One Hundred Thousand Welcomes - The Kingdom Of Fife

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Close proximity to Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth complimented by easy road and rail links to Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness make Fife an idyllic base for visitors intent on exploring the natural beauty of the Scottish nation. The Fife Region is still refeered to in common palance as a Kingdom since it retains boundaries existing from the Pictish tribal era and long before national states of Scotland, England or even Britain came into existence. At that time, the area was known as Fib, one of the seven Pictish Kingdoms.
Around the sixth century, the Gaelic language became popular in many parts of Scotland and where the region became known as Phyffe. In the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, this was anglicised to the current name of Fife.
In terms of demographics, location and politics, Fife is the smallest administrative region within the devolved Scottish Parliament of the United Kingdom and has a population of about 350,000 people. There are no cities in Fife itself but the region lies centrally between the cities of Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth.

Distance From Glenrothes

Miles

Km

St Andrews: The Home Of Golf

23

37

 

Edinburgh: Current Scottish Capital City

33

53

Dundee: The City Of Discovery

24

39

Perth: Diamond Jubilee City 2012

24

39

Stirling: Site of the Battle of Bannockburn

46

74

Glasgow: Largest Scottish City

65

105

Aberdeen: Scottish Oil Capital City

94

151

Inverness: Most Northern City

142

229

 

Dunfermline: Former Scottish Capital

19

31

Kirkcaldy: Birthplace of Adam Smith

7

11

 

Avimore: Scottish Ski Centre

111

178

Berwick: Southern Border of Scotland

94

151

Kirkwall: HQ of the Orkney Isles

288

464

Lerwick: HQ of the Shetland Isles

309

498

Portree: Isle of Skye

214

344

Wick: Home of Caithness Glass

236

380

Stornoway: Major Town In the Hebrides

241

388

John O'Groats: Northern Mainland Point

259

417

 

London: UK Capital City

450

724

Located near the centre of Fife, Glenrothes is the administrative capital of the region. The table on the right offers a rough guide as regards distance from this centre to other locations in Scotland and elsewhere.
All three major towns in Fife are linked by the A92 regional road and which begins initially leading off Junction 3 of the M90 after crossing the Forth Road Bridge when travelling from the South. It's a dual carriageway road until venturing about three miles north of Glenrothes and where it reverts to a regular opposing two lane road ultimately leading across the Tay Bridge to Dundee. The only motorway in Fife is the M90, starting at the Forth Road Bridge then heading directly North towards the City of Perth. Most of the two thousand five hundred miles of roads in Fife are of the conventional two opposing lane type regularly employed throughout the United Kingdom. The main 'East Coast' rail line from Kings Cross in London runs through the centre of Fife and terminates in Aberdeen. The nearest airport is Edinburgh.

Fife is perhaps best known as the 'home of golf' and where this popular sport began on the coastal links of St Andrews. The 'Royal and Ancient' draws many golfers to the University town each year and the seventh oldest golf course in the World, designed by the same people, is nearby at Crail. There are about forty golf courses in the region to choose from and a golf museum and academy!
Naturally if not particularly enamoured by Golf, Fife has many wonderful sightseeing locations, live theatres, museums, cinemas and a variety of entertainment venues to meet a wide range of preferences and interests. Our location makes Fife an ideal base from which to explore a substantial part of Scotland on a day trip basis. Many of these are featured on this web site although we've deliberately ignored many city attractions since these are often well served by other web sites pertaining to these cities. FifeServe is often largely about presentation of new, 'sometimes offbeat' subjects and material rather than mere repetition and often deliberately seeking a different perspective.

Welcome to FifeServe.Com


In this latest issue of FifeServe, I'm still trying to edit and update some of the previous material and realise just how big this web site has become and where expansion of core material should have taken precedence over others. Some degree of pruning is thus necessary and will take place before publication of the next issue. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Editor, FifeServe.Com

It's a region with quite a few hidden gems of its own but where the local residents are blessed with all the benefits of such close proximity to four of Scotland's major cities. It's a major factor offering many choices like live evening entertainment and includes nearby access to airports with International arrivals and destinations, main line rail links and splendid road communication. Fife has a regular ferry services to Europe sailing from the port of Rosyth.
Fife is a penisula reaching out from the heart of Scotland and jutting out into the North Sea with the Tay Estuary to the North and the Firth of Forth to the South. Such close proximity to the sea on three sides tends to mean that our local weather patterns are more moderate and far less extreme than most other parts of the United Kingdom.


 
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