Top 10 things to do in Fife, Scotland with children

Fife is an absolutely beautiful area of Scotland and one that is easily accessible from both Edinburgh or Glasgow. It is a great place for a family getaway and whether you want to experience the beauty of the countryside or have some good rainy day fun there is plenty to keep you lingering in Fife. Here are our top ten things to do in Fife with children (including lots of rainy day options in blue):

Things to do in Fife: Cairnie’s fruit farm, Cupar, Fife

Cairnie’s Fruit Farm is a brilliant farm that is packed full of fun playthings for children. There are numerous trampolines, go-karts, slides, zip-lines and every summer a massive mega-maze. There is also fruit-picking, a cafe and the farm’s own award-winning jam alongside a number of other products to take home. This is a great day trip and fun for all ages.

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Things to do in Fife: Deep Sea World, North Queensferry, Fife

Directly under the beautiful Forth rail bridge is Deep Sea World – Scotland’s National aquarium – which has over 40 displays and one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks. You can walk through one of the world’s longest underwater tunnels and see everything from seals to giant sand tiger sharks.

Perfect for rainy days.

Things to do in Fife: Run (or walk!) along the beautiful beaches.

Fife has some truly beautiful beaches with long sandy stretches and plenty of opportunities for rockpooling. Some of our favourites were Elie Woodhaven, Kingsbarns and watching the sun go down over West Sands in St Andrews. The Fife Coastal Path is also great for some coastal walking and suitable for all abilities. It really is a wonderful area to breathe in that sea air, kick off your shoes and go running barefoot along the sand.

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Playing on one of Fife’s beautiful beaches

Things to do in Fife: The Secret Bunker, Troywood, Fife

I would have said this isn’t one for smaller children but actually my three year old really enjoyed it. Beneath an innocent farmhouse in the middle of the fields is room after room of secret spaces which is where the whole of the UK would have been governed in the event of nuclear war. Scotland’s Secret Bunker contains a radio station, dormitories, control rooms and cabinet offices – all of which you can wander around in this eery below-ground world. There’s even a cafe you can go to in the original canteen where 200 personnel were served as they secretly worked during the Cold War years.

Perfect for rainy days.

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Things to do in Fife: Muddy Boots farm shop & playground

This is a lovely farm shop which combines great food with a range of fun activities for kids including grass sledging, zorbing and pottery. There is also a brilliant indoor softplay which is lots of fun for younger kids. There’s a fantastic cafe here and look out for the events they have on all year round.

Perfect for rainy days.

Things to do in Fife: The scottish Deer Centre, Cupar, Fife

The Scotish Deer Centre is a lovely place to visit where you get to see numerous types of deer all with a good amount of space for them to run about. Buy some deer food at the entrance and your children can have a go at feeding these beautiful animals as you walk around which is a great experience. You can also see the predators in a section at the end of the park and there is a tree-top walk where you can find out all about red squirrels. There’s an indoor and outdoor play area and go-karts to have a go at along with a sweet little cafe.

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Things to do in Fife: Cluny Clay’s Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Kirkcaldy, Fife

Cluny Clays has lots for all ages from golf through to a large play area. They also have a big indoor play area if the weather takes a turn. They have a great clubhouse serving up tasty food too.

Perfect for rainy days.

Things to do in Fife: Stop off at the Pittenweem Chocolate Company, Pittenweem, Fife

We love this cosy cafe that is very popular and with good reason. It serves up delicious food including soups using cocoa powder, hot paninis and some fantastic cake. Don’t miss the opportunity to have a hot chocolate here too – I can heartily recommend the hazelnut version which is so good. The windowsills are packed with games for kids of all ages so it’s a great retreat.

Perfect for rainy days.

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Things to do in Fife: Explore St Andrews, Fife

We fell in love with this beautiful town with its atmospheric ruined cathedral at one end, waves crashing nearby. West Sands as already mentioned in the beaches section is breathtaking and all in it’s a fantastic place for an explore. St Andrew’s Castle is also fun for kids and has a great visitor’s centre. When the kids are bored of looking at the ruins seek refuge in Jannetta’s Gelataria – an Italian ice cream shopping which has been serving up its delicious creations since 1908.

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St Andrews

Things to do in Fife: Go horse-riding through the beautiful Fife countryside

There are a number of riding schools throughout Fife and this can be a great way to get off the beaten track with kids and really feel the countryside and the land. Riding through the Scottish heather or over deserted beaches can be a wonderful way to truly experience how beautiful this area is.

Have you been to Fife? Do you have any recommendations of what to do here?

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You can also read more about our foodie family weekend to Fife here.

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  • This is great advice. Thank you! We’ve visited Fife regularly in the past years but next year will be our first time with our son (then 3). We’ll definitely check out all these recommendations. 🙂

    • Ah thank you Stefanie. I hope you have a fun trip, we loved Fife so I can see why you’ve been a number of times, we can’t wait to return. Let me know how you get on!

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