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5 Places to Connect With Nature in Fife

12 Jul 2022

Spending time in nature has proven to decrease stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and improve your mood. The peace and quiet will calm your mind and being in the sun will top up your Vitamin D. Time in nature is good for you and in this blog, we have picked out 5 places in Fife where you can go and be with nature and how you can get there by bus.

 

1. Pittencrieff Park

Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline or ‘The Glen’ as it is known by the locals is well known for its resident peacocks.

The park covers over 76 acres and offers children’s play areas, woodland walks, and greenhouses. At this time of the year, the flowers and trees would have started to bud, and the birds and animals will become more active and noisier.

The Laird Garden is where you can see lots of butterflies and bees and when the sun does peek out it can be a great sun trap. There are also a lot of paths and walkways in the park.

A number of different individual trees with a variety of different species are in the park.

To keep the children entertained there are climbing frames, chutes, roundabouts, and swings.

And it’s only a 5-minute walk from Dunfermline Bus Station! 

 

2. St Andrews Botanic Gardens

The St Andrews Botanic Gardens is an 18 acre site that is both stunning and serene. There is a rock garden, pond, pinetum and much more to see and do.

On your walk around the garden, you will be able to see some wildlife. They have red squirrels in the garden and a variety of birds and insects.

They are developing their Tanked Garden where they hope to show off Fife’s best habitats, ranging from woodlands to meadows and dunes.

There are also activities for all the family on offer. Seasonal self-guided family trails around the garden are free with garden entry. There is also a new natural play area with six play structures which include scramble ropes, a plank walk and a climbing tree.

The Botanic bus stop is just outside the gardens!

 

3. Beveridge Park

Beveridge Park is located in the West of Kirkcaldy and dates back to 1892. You can walk around the park and take in the lovely scenery.

You can take a stroll around the beautiful rose and flower gardens and walk around the pond where you can see ducks and swans. There are also plenty of birds, insects and maybe even some tadpoles to see in the park.

There are play areas for children, football pitches, rugby pitches, bowling green and tennis courts in the park.

The park is only a 15-minute walk away from Kirkcaldy Bus Station!

 

4. Pettycur Beach

Pettycur beach is a sandy beach backed by sand dunes located to the west of Kinghorn. It is a great spot for a stunning view of the Firth of Forth. The beach has been awarded a Seaside Beach Award for several years now including the 2018 Keep Scotland Beautiful Beach Award.

When the tide recedes there is a huge sand area and mud flats which go out to the Black Rocks and all the way to Burntisland beach.

The laid back atmosphere and long beach allows you to go for an excellent stroll taking in the sea air and stunning views.

The nearest bus stop to the beach is just a 5-minute walk away from Sandhills Caravan Park bus stop!

  

5. Lochore Meadows Country Park

Lochore Meadows Country Park has over 1,200 acres to explore. There is a beautiful loch at the heart of the park, and you can enjoy walking, bird-watching, cycling, fishing, paddling, or playing in the playpark.

The Meadows boasts a variety of habitats including wildlife meadows, park land and ancient woodlands.

On a nice sunny day, you can go and have a picnic with a lovely view.

The number 19 bus runs past the park entrance so getting there by bus is easy!