Parks and Gardens in the Kingdom of Fife

The Kingdom of Fife has some wonderful Parks and Gardens as well as County Parks. Some are just very pleasant to walk around enjoying the trees, plants and flowers and other wildlife. Some have coffee shops or other shops; and some have plenty of activities to do for all members of the family.

But Parks and Gardens are not everyone's 'cup of tea' - so do check on some of the Sports in the area as well as the Cycling routes. Or have a look at the Historic Buildings or maybe you prefer looking at some of Art Galleries and Museums in the Kingdom. But be sure also to look at the Places to See pages as well as the Maps and Weather to make sure you get your bearings and know what the weather is going to be like before you plan your day(s) out. Of course you may prefer to explore the Visitor Attractions or the glorious award-winning Beaches.

However, here are some of the Parks and Gardens in Fife:

Dunfermline (and surrounding area) has a number of Parks and Gardens which are all worth a visit.

  • Pittencrieff Park - This wonderful park was given to the town of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie. There are delightful woodland walks and you'll see squirrels and peacocks roaming freely. There are lovely greenhouses with wonderful plants which are open all year. For Further information contact +44(0)1383 726 313 or +44(0)1383 739 272. Admission is free.
  • Public Park - The Public park in Dunfermline is open all year . There is a games area including floodlit skate park tennis courts and a children's play areas. Admission is free.
  • Townhill Country Park - Townhill is on the north of Dunfermline (approximately 2 miles). The Park has the Townhill Wood and the Town Loch. There are some delightful walks around the loch, and an new play area. There is also a 'Five-a-side' sports area and tennis courts. It's open all year and admission is free.
  • Kirklands Garden (in the village of Saline, Near Dunfermline) - The village of Saline is a few miles west of Dunfermline. The garden is set in a 20 acre area of woodland. Spring and summer in this garden are just wonderful, with bluebells and various spring bulbs and the most glorious rhododendrons. There is a lovely walled garden, a stream, a bog garden and in the summer the herbaceous borders are just full of colour; there is a great fern collection. You can even buy plants here. The garden is open from April to September during the weekend afternoons, but they can open at other time by arrangement. For details of other opening times and admission costs, call +44(0)1383 852 737.

Entrance to Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline with Statue of Andrew Carnegie
who donated the Park to the town.

Parks and Gardens, entrance to Pittencrieff Park with Andrew Carnegie's Statue

Near Lochgelly

  • Lochore Meadows Country Park - This park has been developed around Loch Ore. It's a wonderful place to have a family day out. As well as the woodlands and the grassy areas, the Park provided facilities such as a beach, fishing, sailing, canoeing, as well as golf and putting, horse riding, adventure playground and of course the delightful walks. There is also a cafe and it is an Outdoor Education Centre. For further details of opening times and costs for using the facilities call +44(0)1592 583 343.


  • Burntisland Links - This area is the grassy area that leads from/to the sandy beach at Burntisland. During the summer months every year (usually from May to August) it is home to the Burntisland Summer Fair and the Burntisland Games are help here every year too. (I have to say this a great experience and well worth a visit). It's one of the biggest 'games' in the area and attracts thousands of visitors..

Kirkcaldy (the town where Prime Minister Gordon Brown was raised) is another town with a couple of Parks and Gardens.

  • Beveridge Park - The attractive gardens in this delightful Victorian Park has a variety of things to offer locals and visitors alike. There is a lovely woodland walk area and the lake is home to ducks and geese. There are other recreational facilities including a children's play area and a Skate Park. This Park got a mention in the Poem "The Boy in The Train" by Mary Campbell Smith. The Park is open all year although some of the facilities are only open in the summer months. For further details, call +44(0)1592 412 690
  • Ravenscraig Park - This park is east of Kirkcaldy between Ravenscraig Castle and Dysart. The views across the Forth are wonderful and there are attractive footpaths along the coast. There are hundreds of beautiful plants in this park.. It is only a short walk down to the delightful unspoiled harbour at Dysart. Admission to the park is free, but the facilities are only open in the summer months.
  • War Memorial Gardens - These delightful gardens are part of the Kirkcaldy Museum, just minutes away from the Railway Station.

Glenrothes & Markinch

  • Riverside Park - Just near the town centre in the 'new' town of Glenrothes (with its dozens of roundabout and modern sculptures dotted everywhere) is Riverside Park. There is the usual play area and the Skate-board ramp, but there is also the lovely woodland walks, the delightful wildlife pond, the arboretum and of course a modern sculpture!
  • Balbirnie Park - This lovely park and woodland is part of the huge Balbirnie Grounds in the town of Markinch, which is right next to Glenrothes. There is an archaeological site which apparently dates back to 2900 B.C. The glorious Balbirnie Hotel (a 19th Century Mansion) stands in the grounds and is a favourite place for weddings. As well as a camping and caravan park there is also a delightful craft area, where you can get beautiful hand-crafted products such as jewellery. There is also an 18 hole Golf Course available. The park is open all year.

Glenrothes Town Park

Parks and Gardens - Glenrothes Town Park


  • Silverburn Estate - This natural haven for wildlife is on the east side of Leven. It's right near the beach and the two main Leven golf courses. It's a wonderfully peaceful area and has a large garden (walled) and of course the mature wooded area.

Craigtown Park, Nr St Andrews

Parks and Gardens - Craigtown Park, Nr St Andrews

Near St Andrews - Once again there are a few parks and gardens in this part of the Kingdom.

  • St Andrews Botanic Gardens - The beautiful Botanic Gardens at St Andrews is recognised internationally as displaying an amazing range of rare and exquisite plants. It open for longer hours in the summer than the winter, but for details of opening times and charges call +44(0)1334 476 452.
  • Craigtoun Country Park - The stunningly beautiful location is a wonderful place to take the family for a day out. There are a large number of facilities available such as the wee train, boats, crazy golf and putting as well as a new play area and trampoline. For details of entry times and charges, call +44(0)1334 473 666.
  • Cambo Gardens - These gardens are particularly famous as growers of snowdrops as well as many other glorious displays of flowers and plants. There is a wonderful 'secret garden' which is just so romantic which has been created around Cambo Burn (stream). You'll find delightful willows, waterfall and lovely wrought-iron bridges.
I am sure there are probably other parks and gardens that I may have missed, but I hope that this will encourage you to spend an hour or two enjoying these wonderful facilities.

If you've enjoyed this page on Parks and Gardens please see also the following pages:

Places to see - Have a look at some of the lovely places you might want to visit in the Kingdom of Fife.
Sports in Fife - I think you will be surprised at how many sporting activities there are in the Kingdom of Fife!
Cycling Routes - Go for a cycling around some of Fife's dedicated cycle routes
Historic Buildings - Discover some of Fife's treasures in these historic buildings.
Fife Beaches - Discover some of the award-winning beaches in Fife.
Visitor Attractions - Do make time to look at some of the Visitor Attractions in the area.
Art Galleries and Museums - Plan to visit some of these wonderful Art Galleries and Museums.

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