Destination guide

Fife is perfect for a wee summer getaway

If you're looking for a wee break filled with ancient castles, glistening lochs and more outdoor activities than you can shake your kilt at, consider a visit to the Kingdom of Fife. Scotland may not have the dreamy climes found in Southern Europe, but it packs a serious historical punch, and when you throw in friendly local folks and quaint towns and villages, you've got the makings of an awesome vacation destination. It doesn't matter if you're coming to taste the country's fine whiskies, or to explore the great outdoors. When you stay in a Fife vacation rental, this part of Scotland's got you covered.

Activities

Charming beaches and miles of hiking in Fife

The windswept beaches have a certain rugged charm and if you're going to visit just 1, make it West Sands, just outside the town of St. Andrews, which was used in the 1980s movie Chariots of Fire. Bundle the kids and your furry friends into the car and head down to beach in summer for some fun in the sun. Scotland is the home of golf and the St. Andrews links is one of the oldest in the country, with clubs being swung on the course since the 15th century. Golfing not your bag? Try the 350 miles of cycling routes or the endless hiking trails.

Weather

Summer season sees Fife's best weather

Scotland's not renowned for its balmy climate, but if you score a Fife vacation rental between June and August you'll likely catch the country's best weather. Unsurprisingly, it's Fife's busiest season, with families descending for a little countryside break or to catch one of the packed calendar of festivals and events. You can score some seriously knocked-down prices in winter, other than during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations, but you'll be limited to what you can do, and warm layers are essential while you're knee-deep in snow. For something in between, consider visiting in spring and fall.

Natural features

Circling buzzards and kestrels in Fife

Nature loving newbies to Fife should make a beeline for the Cullaloe Nature Reserve, which is made up of mature conifer woodland, grassy meadows filled with wild flowers and an ancient loch. These differing ecosystems provide habitats for plenty of wildlife, which change dramatically depending on the season. If you point your binoculars to the sky, you might very well catch a glimpse of circling buzzards or kestrels. During the summer, the grasslands and wetlands are filled with colorful butterflies and dragonflies, while the winter is best for waterfowl. If nature's important to your trip, score a Fife vacation rental nearby.

Transport

How to get to and around Fife

The nearest airport is in Dundee (DND), located 16 mi (25.7 km) from the city center. 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.

Where to stay around Fife?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 592 vacation rentals near Fife. From 183 Cottages to 241 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fife for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Fife?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Fife. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Saint Andrews: 567 vacation rentals
  • Elie: 329 vacation rentals
  • Falkland: 100 vacation rentals
  • Kirkcaldy: 1,691 vacation rentals
  • Saint Andrews: 568 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Fife! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Fife?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Fife:

  • Saint Andrews: 567 rentals
  • Elie: 329 rentals
  • Falkland: 100 rentals
  • Kirkcaldy: 1,691 rentals
  • Saint Andrews: 568 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Fife?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Fife are:

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI): 1,970 vacation rentals
  • Dundee Airport (DND): 550 vacation rentals
  • Perth Scone Airport (PSL): 404 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Fife?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Fife. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St. Andrews Links: 637 rentals
  • Glenrothes with Thornton Station: 2,445 rentals
  • Old Course at St Andrews: 631 rentals
  • Markinch Station: 2,450 rentals
  • Aberdour Station: 2,043 rentals

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