop’s Hill within Fife Regional Park, this spacious semi-detached holiday property forms a wing of the owner’s home. Centrally located in a peaceful area on the edge of Glenrothes with easy access to St Andrews, 22 miles, and the picturesque villages of the East Neuk, or to Perth and the Trossachs. Furnished and equipped in an elegant, contemporary style with a golf course and Country House...

  • Cellardyke, near Anstruther, Fife
    Cellardyke, near Anstruther, Fife×

    Rockview

    Cellardyke, near Anstruther, Fife

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    Ref: 29527
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    After a busy day exploring the surrounding area, enjoy watching the sunset from the balcony. After a busy day exploring the surrounding area, enjoy watching the sunset from the balcony.
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    With spectacular sea views from the moment you open the door of this ground floor holiday apartment, situated within a terraced row, the light and views are captivating. Contemporary furnishings and the cosy woodburner provide great comfort whatever the weather outside, whilst the wide balcony is perfect for watching the sunset. Originally a grocer’s shop in the fishing village of Cellardyke, there are bars and small shops locally, and Anstruther, ½ mile, has a good range...

  • Blebo by St. Andrews, Fife
    Blebo by St. Andrews, Fife×

    Garden Cottage

    Blebo by St. Andrews, Fife

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    Ref: S4180
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    With a wealth of attractions in every direction and historic St Andrews just 4 miles away you’ll find yourself returning again and again. With a wealth of attractions in every direction and historic St Andrews just 4 miles away you’ll find yourself returning again and again.
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    Enjoying a tranquil setting on a country estate, just 4 miles from historic St Andrews, this stylish and very comfortable Victorian cottage boasts its own enclosed, south facing walled garden. It has lovely views from every window and excellent walking from the doorstep. There are beautiful, unspoilt sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages to explore nearby, many historic houses and gardens within easy reach, and a wealth of superb restaurants and inns locally. Shops and pubs 2

  • St. Fort Wormit near Newport-on-Tay, Fife
    St. Fort Wormit near Newport-on-Tay, Fife×

    Valentines

    St. Fort Wormit near Newport-on-Tay, Fife

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    Ref: CC526038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    St Andrews, Dundee and Cupar are just a short drive away from this property, as are the white sandy beach and dunes of Tentsmuir Country Park.
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    Discover this B Listed Arts and Crafts house designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, one of only two in Scotland. Set in seven acres of glorious Fife countryside and first known as ’Sandford Cottage’, it was built in 1902 for Harben J Valentine, the photographic publisher from Dundee and photographers to Queen Victoria.

    Originally, the house was built with red brick walls and thatched using reeds from the River Tay. As the Valentine’s business grew, another wing...
    Baillie Scott
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    Lady Bluebell
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    The Giddy Limit
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  • Ceres, near St Andrews, Fife
    Ceres, near St Andrews, Fife×

    Castle Cottages - Castle Smiddy

    Ceres, near St Andrews, Fife

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    Ref: 27900
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    This cosy bungalow has woodburner and Tentsmuir Point is nearby, where you can see hundreds of seals basking on sandbars. This cosy bungalow has woodburner and Tentsmuir Point is nearby, where you can see hundreds of seals basking on sandbars.
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    Quietly situated in the charming village of Ceres, 8 miles from the magnificent beaches and championship golf courses at St Andrews, these two holiday cottages, adjacent to each other, have been stylishly converted from a listed building to create a superb holiday base. Ceres has a shop, newsagents, butchers, dog friendly pub, tea room, museum, café and hotel with restaurant and dog friendly bar within 300 yards. Nearby attractions include the Hill of Tarvit Mansion House,...

    Castle Cottages - Castle Dairy
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