Destination guide

Fife holiday rentals fit for monarchs

Fife has an air of elegance about it, perhaps because it was home to Scottish monarchs for centuries. It's sandwiched between the Firths of Tay and Forth in the lowlands, and is packed with character, from ancient castles overlooking lochs to stately National Trust homes. Though you could opt for one of the hotels, nothing beats staying in your own Fife holiday rental. They come in all shapes and sizes, from terraced houses to rural retreats to coastal cottages. It doesn't matter if Scotland's famously fickle weather takes a turn for the worse, you'll always find something fascinating to see or do in Fife.


Fife's fascinating history can be seen everywhere you go

There's some fascinating history to discover near your Fife holiday rental, which can be seen in the ruins of medieval castles, ancient stone churches and elegant Georgian houses. History buffs should visit the museums, like the Scottish Fisheries Museum, which looks back at Fife's fishing heritage, or the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, which tells the story of the famous philanthropist who fled to America to make his fortune, then returned to Scotland in later life. If you've got an interest in golf, you're in the right place – Fife is the home of the historic sport and there are more than 40 courses to choose from, including Saint Andrews Links, the world's most famous.


Sightseeing in and around Fife

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Fife a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Muirfield Golf Course (17.4 mi / 28 km)
  • Our Dynamic Earth (19.3 mi / 31.1 km)
  • Royal Commonwealth Pool (20.1 mi / 32.3 km)
  • Edinburgh Zoo (20.6 mi / 33.2 km)
  • Eden Mill St Andrews (12.9 mi / 20.7 km)
  • St. Andrews Links (14.5 mi / 23.3 km)
Outdoor activities

Hiking, biking and riding near your Fife holiday let

There are outdoor adventures for all ages near your Fife holiday rental. If you're bringing the kids, you could hire bikes and go for a ride – there are 350 miles of dedicated routes to choose from. Alternatively, you could saddle up to go galloping along the long stretches of beach or the forested trails – there are plenty of stables where you can learn to ride, if you've never been on horseback before. If you've scored a vacation rental along the coast, you can indulge in some water sports, like sea kayaking or kitesurfing. Then there's the walking, which varies from coastal paths to routes around the glistening lochs.


Seasonal weather averages in Fife

If you're planning a holiday around the weather, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 19°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Fife

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Fife. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Arthur's Seat (19.3 mi / 31.1 km)
  • Princes Street Gardens (19.4 mi / 31.2 km)
  • Royal Botanic Garden (18.6 mi / 29.9 km)
  • Calton Hill (19.1 mi / 30.7 km)
  • Holyrood Park (19.9 mi / 32 km)
  • Leven Beach (5.6 mi / 9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Fife

The nearest airport is in Dundee (DND), located 16 mi (25.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Edinburgh (EDI), which is 21.5 mi (34.6 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Markinch Station, Ladybank Station and Glenrothes with Thornton Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Getting around Fife on a budget or in style

Getting into the major towns in Fife is a breeze from the capital on one of the daily train services. Exploring the area is easy, via the network of Stagecoach bus routes, which stretches from Dunfermline to the coast. Taxis are inexpensive for short hops. However, if you truly want to get to know Fife, driving is probably your best bet. You'll have the freedom to travel at your own pace and many of the holiday rentals have free parking spots. If you don't have your own wheels, you could even splurge on renting a vintage classic car and see Fife in style.

Food & drink 

Prized produce makes it onto Fife's menus

Fife is blessed with some of the finest quality produce in Scotland – hardly surprising, with its position on the sea and its rolling farmland. It doesn't matter whether you're into fine dining or humble pub fare, you'll always find lip-smacking dishes on the menu. Ground zero for foodies are the bustling farmers' markets, where you can stock up on organic ingredients or artisanal products, like Scottish cheeses and smoked fish, to take back to your Fife holiday let for supper. Then there are the breweries and distilleries, where you can take guided tours to learn about the production of whiskies and craft beers, before tasting them.

How many holiday rentals are available around Fife?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,697 holiday lettings around Fife. From 444 cottages to 254 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Fife?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Fife. From travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Saint Andrews: 595 holiday homes
  • Anstruther: 481 holiday homes
  • Cupar: 723 holiday homes
  • Leven: 633 holiday homes
  • Saint Monans: 454 holiday homes offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Fife! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Fife?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Fife with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Saint Andrews: 595 holiday lettings
  • Anstruther: 481 holiday lettings
  • Cupar: 723 holiday lettings
  • Leven: 633 holiday lettings
  • Dunfermline: 2,003 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Fife?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Fife are:

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI): 2,111 self catering accommodations
  • Perth Scone Airport (PSL): 446 self catering accommodations
  • Dundee Airport (DND): 614 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Fife? offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Fife. From travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Elie Beach: 737 holiday rentals
  • University of St. Andrews: 655 holiday rentals
  • St. Andrews Leuchars Station: 684 holiday rentals
  • West Sands: 662 holiday rentals
  • Aberdour Castle: 2,187 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fife listed on where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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