Often overlooked, The Kingdom of Fife was one of the most important historical regions in Scotland. The home to living Kings throughout history and the resting place of King Robert the Bruce, Fife really does offer a glimpse into the past through its many castles.
Your hosts will be happy to recommend the best castles to visit in their area
5 miles east of the Forth Bridges. The 13th century fortified residence of Aberdour has a delightful walled garden and terraces with beehive-shaped doocot. Admission charges apply. Historic Scotland.
Falkland Place has been the palace of Kings for generations, some willingly in the case of James IV and V and some not so willingly as with the imprisoned King Robert III. King Robert was held captive at Falkland long before it became the Renaissance building you see today. Now managed by the National Trust for Scotland, Falkland Palace is open all year but you should check opening times as these differ throughout the year.
Located on the banks of the River Leven lies Balgonie Castle, dating back to 1360 it has been home to a number of Scottish families over the last 700 years. As with any castle of this age, it is full of history and even has its own ghost, but, it is more modern events that have thrust this castle into the limelight. Used as a location to film the TV Series 'Outlander', it is now a must see on the Outlander trail. The castle is privately owned and tours are Wednesday - Sunday 12.00pm - 5.00pm. You might be lucky enough to be shown around by the Laird himself.