What springs to mind when you think of Kirkcaldy?
Did you know that it’s the largest town in Fife? It sits on a curve of coastline overlooking the mouth of the Forth estuary and the distant skyline of Edinburgh, and it’s the perfect starting point for exploring the beautiful surrounding area. If you’re new to the area, or if you’re thinking about living in Kirkcaldy and you don’t know where to start, here are my top ten reasons why Kirkcaldy is a great place to live.
1. Kirkcaldy’s location on the Fife coastline
Kirkcaldy is well placed for travelling along the Fife coast in both directions. It’s only a short drive to the famous East Neuk villages of Anstruther, Elie, Crail and Pittenweem in one direction – not to mention the university town of St Andrews – and the beaches of Kinghorn, Burntisland and Aberdour in the other. If you’re feeling energetic why not take a walk along the Fife Coastal Path which runs from the Forth Estuary in the south to the Tay Estuary in the north. Bus, train and and road links are easily accessible for travel to locations further afield or if you’re considering commuting to Edinburgh or Dundee.
2. Harbourmaster’s House, Dysart
To find out more about the history of the Fife Coastal Path, head on down to the Harbourmaster’s House at Dysart on the eastern edge of Ravenscraig Park. The 19th century building was renovated in 2006 and it houses Fife’s first coastal centre, a bistro and community room and is also Fife Coast and Countryside Trust’s headquarters.
3. Adam Smith Theatre
Even if you don’t know much about Kirkcaldy, chances are you know that it’s the birthplace of the famous economist, Adam Smith. The theatre that bears his name is situated in the town centre and is an extremely popular local venue for drama, dance, comedy, music and cinema.
4. Kirkcaldy Museum and Galleries
Situated in the War Memorial building, the Kirkcaldy Galleries opened in 2013 following a major refurbishment project. This vibrant cultural centre boasts a library, local and family history room, a Visit Scotland information centre and Moments in Time exhibition, as well an inspiring collection of Scottish art which includes works by William McTaggart, S J Peploe and Jack Vettriano.
5. Beveridge Park
Fancy a bit of green open space? Covering 104 acres of the Raith Estate and bequeathed to the people of Kirkcaldy in 1892 by Provost Michael Beveridge, the park lies to the west of the city centre, and its notable features include formal gardens, play and sporting facilities and a boating pond, so you’re bound to find something to keep you occupied, however active you are.
6. The Links Market
Taking place each April, the Links Market is reportedly Europe’s longest street fair and it runs almost one milein length along the town’s Esplanade. It’s been on the go since 1304, believe it or not, and has evolved over the centuries to become the popular attraction it is today with numerous fairground rides and sideshows to enjoy.
7. Ravenscraig Castle and Park
Dating back to the 1450s, the ruined Ravenscraig Castle was built by James II and is situated on a headland overlooking the sea on the eastern edge of the town. You can gain access to the castle from Ravenscraig Park, which connects to the Coastal Path and offers woodland walks and children’s play facilities.
8. Fife Ice Arena
Home to the Fife Flyers ice hockey team, this is Fife’s only ice rink where not only can you watch the team in action, but you can participate yourself by trying out ice skating, curling or even ice hockey itself, if you’re feeling brave!
9. Cluny Clays
This particular attraction is based just outside the north of Kirkcaldy, but it’s definitely worth including within the town’s attractions. With numerous activities on offer such as Segway trekking, clay target shooting, golf, archery and air rifle shooting, not to mention the indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
10. Kickstart Kirkcaldy
If you feel the need for speed or you’re planning a corporate get together, Kickstart is one of only two indoor karting circuits in Scotland with a variety of sprint and lap options available for all ages, as well as discounted open track nights if you’re trying out karting for the first time.
What’s your favourite place in Kirkcaldy?
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