If you are visiting Fife, then don’t miss a trip to Kirkcaldy, the largest town in Fife. Sitting on the coast and curving around a sandy cove, Kirkcaldy faces onto the Firth of Forth. It lies centrally nestled between Edinburgh and Dundee and is an excellent base for exploring the delights of Fife; including the local golf courses, charming coastal villages and the many historic attractions the area has on offer.
Visitors to Kirkcaldy can enjoy a mixture of coastline, history, cultural events, leisure facilities and a High Street full of cafes and restaurants; with excellent transport links. Not only that, but you will receive a warm welcome in Kirkcaldy wherever you go with its strong community spirit.
Known as the "Lang Toun" because of its traditional shape, it had one of the longest high streets in the country in the 17th Century. Initially just under a mile, it would eventually stretch to four miles.
Historically, Kirkcaldy’s early role was an important trading port and then as a key industrial hub.
Famous townspeople of the past include the "Father of Modern Economics" Adam Smith, who wrote much of his book "The Wealth of Nations" while staying in his mother’s home. Sir Sandford Fleming, father of "time zones" and the architect Robert Adam also come from Kirkcaldy.
In modern times, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown was brought up in the town, with his father being minister of St Brycedales Church. Painter Jack Vettriano, crime writer Val McDermid and Guy Berryman - the basist for Coldplay - all have links with Kirkcaldy.