We want your visit to be as enjoyable as possible. The information in this section will help you plan your visit, with information on where to stay, where to eat, and other local attractions to visit.
Known as the "Lang Toun", or long town, for the length of its high street in medieval times, Kirkcaldy still plays an important role in Central Fife today. The town was the birthplace of Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, whose name lives on in the local Adam Smith College, as well as Adam Smith Theatre itself.
As well as Adam Smith Theatre and newly refurbished Kirkcaldy Galleries, the town contains three public parks, and a major shopping centre, plus a swimming pool, golf courses and a large ice rink.
Kirkcaldy's lively shopping district, also within easy walking distance of the Theatre, boasts a mixture of independent retailers and High Street brands. Its focal point is the Mercat Shopping Centre, which accounts for 30 per cent of the town's shops, forming Fife's largest shopping area.
The annual Links Market, held in April, is reputedly Europe's longest street fair, clocking in at a mile in length. It features many popular fairground rides, and - as Scotland's first fair of the season - often sees the first outing for brand new rides.
Kirkcaldy's two golf courses, Dunnikier and Kirkcaldy Golf Club, are ideal for anyone seeking to play a relaxing day's game. For those seeking a challenge, two Open qualifying courses are also nearby, at Lundin Links and Ladybank. St Andrews, the traditional home of golf, lies less than 20 miles to the north.
Where to stay
Kirkcaldy features a range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets, including:
- A stone's throw from the Adam Smith Theatre, the Beveridge Park Hotel has a reputation for providing comfortable acoommodation and high quality, locally-sourced food
- Set in its own grounds, four miles from the Adam Smith Theatre, the Dean Park Hotel combines country house charm with modern comfort
- The Victoria is a boutique hotel in the heart of Kirkcaldy, offering elegant and comfortable rooms and fine dining
- A friendly guest house in a central location, the Invertiel Bed and Breakfast holds a four-star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board
For more places to stay, visit the VisitScotland tourism website.
Where to eat
As well as our own cafes in Adam Smith Theatre and Kirkcaldy Galleries, Kirkcaldy has a number of high-quality restaurants to help you make your trip even more special.
- One of Fife's top Italian restaurants, Pane E Vino offers a range of freshly-prepared dishes
- Located opposite the Harbour, the Waterfront Restaurant serves fresh local produce in a unique setting
- Red Bar and Kitchen serves a mixture of traditional and new culinary ideas in a contemporary setting
- The Duchess has a vintage glam environement and tasty food
For more information on your stay in Kirkcaldy, visit Kirkcaldy4All.