Separated from Scotland‘s capital by the Firth of Forth and surrounded by miles of coastline, Fife rivals the Lothians in beauty, character and – most importantly – eateries. The birthplace of many historic Scottish monarchs, Fife is famed for its golf courses, beaches, market towns and postcard-pretty fishing villages. It also serves up a medley of delicious dishes, from smoked fish to homemade scones. Here are some local cafés and restaurants your tastebuds can’t afford to miss. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.
If you want to experience delicious homemade baking in a unique setting, the Rhynd is the place to go. Located on a single-track road towards Tentsmuir Beach, the Rhynd farmhouse and steading was built over a century ago. What is now the café was still a functioning cattle shed until the late 1990s, and you can still see the cows’ rosettes on the wall! Featuring much of the original stonework, timber and roof, the Rhynd offers a glimpse into local history, setting itself far apart from the popular coffee chains further afield. Find a cosy seat in front of the fireplace and enjoy the Rhynd’s homemade selection of sweet and savoury tarts, pastries and freshly baked loaves.
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
Lover of eclectic furniture, cake and friendly faces? Kitschnbake ticks all of the above. Based in the small town of Newport-on-Tay, Kitschnbake serves up freshly baked treats to suit every sweet-tooth: from delicious breakfast rolls to what may be the best brownies in Fife. If you get there early enough, you might even nab one of the café’s famous oaties, a baked mixture of Scottish porridge oats, apples, berries and jam. With stunning views out across the River Tay, Kitshnbake offers a (mismatched) front row seat looking over to Dundee’s new addition, the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Balgove Steak Barn
Balgove Steak Barn draws in locals and tourists alike with its superbly cooked menu offerings as much as its demeanour. Just off the road into St Andrews, this former sawmill pays homage to its past with walls of potato boxes, earthy ground and communal tables made of local beechwood. Enjoy a steak (aged for no less than 28 days) or burgers and sausages made in the on-site butchery and cooked to order on a wood-fired barbecue, washed down with a great selection of wine, or beer from local brewery Eden Mill. The menus at Balgove Steak Barn change often and are rarely repeated, but they always feature the chef’s mix of fresh and seasonally inspired dishes and cuts. As a casual dining spot, there’s no booking system. If you do have to wait for a table, the adjoining bar is a a great place to while away the minutes.
This cosy, family-run restaurant tucked down a close in the centre of Cupar’s historical town centre features a varied menu, an ever-changing specials board and a pretty courtyard to enjoy on warmer days. The Courtyard serves up delicious yet affordable seafood, game and vegetarian and vegan dishes in a relaxed dining setting. More typical Scottish dishes include a venison hot pot and chicken with Stornoway black pudding, but thanks to the German-born owner and chef, customers can also enjoy Bavarian offerings like jaeger schnitzel and wheat beers. It’s also just a five-minute walk from Cupar train station, making it ideally situated for visitors to the area.
Pillars of Hercules
Established in 1983, Pillars of Hercules is one of the oldest organic farms in Scotland. A mile outside the quaint village of Falkland, Pillars of Hercules is very off the beaten track. Growing its own salads, vegetables and apples and with its own laying hens, the café offers a great selection of vegan and vegetarian food, as well as whole foods, home baked breads, meat, dairy products and gluten-free options.
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