Welcome to Auchtermuchty

Auchtermuchty (which means 'hill of the boars') is my home town in Kingdom of Fife, Scotland. If you want to know a bit more about me - click here. It is in a wonderful location - just 3 miles from Falkland , where the awesome Palace was used by the Stuart Kings and Queens as a Hunting Lodge, and only 8 miles away from the modern town of Glenrothes.

It is around 30 miles north of the Forth Road Bridge, which makes it easy to get to Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, Perth, Dundee and of course St Andrews.

Be sure to check out the pages on Things to do in Fife - to see the variety of things available throughout the Kingdom.

It's within easy reach of all parts of Fife, so you could pop along to Dunfermline and visit the Carnegie Museum, go shopping in Glenrothes, have a round of golf at St Andrews or one of the dozens of other fabulous courses around, or perhaps make a visit to the fishing villages of East Neuk such as Anstruther with its famous Fish and Chip Shop or the working Fishing Village of Pittenweem (home to the Art Festival) would be a must!

View of East Lomond from my house

View from my house

However, back to Auchtermuchty - the majestic East and West Lomonds are seen from around the town, but a walk up to Pitmedden Forest will give you a great view. Looking down to the town from there you'll see the houses, a strange mix of 'old' cottages and modern new homes, yet somehow they go together.

Auchtermuchty Town Hall

Town Hall

A number of local events take place - and one which is a great hit with children is the Annual "Duck Race." held in May each year.

The Start Line at the 2007 Duck Race

Start Line of Duck Race

While you're waiting for rhe start of each race - go and buy yourself a burger or homemade cake or tablet and a nice drink.

But listen out for the 'start' - then go further down the burn to see which duck is the winner!

The Finish Line at the Duck Race (2007)

The Finish Line at Duck RAce

But our fame is also about the Auchtermuchty Festival, which is held each year in August, where people come from all over to participate or watch the activities.

Call in for a meal or drink at The Cycle Tavern - and you'll hear the latest on what's happening. By the way, the Duck Race takes place opposite 'The Cycle'.

The Cycle Tavern

Auchtermuchty - The Cycle Tavern

The first ever Festival was in 1980, and the beginning of the Auchtermuchty Festival Society. This has been so successful that we are now entering our 26th year. Each year has its own theme, which have included "Out of this world" in 1987, "Scottish/Irish Connection" in 1996, "The Full Muchty" in 2000 to name but a few, and lastly "Panto" in 2005 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. In 2007 the theme was "The Wild West".

So if you want a fabulous week and enjoy some Traditional Music, then come along and enjoy the fun.

Other events take place at Victoria Hall, for example, the Theatre group performed "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie."

Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall

Of course most small towns and villages have their own Church, this too can be a focus of local life.

The Church

The Church

Auchtermuchty was home to the great Bandleader, Jimmy Shand, who died in 2000, and there is a bronze statue of him in the town.

Jimmy Shand's Statue

Jimmy Shand Statue

The musical twin brothers, Charlie and Craig Reid, otherwise known as , The Proclaimers , also come from Auchtermuchty. The song they made famous "500 miles" which was used as the Theme song for the film 'Benny and Joon', is one of the most popular songs in Scotland.

The town was used as the location for 'Tannochbrae' in the 1990s TV series Dr Finlay's Casebook.

Tea Room

Auchtermuchty - Tea Room

See also the following pages:-

The Proclaimers - The twin brother singing duo from Auchtermuchty, who made famous the song 'if I could walk 500 miles'.
Jimmy Shand - The famous Band Leader, also from Auchtermuchty. The legend of his music lives on.
Maps and Weather - Find your way around and be prepared for the weather!
Anstruther - Explore this lovely fishing village and treat yourself to some delicious Fish and Chips.
Bridges - See the lovely and even awesome bridges that might be your way into the Enchanting Kingdom for things to see and do in Scotland!
Falkland - Let the enchanting Falkland Palace transport you back a few centuries. Go for a walk up the Lomond Hills and stop for a 'yummy' bit to eat in Falkland.
Glenrothes - Visit this New Town with all its amazing modern sculptures, or pop into the Markinch Highland Games.
Kirkcaldy - The 'Lang Toun', one of the largest towns in Fife.
St. Andrews - The 'Home' of golf, and the oldest University in Scotland, wonderful beaches, and the the history of St Andrew and the saltire.
Pittenweem - Visit this scenic fishing village and home to Pittenweem Arts Festival.
Dunfermline - The ancient capital of Scotland, a modern city, yet bulging with history of Kings and Queens, as well as the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie.

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