The Essential Guide to Fife and Angus
Collected by Barry Steven Shelby , AFAR Local Expert
The county of Fife and the northeastern district of Angus are both a short distance from Edinburgh. Fife boasts royal connections and the iconic St Andrews Links, while Angus is home to the up-and-coming city of Dundee, which has recently emerged from its postindustrial strife to become a hub of innovative art and design.
Abbey St, Arbroath DD11 1EG, UK
If Scotland has an equivalent of the Magna Carta or the U.S. Declaration of Independence, it’s the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath—a letter sent by nobles to the pope swearing their independence from England. The document was signed here...
Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee DD1 4XA, UK
An award-winning attraction, Discovery Point tells the story of the Royal Research Ship Discovery, from her beginnings in Dundee to her Antarctic expedition with Captain Robert F. Scott and her subsequent voyages. Here, visitors can step aboard...
152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY, UK
An internationally renowned center for contemporary art, DCA was key to Dundee’s comeback as a cultural hub in northeast Scotland. Set on the harbor, the center features two large-scale gallery spaces, two movie theaters, and a print studio,...
1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ, UK
Dundee is experiencing a renaissance of late, this international center of design being the most recent addition. The first-ever dedicated design museum in Scotland—and the only other V&A museum outside of London—V&A Dundee...
22-26 Exchange St, Dundee DD1 3DL, UK
Located near Dundee’s now-thriving waterfront, the Michelin-starred Castlehill Restaurant serves sophisticated Scottish cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. In the elegant dining room, guests enjoy a seasonally changing menu of...
122-124, Brown St, Dundee DD5 1EN, UK
After opening in 2012, Collinsons quickly became a favorite in the fashionable village of Broughty Ferry, just three miles east of Dundee. Here, high-quality dishes feature seasonal produce and local ingredients. Choose from options like...
484 Perth Rd, Dundee DD2 1LR, UK
A former Scots Baronial mansion, Taypark House was built in 1863 on serene garden grounds. The panoramic views across the Dundee Botanic Garden remain, but now the property also features 14 individually designed rooms, many with exposed stone...
W Sands Rd, St Andrews KY16 9XL, UK
Scotland is the birthplace of golf, and no fairway is more legendary than the Old Course in Fife. Frequent host of the Open Championship, the Old Course at St Andrews is actually the oldest golf course in the world, iconic for its Swilcan Bridge...
Bruce Embankment, St Andrews KY16 9AB, UK
A St Andrews standby for several years, this glass box of a restaurant overlooks the sea, where many of the kitchen’s ingredients are sourced. The menu leans Italian, with dishes like wild mushroom risotto, pumpkin agnolotti, and monkfish...
Old Station Rd, St Andrews KY16 9SP, UK
The doyen of St Andrews hotels, this classic property borders the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, overlooking the famous links and West Sand Beach. Still, you needn’t play golf to appreciate the Old Course Hotel, especially its...
24 E Green, Anstruther KY10 3AA, UK
The coastal town of Anstruther has a few fine eateries, but The Cellar has been a standout since opening in 1982. Current head chef and owner Billy Boyter comes from just up the road in Cellardyke and did his training in Edinburgh’s finest...
East Port, Falkland, Cupar KY15 7DA, UK
Built in 1500 by King James IV as a royal hunting lodge, this Renaissance palace was a favorite residence of Mary Queen of Scots, who took advantage of the vast estate to pursue falconry and play games of tennis on what is now Britain’s...
Collier Row, Peat Inn, Cupar KY15 5LH, UK
Around since the mid-1700s, the Peat Inn has gone from a coaching inn to a pub to a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms. Regardless of its format, however, it’s always offered superior hospitality—a tradition that owners Geoffrey...
St Margaret's Street, Dunfermline KY12 7PE, UK
Founded as a priory by Queen Margaret in the 11th century, Dunfermline was turned into an abbey by David I and later became a royal mausoleum. It’s believed that Robert the Bruce is buried here, along with seven other Scottish kings....
Culross Palace, Culross, Dunfermline KY12 8JH, UK
Culross is Scotland’s most complete example of a 17th-century burgh, featuring white-harled houses, cobbled streets, a hilltop abbey, and an ocher-colored palace. Visitors can wander along the charming streets, once filled with the hustle...
17 Main St, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing KY11 1JG, UK
Across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh, in the town of North Queensferry, the Wee Restaurant has remained a Fife standout for more than a decade. As its name implies, it’s a small spot with just 40 seats, but the close quarters create a...
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