Top Picks for Winter Activities

February 15, 2019

It may be cold, but if you wrap up warm there is plenty to see and do in the Kingdom of Fife this Winter. Crisp, clear days are perfect for exploring the region, but there are just as many indoor activities suited for the very cold, wintry days.

Fife was used a lot as a filming location for the famous series ‘Outlander’ based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon. Much of the story takes place in the 18th century Highlands of Scotland with many scenes shot in Fife. Falkland, Culross and Limekilns are all towns worth visiting if you are a fan of Outlander as well as the castles of Aberdour and Balgonie – all beautiful in winter time.

Fife’s towns and villages may be small but are full of character and visitors can discover most of them on foot. There is nothing quite as exhilarating as facing the elements on the Fife Coastal Path, but you are rewarded with spectacular views and places to stop and grab a hot drink and a bite to eat in the quaint fishing villages of Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans, and Elie. On a different day, head up the Lomonds for more spectacular views. West Lomond is Fife’s highest point and you’ll enjoy incredible views from the top.

The Scottish Deer Centre located in the Bow of Fife, Cupar is open daily between 10am and 4:30pm between September and June. Set in the Fife countryside, covering over 55 acres their collection includes 13 species of Deer from around the world, Fife’s only Wolf pack, Otters and other rare Scottish species including the Wildcat. Daily tours, although less frequently continue throughout the Winter months.

Snowdrop Festival at Cambo House

If you arrive early at Cambo House, Kingsbarns you can beat the crowds at the Scottish Snowdrop Festival. Thousands of snowdrops carpet the woodlands where you can enjoy a walk at your own leisure or join one of the guided tours. Open between 10am and 5pm daily.

A distillery tour is the perfect way to warm up on a wintry day. Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre or Eden Mill are two of the closest and offer tours for all levels of interest throughout the winter months. You can also try your hand at distilling your own recipes. At Kingsbarns, Darnley’s Gin Tours take in the newly refurbished Gin Distillery, enabling visitors to enjoy whisky and gin tours on the same site. It’s worth exploring the timings in February first.

For golf enthusiasts, when it’s a little cold or wet to get out on the greens, the British Golf Museum located just yards from the Old Course in St Andrews is an opportunity to discover more about the history of the sport. From the 16th century to the present day, the whole history of the game is explored under one roof and cleverly brought to life with hands on activities and interactive exhibitions. Open 10am till 4pm throughout the winter.

Scotland’s Secret Bunker located in Troywood, around 6 miles from St Andrews is another attraction worthy of a visit. The relic left over from the cold war conflict is 100ft underground with the entrance hidden in an unsuspecting farm house. RAF Troywood is an “R3” style ROTOR bunker built by the RAF in 1953 in response to the threat of nuclear war with the USSR. The Bunker re-opens on 1st March and welcomes visitors between 10am and 5pm daily.

Not too many visitors to the region know that Fife is also home to one of the oldest professional ice hockey clubs in the UK established in 1938. The Fife Flyers play their home games at Fife Ice Arena in Kirkcaldy. The team play most weekends and have occasional mid-week fixtures. Explore upcoming fixtures here.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay, take advantage of special rates to enjoy a winter or spring break at Rufflets. Our Sparkling Spring Offer starts from just £179 per room including a glass of prosecco and mini afternoon tea upon arrival, dinner at Seasons Restaurant, overnight accommodation, and full Scottish breakfast. If you prefer the flexibility of self-catering accommodation, mid-week rates in our three private lodges start from just £70 per night. To check availability or to make a booking, just call one of our team on: 01334 472594.

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