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Fife Autumn Highlights…perfect time to explore the Kingdom

Wed 7 Oct 15

Autumn is a beautiful season and the perfect time to explore and enjoy the Kingdom. It's also still a great time to get wrapped up and enjoy the outdoors. Voted Scotland's number one outdoor destination for the eighth year in a row by Scottish Natural Heritage, it's clear to see why.

The Fife Coastal Path, which stretches over 150km from Kincardine to Tayport, is Scotland's longest coastal walk and listed among the country's Great Trails and Fife also boasts Scotland's only Blue Flag beach, as well as being the Home of Golf.

Here are our top tips if you're visiting at this time of year:

1. Walk across the Forth Road Bridge from North Queensferry to admire the engineering marvel of the Forth Bridge – recently announced as the 6th UNESCO World Heritage Site in Scotland.
2. Enjoy the outdoors from the inside with a visit to the St Andrews Observatory to see the biggest telescope in the UK in action. 2015 is the International Year of Light and tours will be available every Wed night 7-9pm from Oct to Mar. www.observatory.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk
3. If you fancy a wee dram to warm you up, visit Fife's newest distillery and visitor centre at Kingsbarns where there are daily tours and a lovely café. If beer or gin's more your thing, then stop off at Eden Mill brewery in Guardbridge for a tasting tour.
4. For those interested in art, don't miss the Open Studios East Neuk during Oct (10-11 & 17-18). Follow the red balloons and pop in to visit any participating artist you like! www.eastneukopenstudios.org
5. There are some fantastic Halloween events in Fife for both kids and adults including the Halloween Pumpkin Festival at Cairnie Mega Maze and Fright Farm at Muddy Boots. Prepare to be spooked! More info on events at www.welcometoFife.com
6. Explore Tenstmuir Forest on two wheels; it's one of nine Fife mountain bike routes to choose from. It's also a perfect location to spot seals and wildlife. You might even be lucky to spot sea eagles.
7. The dark nights create the perfect atmosphere for a Witchery tour! There's one in St Andrews where you can shriek with fright and scream with laughter as you are regaled with tales of history and folklore!
8. Fife has a fabulous natural larder, award-winning farm shops, cafes and restaurants including 3 Michelin starred – The Cellar, The Peat Inn & Sangsters. If you are still in the mood for alfresco dining, why not enjoy a steak at Balgove Steak Barn near St Andrews or a spot of organic lunch at Pillars of Hercules, Falkland.
9. For outdoor enthusiasts, visit Lochore Meadows - Fife's top free visitor attraction – and get wrapped up to enjoy an active day out. It's the perfect place to enjoy walking, cycling, boating or fishing.
10. If you enjoy sport why not cheer on the Fife Flyers, the oldest professional ice hockey team in the UK. The team has a history of success through the ages, with over 60 Scottish and British cups and titles to their name www.fifeflyers.co.uk
Fife Council through its Welcome to Fife social media channels @welcometofife have just launched their #LoveFifeAutumn campaign to promote all the fantastic things to see and do in Fife during Autumn.

Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council's Depute Leader, said, "It's no surprise that Fife has been voted the best outdoor destination for the last eight years. With so many great things right on our door step Autumn really is the perfect time to get out and explore the Kingdom. We'd love to hear about your favourite things to do, so why not join our #loveFifeAutumn conversation."

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