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want to explore - the country's best-kept beaches, the world home
of golf in St Andrews, the delightful East Neuk fishing villages,
the historic capital of Dunfermline, it's all in the Kingdom of
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30 minutes from Edinburgh, but a world away from the city's grime
Here are some facts about Fife:
The Links Market in Kirkcaldy, Fife, takes place along
the town's Esplanade, at over a mile in length, it is thought
to be Europe's longest street fair that started in 1304, it attracts
around a quarter of a million visitors every year.
The fictional character Macduff, who in Shakespeare's play
kills Macbeth, was the "Thane of Fife".
The Fife town of Falkirk has a name in four different languages:
Egglesbreth in Old English, Falkirk in Scots, La Chapelle de Fayerie
in French, and An Eaglais Bhreach in Gaelic. It is the only place
in Britain for which this is the case.
The region is commonly known as the "Kingdom of Fife" in
Scotland. This comes from the fact that it was one of the Pictish
kingdoms in the Dark Ages.
St Andrews, a city on the east coast of Fife, is known
the world over as the home of golf. People come from all over
the world to play on the golf courses around the city. The most
famous course of these is the "Old Course", which claims to be
the oldest golf course in the world. Golfers have been playing
here for almost 500 years.
The Fife Flyers are the oldest ice hockey club in the UK.
They were founded in 1938 and have won over 60 league titles and
cups over the years.
It's thought that Daniel Defoe was inspired to write Robinson
Crusoe after hearing about Alexander Selkirk. Selkirk was a sailor
from Fife who spent four years as a castaway on an uninhabited
island in the Juan Fernndez archipelago in the South Pacific before
being found and returning safely. In 1966 the island on which
he stayed was renamed 'Robinson Crusoe Island'.
Here are just some places to visit in and around Fife:
NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND
West Green House Culross Fife KY12 8JH
House Heritage Centre
Fife KY12 7NE
Abbey and Palace Dunfermline
Fife KY9 1HG
Fife KY9 1HG
Castle and Garden
Fife KY10 2RF