Glenrothes is Fife's newest town, planned in the 1940s to house local miners. With the technology boom in the second half of the 20th century, the town became the home of 'Silicon Glen', an important centre for manufacturing electronic goods. Today, the town is a vibrant place, unique in Fife for its relatively young age, with an expansive indoor shopping centre, parks, and well-loved civic art.
Glenrothes is known for its public art, which includes a group of giant iris flowers, a dinosaur, toadstools, a horse and chariot, and many others in prominent locations around the town. "Rothes Remembered", one such sculpture, depicts a miner, a gardener, and a gamekeeper, and is found within Rothes Halls itself.
The town centre is focused on the large Kingdom Shopping Centre, which adjoins Rothes Halls. Offering a large number of both brand-name and independent retailers, the centre is an ideal shopping destination for your stay in Glenrothes.
Riverside Park is a popular green space in the heart of the town. Woodlands, water features, play parks, gardens and modern sculptures are spread through its vast open space, offering the perfect place to get away from the bustle of the town center. Weather permitting, the park is a great place to spend a relaxing day.
Balbirnie Golf Club offers a challenge to golfers, with a superb course set in some of Fife's best parkland.
Where to stay
- The Best Western Balgeddie House Hotel offers high quality rooms and dining, together with its own health and wellbeing centre.
- For comfortable rooms at an affordable price, the Holiday Inn Express Glenrothes is the ideal choice.
- The Balbirnie House Hotel, on the outskirts of the town, is an understated luxury destination with sumptuous rooms.
- Located to the south of the town centre, the Premier Inn Glenrothes is a comfortable popular budget hotel.
For more accommodation options in Glenrothes, visit the VisitScotland website.
Where to eat
As well as our own theatre café/bar, Glenrothes has a number of high-quality restaurants to help you make your theatre trip even more special.
- The Fettykill Fox is a charming rural country pub and restaurant not far from the town centre, with seasonal pub food and a range of ales.