Thane of Fife Wildlife & Heritage Tours

Thane of Fife Wildlife & Heritage Tours

Why come to Fife?

People have lived in the Kingdom of Fife for at least the last 7000 years. They have farmed the land, fished from its coast and dug for its plentiful coal, in doing so they have shaped the land and been shaped by it. Although most Fifers live in the large towns of Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Glenrothes, the Kingdom is largely rural, and even urban areas are well served by open spaces and parkland. It is a proud boast that for visitors and residents alike, you are never more than a 10 minute drive from the countryside. There are National Nature Reserves at Tentsmuir and the Isle of May. The RSPB has a nature reserve at Vane Farm reserve at Loch Leven. We are fortunate to have some of the most stunning coastal areas to enjoy: our many ‘Blue Flag’ beaches, views across the Forth and Tay rivers, and historic fishing villages or salt-burghs. The Kingdom is rightly famed for its historic towns such as Culross, Dunfermline, Falkland and St Andrews, but the visitor can be assured that there are many equally picturesque and historic communities across Fife. A genuine pleasure for any visitor is to simply explore the Kingdom.
The interplay between the Kingdom’s natural environment and its long and diverse heritage affords the visitor an unique range of experiences and pleasures. Equally, as Fife is reasonably self-contained, a visitor can easily combine wildlife and heritage experiences. For example, a walk along the coastal path from Dysart to West Weymss offers a visitor opportunities to learn about salt making, observe how architectural features such as ‘crow-step’ gables and ‘pantiles’ are evidence of the Kingdom’s trading and cultural links with the low countries, see evidence of the area’s mining heritage, in the spring enjoy a walk through woodland teeming with bluebells, watch for seabirds and dolphins, admire the courage of a group of fishermen who lost their lives trying to save their community from a mine during WWII, and finally see the castle where Mary Queen of Scots first met Lord Darnley.

Thane of Fife Wildlife & Heritage Tours

Ken Foster

During 2014, Ken studied HNC Travel and Tourism at Fife College. He won an Adam Smith Foundation Tullis Russell scholarship, which allowed him to form Thane of Fife Wildlife and Heritage Tours Details


The view from the old Seafield Harbour which was the first concrete structure erected in Britain after the Romans left - they’d have made a better job! - towards the historic island of Inchkeith. A story goes that James IV sent two children to be raised by a mute woman alone on the island of Inchkeith, to determine if language was learned or innate. Details

The East Neuk

A view from Ruddon’s Point to Earlsferry and Elie. Fife’s coastline is a jewel in its crown and can be enjoyed by walking almost 160 miles coastal path between salt-burghs and fishing villages. Every local and visitor has their favourite village. Come visit us and discover yours. Details