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For those who are visiting the area, you'll find the Kingdom of Fife a truly enchanting place to explore. It is relaxing and unspoiled, and of course in my opinion we have the mildest and sunniest climate in the land. Check out the weather . There are all year round attractions for the whole family and wonderful treasures such as Falkland Palace , fishing villages such Anstruther where you can stop of for the famous Fish and Chips, or the working village of Pittenweem (which has an equally good Chip Shop. You might want to explore the ancient capital of Dunfermline or look at the amazing modern sculptures in the new town of Glenrothes, and of course you can't come to the Kingdom whether by car or cycling in Fife, without a visit to the wonderful town of St Andrews, internationally accepted as the Home of Golf. You may not be interested in cycling at all so check out some of the other Sports in Fife, especially Golf at St Andrews; or have a look at some of the treasures in the Historic Buildings or the many Art Galleries and Museums or some of the beautiful Parks and Gardens in the Kingdom. Of course there also some superb Visitors Attractions, or even some of the glorious award-winning beaches. However, back to cycling in Fife, I've included a list of recognised routes which I hope will help you when cycling in Fife. The kingdom has such a comprehensive network of cycle routes, and to its credit, you often see families out cycling at the weekend.
Routes for Cycling in Fife
This major 'cycling in Fife' route is 109 miles in total and is both 'on' and 'off' road. It's suitable for adults and older children. This route might be be tough for some folk. The Kingdom Route North takes you through the west and north of Fife from the Forth Road Bridge right up to the Tay Road. You'll cycle through Fife’s beautiful, gentle landscape passing through the former mining towns of south west Fife, through the Cleish Hills, and later via the villages the farms of the Howe of Fife until you get to the harbours of the River Tay.
West Fife Cycle Way
This route is 8 miles in total and is all often 'off' road but if you want to explore a bit more it also joins the three circular routes in West Fife. It's is pretty flat route and therefore suitable for adults and also younger children. Details of this Route are in the West Fife Cycle Route Map. The maps can be obtained at any Tourist Information Centre. The route begins in Dunfermline, birthplace of Andrew Carnegie (as well as Barbara Dickson). It will take you along a section of the former Dunfermline to Alloa railway. This route is all "off" road but if you want to explore a bit more , it also connects with the three circular routes in West Fife. When cycling in Fife, you can obviously take the route in either direction but these guidelines take you from east to west.
Kingdom Route South
This cycling in Fife route takes you through the east and south of Fife once again between the Tay Bridge and the Forth. From the Firth of Tay and the wonderful forest at Tentsmuir ( a great place for walking by the way) you’ll cycle past St Andrews, the internationally renowned 'HOME' of golf and home to Scotland's oldest university, and the famous beach where the film 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed. The route takes you back through the farmland of the Howe of Fife. passing via the towns of the south of the kingdom, down to the shores of the delightful Firth of Forth.
Culross - Cairneyhill - Torry Bay
This 'cycling in Fife'route is 13.5 miles in total and is both "on" and "off" road. There are some hilly bits to it so it is more suitable for adults and older children. It might be a bit tough for younger children. Start the route at the delightful picturesque village of Culross. Cycle along the coast near Torry Bay, a local nature reserve, which is a great spot to watch the birds enjoy wee break. Part of the route joins with the West Fife Cycle Way offering you some more "off" road cycling on the former Dunfermline to Alloa railway. Of course you can also do this route in either direction cycle this route in either directions.
Cairneyhill - Crossford - Crombie
This route is 9 miles in total. Once again because there are a few hilly parts to it, younger children might find it tough, but it's perfectly suuitable for Adults and older children who enjoy cycling in Fife.
Begins in the village of Cairneyhill cycling through Crossford, which is just a few miles from Dunfermline. You can make a detour to visit the gorgeous village and delightful harbour of Charlestown. Part of the route takes you along the off road West Fife Cycle Way which follows the former Dunfermline to Alloa railway.
Dunfermline - Charlestown - Limekilns
This route is 11 miles in total and is both "on" and "off" road. The route is petty flat and is therefore quite suitable for younger children as well as older children and adults. Start in Dunfermline and cycle along a section of the "off" road West Fife Cycle Way on the former Dunfermline to Alloa railway. You’ll pass gentle farmland and villages such as Charlestown, Scotland’s first planned, industrial village which integrated houses and workplaces, and Limekilns, with its harbour of Bruce Haven. .
Ladybank - Auchtermuchty - Falkland
This route is 15.5 miles and is "on" and "off" road. There are some hilly parts which younger children might find hard but again it is perfectly suitable for older children and Adults.
Start at the Ladybank in Howe of Fife. This route will take you past villages and towns including my home of Auchtermuchty. Do give yourself some you time to stop off at the picturesque village of Falkland with its amazing palace dominating the village and with its strong connections with the Scottish royal family.
Cupar - Freuchie - Chance Inn
This cycling in Fife'route is 22 miles in total and is again both "on" and "off" road. It's another one of those routes that has some hilly parts which younger children might find a bit hard, but it's perfectly suitable for older children and adults.
Start in the market town of Cupar, the seat of the Macduffs, thanes or earls of Fife, and you can cycle through the of Howe of Fife. It takes in several towns and villages including Ladybank, Kingskettle, Freuchie and the very small hamlet of Chance Inn.
Newburgh - Auchtermuchty - Pitmedden
This 'cycling in Fife' route is 17.7 miles in total and is once again both "on" and "off" road. There are some hilly stretches. Like many of the other routes there are some hilly parts, so it could be hard for younger children but is perfectly suitable for older childre as well as adults and older children.
Start in Newburgh, on the Firth of Tay and cycle past both gentle farmland and wonderful forest in the Howe of Fife. It includes my home town of Auchtermuchty, home to The Proclaimers and the late Jimmy Shand, as well as being the setting for the TV drama Doctor Finlay’s Casebook and a good place to stop and rest. You’ll also cycle through Pitmedden Forest where you can enjoy some off road cycling on the forest routes.
Ports of Tay
This slightly longer 'cycling in Fife' route is 29.5 miles in total (47.5 km). The route is mostly off road due to some route improvements. It would be suitable for adults accompanying children although one section to look out for is crossing the road (A914) between Guardbridge and Leuchars. Younger children might find it a wee bit tough, as are some hilly parts to the route.
Start at Tayport, the most northern town in Fife. You’ll cycle past gentle farmland and the coastal area of Fife passing the villages and towns along the Firth of Tay. The route also takes you through Tentsmuir Forest where off road cycling routes allow you to explore the forest.You can cycle this route in either direction but we suggest you follow the guidelines below.
Ceres - St Andrews - Pitscottie
This route is 19.5 miles (31 km) in distance. It is on and off road and is suitable for adults with older children. It is a hilly route and might be tough for some.
Start in the lovely village of Ceres. Before you set off, take a wee while to visit Fife Folk Museum and learn how the people use to live off the land in these parts. The route takes you through the Howe and on towards the coast at St Andrews, which as I mentioned earlier is famous for being the 'home' of golf and Scotland’s oldest university. Stop here for a bit and explore the many attractions form the beach to Castle, Cathedral, museums and Sea Life Centre and Botanic Gardens.
Elie - Kilconquhar - Largoward
This route is 19 miles long and is once again a mixture of both "on" and "off" road. TIt is one of those routes which could be tough for younger children as there are some hilly parts, but it is perfectly suitable for older children as well as adults.
Start in the delightful village of Elie which united with its neighbour, Earlsferry, in 1929 to form one burgh. Cycle on through both these villages continuing to pass the gentle farmland towards the quaint village of Kilconquhar and also stop to take in the view at Largoward.
Anstruther - Pittenweem - Kellie
This route is 19 miles in total and is once again is both "on" and "off" road. Again, it cn be a bit hilly at times so younger children might find it a wee bit tough, but it's perfectly suitable for older children and adults.
Begin in Anstruther the largest of the East Neuk fishing communities and home to the Scottish Fisheries Museum. It takes you inland, past the farmland of the East Neuk, and past Kellie Castle which, with its gardens is cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.( well worth a visit). Leave yourself some time and take a a wee detour into the lovely fishing village of Pittenweem and explore the hilly wynds and closes between its fisher houses.
Crail - Wormiston - Kippo
This relatively short 'cycling in Fife'route is 12 miles in total and is "on" and "off" road". Like many of these routes, there are some hilly stretches, so again some younger children might find it a bit tough, but it's perfectly suitable for older children and adults and older children.
Start in the lovely village of Crail, (the most painted and photographed of all the fishing towns), and cycle inland through the farmland of the East Neuk; then back to the coast you can visit Fife Ness, the most easterly point in Fife, before returning to Crail’s historic streets and harbour, or maybe that well earned cuppa with shortbread or homemade scones.
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If you've enjoyed reading Cycling in Fife, see also the following:
Golf in Fife - A quick look at all the golf courses in Fife and look at where you might want to go for your Golf Souvenir. St Andrews - explore St Andrews, Home of Golf. Sports in Fife - I think you will be surprised at how many sports are available in Fife/ Historic Buildings - Discover some of the wonderful treasures in these great historic buildings in Fife. Parks and Gardens - Take some time out to enjoy the delightful parks and gardens throughout the area. Visitor Attractions - Do make time to visit some of these around the area. Fife Beaches - Discover some of the award-winning beaches in Fife. Museums and Art Galleries - there is so much to see and learn from a visit to these Art Galleries and Museums
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