Fife: Where to stay

Lomond Hills Hotel, Freuchie, Cupar

This converted coaching inn is perfectly situated for exploring the Lomond Hills and Cupar. It has a restaurant, leisure centre with pool – and bags of character. Staff can arrange bike hire and horse riding and they’re really knowledgeable about the local area if you need some tips. Freuchie isn’t far from Falkland and both are great for cheeky weekend breaks away from it all.

Price: ££

Where: Lomond Hills Hotel, High Street, Freuchie, Cupar, Fife, KY15 7EY

Tel: 01337 857329


Elie Holiday Park

This holiday park is a lovely spot in the East Neuk. It sits right on the coast, so no matter where your pitch is, you aren’t far from the beach. And there’s plenty to do, whatever the weather. On the site, there’s an adventure park, a bar with entertainment, cafe and takeaway. Go a bit further afield to find cycling and golf. Plus, you’re just outside lovely Elie, where you’ll find cafes, bars and ice cream shops. There’s also Elie Watersports, including inflatable rides that offer thrills a-plenty – if you’re brave enough. Go on, you know you want to go on a six-man inflatable banana!

Price: £

Where: Elie Holiday Park, Shell Bay, Elie, KY9 1HB

Tel: 01333 330 283


The Bank, Anstruther

Why do we love this restaurant and hotel? Well, how about the fact it’s in an old bank (see what they did there?) and is gorgeous? What about superb meals in the lovely restaurant? How about a sun trap of a beer garden with children’s play area? And don’t forget the lovely rooms, either – you might not want to leave. And to cap it all, it’s in beautiful Anstruther!

Price: ££

Where: The Bank, 23 -25 High Street, Anstruther, KY10 3DQ

Tel: 01333 310189


Travelodge, Dunfermline

It’s perfectly-positioned for jaunts across Fife and beyond. There’s no restaurant, though you can order a breakfast box. But it’s within walking distance of Fife Retail Park, which is packed with places to eat. And there’s loads of local information to hand, including takeaway menus. Staff are friendly and on the ball. And the beds are comfy!

Price: £

Where: Travelodge, Halbeath Junction, Kingseat Rd, Dunfermline, 
KY11 8RY 

Tel: 08719 846287


Balbirnie House Hotel, Markinch

Balbirnie House’s many return guests won’t have been surprised when their favourite hotel was deemed to be Scotland’s Hotel of the Year in 2016. That’s no accident. A stay at Balbirnie is a combination of loveliness from start to finish. The hotel is set in its own grounds – it’s not unusual to see happy couples on their big day completing their wedding albums in the beautiful gardens. Public rooms and bedrooms are period style and in keeping with the age of the hotel – but with discreet mod cons here and there for the ultimate in relaxing. We like to think of a weekend here as luxury within reach. It isn’t the cheapest – but it’s a real treat. If you like to watch the pennies, keep an eye out for Balbirnie deals on various websites. While you’re here, make sure you sample the great food on offer. From more economical choices in Balbirnie Bistro through to luxury dining in The Orangery, eating here is special. Oh, and the home-made tablet they serve with coffee is some of the best we’ve ever tasted.

Price: £££

Where: Balbirnie House Hotel, Markinch, KY7 6NE 

Tel: 01592 610066


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