Kirkcaldy is a town in Fife, Scotland. Known as “The Langtoun”, Kirkcaldy is the UK’s premier centre for linoleum manufacturing and as home to Raith Rovers Football Club. The population is some 50,000.
Popular attractions include the Adam Smith Theatre, named after the economist who was born in the town, the museum and art gallery (featuring an extensive collection of Wemyss Ware and works by the Scottish Colourists, as well as two originals by Jack Vettriano).
The nearest airport to Kirkcaldy is Edinburgh International Airport (EDI), situated 26 miles/42 km from Kirkcaldy. Also sometimes known as “Turnhouse”, Edinburgh Airport offers a wide range of domestic and international flights to destinations throughout the UK, Europe and North America.
Kirkcaldy is on the main Aberdeen to London and Penzance lines, so travel north and south is very easy ScotRail, National Express East Coast and CrossCountry all call here, travel time to Edinburgh is roughly 35 – 45 minutes and trains are at least every 25 minutes during the day. The bus station is about half a mile from the train station and the main operator, Stagecoach, offers frequent services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and other major centres.
The main arterial road, the A92, links to the M90 to the west, and takes travellers north to Glenrothes and Dundee.
Places of interest nearby include: Culross, ‘the village that stood still’, where 16th and 17th century cottages have been restored and occupied. Also here is Culross Palace and Culross Abbey.
Dunfermline is close to the west, and to the east, the famous ‘East Neuk’ of Fife is to be found, with its many attractive fishing villages such as Pittenweem, Cellardyke, Anstruther and Largo.
- Beveridge park – is worth a visit. Relaxing surroundings including a lake with swans where rowing boat facilities are available in the warmer months.
- Dunnikier Park, to the North of the town, has a fine municipal golf course.
- Ravenscraig Park affords magnificent sea walks and fine views of the historic Ravenscraig Castle.
- In spring of each year, a large travelling fair, known as the Links Market, visits the town for a week, occupying a mile long stretch of the town’s esplanade. It is the largest travelling fair of its kind in Europe.
- The Art Gallery, in the War Memorial Gardens, contains a fine display of Scottish Colourists’ work, and is the only municipally owned gallery in the UK to own and display Vettriano originals.
- The Museum contains a display of the town’s industrial heritage, including a large collection of Wemyss Ware which was made in one of the town’s (now closed) potteries.
- There are several clubs and ‘trendy’ bars in the town.
- Adam Smith Theatre is close to the train station.
- Visit the Ice Rink, either to see Fife Flyers (Scotland’s premier Ice Hockey team) or to skate.
The town is a popular day destination for shoppers, and its mile long high street and two indoor shopping centres contain a good mix of local and chain stores. Most major chain stores are represented, but there are fewer independent shops. Car parking is excellent, and inexpensive.
The Mercat Shopping Centre is larger than the nearby Postings Shopping Centre. The High Street is about 3/4 mile long and is mainly pedestrianised.
- Rejects, St Clair Street, is a huge department store specialising in seconds and home furnishings etc.
- Sculpture Gallery at Enid Hutt Gallery, 27 St Clair Street, ☎ 01592 643 227, . editFamily-run gallery. Extensive selection of artwork; from limited edition sculptures and prints to wall mirrors and metal wall sculptures.
The retail park contains the usual humdrum collection of soul-less units – Homebase, Halfords, Comet etc.
- Valente’s Chip Shop, Overton Road is a local curiosity. It is highly rated by locals, and a long queue is often to be seen in these premises as people queue up for their ‘fish suppers’. Slow as all orders other than fish and chip have to be ordered when entering the shop to as to provide the freshed cooked meals, but well worth a visit.
- Giovanni’s Ristorante, 66a Dunnikier Rd. Highly rated and reasonably priced family run Italian restuarant. Within walking distance (5 -10 mins) of the High Street area. edit
Kirkcaldy boasts 3 nightclubs and a number of bars all situated on or within a few minutes of the High Street.
- The Alpha Bar, Hayfield Road and The Fife Arms, St Clair Street offer up a traditional working class feel.
- The Harbour Bar, High Street. A former CAMRA Scottish pub of the year and U.K. runner-up, it has its own micro brewery and has up to six real ales on tap along with the usual offerings from the multinational giants. edit
Kirkcaldy is close to St Andrews a pretty mediaeval university town, situated next to the sea. St Andrews has the oldest university in Scotland (founded 1410), a ruined cathedral and castle, many golf courses, and is the home of the Royal and Ancient, the ruling body of Golf worldwide. The Open golf championship is held here every five years and when on ST Andrews is exceptionally busy