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.
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
who donated the Park to the town.
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..
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
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
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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