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Living and Working in Fife

The Kingdom of Fife is small but beautiful. And it’s a great place to bring up a family. Even if you don’t choose to live here – but, say, do the short commute from Edinburgh instead – you’ll find it an enriching, calming place to come to.

If you do decide to live in Fife, you’ll find that the housing is a lot cheaper and there are many excellent schools. But its semi-rurality is what really sets it apart as a place to live and work. If you’re looking to upgrade your quality of life, while taking on a new professional challenge, then Fife should feature high on your list.

First things first. Yes, Fife is known as the birthplace of golf – with the 600-year-old St Andrews being the most famous of our many world-class courses. But if that’s not your game, you needn’t worry. There’s much more to discover across the region, wherever your leisure interests lie.

For walkers, the Fife Coastal Path is a dream. Stretching 117 miles, from the Forth Estuary in the south to the Tay Estuary in the north, it is home to local wildlife – including grey seals as well as large seabird colonies – as well as many historic sites. There are also the myriad trails in the Lomond Hills Regional Park, where you can find the oddly-shaped Bonnet Stane and take in spectacular views from Fife’s highest hills.

There are forests and woodlands where you can go mountain-biking and horse-riding. And there are lots of great places where you can simply relax, including all three of Scotland's Blue Flag beaches: Elie Ruby Bay, Aberdour Silver Sands and Burntisland.

On a cultural level, there is the Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery where you can see works by famous Scottish artists including William McTaggart, the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists. Go to Dunfermline, meanwhile, and you’ll discover how Andrew Carnegie – at one time the world’s richest man and the pioneer of modern philanthropy – at his Birthplace Museum.

Though relatively remote, Fife is well connected to the rest of the UK. Edinburgh is linked to Fife by the Forth Road Bridge, while you can travel directly by rail to a number of towns and cities across Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. There are also good links to major English towns and cities on the east and west coast.

Find out much more about our beautiful region at www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/kingdom-fife