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Kate’s guidebook

Kate

Kate’s guidebook

City/town information
You can get to Edinburgh in just under an hour. There are several ways to get to Edinburgh, we suggest either driving to Ingliston Park and Ride (near the airport, about 25 mins) and getting the tram (about 25 mins to centre). If you don't want to drive that far, there is a Park and Ride at Halbeath, Dunfermline (7 mins), from where you can get the bus (about 35 mins). We have both lived in Edinburgh for a number of years, and Gary still works there so please ask for more information.
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Edinburgh
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You can get to Edinburgh in just under an hour. There are several ways to get to Edinburgh, we suggest either driving to Ingliston Park and Ride (near the airport, about 25 mins) and getting the tram (about 25 mins to centre). If you don't want to drive that far, there is a Park and Ride at Halbeath, Dunfermline (7 mins), from where you can get the bus (about 35 mins). We have both lived in Edinburgh for a number of years, and Gary still works there so please ask for more information.
if you're going to city centre we suggest driving to Lenzie (about 50 mins), free parking, and getting the train to Glasgow Queen St (11 mins) because of the traffic in Glasgow. However if you're going to visit galleries or attractions on the outskirts you'd be as well to take your car. if you're comfortable with city driving it is probably not an issue, we've just gone soft living the sticks.
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Glasgow
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if you're going to city centre we suggest driving to Lenzie (about 50 mins), free parking, and getting the train to Glasgow Queen St (11 mins) because of the traffic in Glasgow. However if you're going to visit galleries or attractions on the outskirts you'd be as well to take your car. if you're comfortable with city driving it is probably not an issue, we've just gone soft living the sticks.
You can drive to Stirling in about 35 mins. We suggest parking at Forthside car park and walking into the city. Gary grew up there so please ask if you want more info.
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Stirling
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You can drive to Stirling in about 35 mins. We suggest parking at Forthside car park and walking into the city. Gary grew up there so please ask if you want more info.
About a 40 min drive, I always take exit 10, and park on the road at the South Inch (big park you drive through just before Marshall Place). There is also a the South Inch car park on the corner of Marshall Place and Shore Road.
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Perth
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About a 40 min drive, I always take exit 10, and park on the road at the South Inch (big park you drive through just before Marshall Place). There is also a the South Inch car park on the corner of Marshall Place and Shore Road.
Dunfermline is 20 mins away, I usually park at the New Row car park, but there are probably others! You can (at time of writing) park at the Tesco Fire Station for free. Parts of Dunfermline are a bit grubby, but there are some beautiful parts, especially around the Abbey, and Pittencrieff Park. There is also Andrew Carnegies Birthplace. Plenty of shops on the high street. The closest big food shops are here (Tesco in the centre) or Aldis and Asda on Halbeath Road. Closest petrol station to us is Tesco.
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Dunfermline
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Dunfermline is 20 mins away, I usually park at the New Row car park, but there are probably others! You can (at time of writing) park at the Tesco Fire Station for free. Parts of Dunfermline are a bit grubby, but there are some beautiful parts, especially around the Abbey, and Pittencrieff Park. There is also Andrew Carnegies Birthplace. Plenty of shops on the high street. The closest big food shops are here (Tesco in the centre) or Aldis and Asda on Halbeath Road. Closest petrol station to us is Tesco.
8 mins away, this is the closest town for shopping (other than the Saline General Store). There is a Co-op and a few other little shops, a butchers, bakery, post office (in the Co-op) and a pharmacy. There is also a medical centre (Inzievar Medical and Oakley Health Centre).
Oakley
8 mins away, this is the closest town for shopping (other than the Saline General Store). There is a Co-op and a few other little shops, a butchers, bakery, post office (in the Co-op) and a pharmacy. There is also a medical centre (Inzievar Medical and Oakley Health Centre).
Food scene
About 25 mins away by car, near Kinross, lovely cosy reception and a dining room with open views. Beautiful food and lovely service. The reception is particularly nice, an old stone farmhouse style, reminds me of a hunting lodge. The restaurant is like a big conservatory. Don’t miss the three cheese soufflés.
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The Grouse and Claret
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About 25 mins away by car, near Kinross, lovely cosy reception and a dining room with open views. Beautiful food and lovely service. The reception is particularly nice, an old stone farmhouse style, reminds me of a hunting lodge. The restaurant is like a big conservatory. Don’t miss the three cheese soufflés.
About 25 mins away by car, coffeehouse and restaurant, good pizza, burgers and other food, lovely ambience, friendly and lively.
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The Court House Coffee Bar & Restaurant
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About 25 mins away by car, coffeehouse and restaurant, good pizza, burgers and other food, lovely ambience, friendly and lively.
About 25 mins away by car, nice welcoming bar, food and service is consistently excellent.
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The Kirklands Hotel
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About 25 mins away by car, nice welcoming bar, food and service is consistently excellent.
About 25 mins away by car, lovely cafe, the brownies are simply fabulous. Hip and rustic.
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Unorthodox Roasters
129 High St
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About 25 mins away by car, lovely cafe, the brownies are simply fabulous. Hip and rustic.
About 27 mins away by car, lovely cafe, chic interior, very pleasant.
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Heaven Scent Coffee Shop
19 South St
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About 27 mins away by car, lovely cafe, chic interior, very pleasant.
About 35 mins by car. Fantastic, rural and rustic organic farm and café. Really nice atmosphere with a slight hippy feel.
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Pillars Of Hercules Organic Farm Shop & Cafe
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About 35 mins by car. Fantastic, rural and rustic organic farm and café. Really nice atmosphere with a slight hippy feel.
13 mins by car, amazing cakes, Gary's favourite. Great selection of freshly baked cakes especially scones: they do unusual and clever combination flavours. Other food as well, always busy.
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Cafe des Fleurs
44 Bridge St
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13 mins by car, amazing cakes, Gary's favourite. Great selection of freshly baked cakes especially scones: they do unusual and clever combination flavours. Other food as well, always busy.
12 mins by car, great food and meringues the size of your head.
Powmill Milk Bar
12 mins by car, great food and meringues the size of your head.
34 mins by car, adjacent to the battle ground of the Battle of Falkirk Muir, food is supposed to be very good and lovely location for walking.
Canada Wood Kitchen and Bar
34 mins by car, adjacent to the battle ground of the Battle of Falkirk Muir, food is supposed to be very good and lovely location for walking.
Sightseeing
Fife is littered with fantastic places, best to check a guide book, but the whole East of Neuk of Fife (https://www.lovefromscotland.co.uk/east-neuk-fife/) is beautiful coastline with quaint little fishing villages.
East Neuk
Fife is littered with fantastic places, best to check a guide book, but the whole East of Neuk of Fife (https://www.lovefromscotland.co.uk/east-neuk-fife/) is beautiful coastline with quaint little fishing villages.
About 32 mins by car. Beautiful beach, nice cafe (Sands).
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Silver Sands Beach, Aberdour
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About 32 mins by car. Beautiful beach, nice cafe (Sands).
Culross is a really quaint little fishing village, as are Limekilns and Charlestown (all about 20 mins by car). Read up on where to park in Culross to avoid holding your breath navigating the tiny streets.
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Culross
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Culross is a really quaint little fishing village, as are Limekilns and Charlestown (all about 20 mins by car). Read up on where to park in Culross to avoid holding your breath navigating the tiny streets.
About 42 mins by car, great afternoon out.
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The Scottish Deer Centre
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About 42 mins by car, great afternoon out.
Loch Leven, (about 25 mins by car) http://www.nature.scot/loch-leven. Kinross Pier (KW13 8UF). There is also the RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, Kinross KY13 9LX (20 mins by car) https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/loch-leven/
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Loch Leven
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Loch Leven, (about 25 mins by car) http://www.nature.scot/loch-leven. Kinross Pier (KW13 8UF). There is also the RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, Kinross KY13 9LX (20 mins by car) https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/loch-leven/
The famous Knockhill famous racing circuit https://www.knockhill.com/ (12 mins by car)
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Knockhill Racing Circuit Ltd
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The famous Knockhill famous racing circuit https://www.knockhill.com/ (12 mins by car)
About an hour's drive, Callander is a bustling holiday town known as the gateway to the Highlands. The A84 North from Callander to Glen Coe (another 1.5 hours each way) is a beautiful drive, and Glen Coe is probably one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland. Callander itself is at the junction of two rivers in an area of outstanding natural beauty known as the Trossachs.
Callander
About an hour's drive, Callander is a bustling holiday town known as the gateway to the Highlands. The A84 North from Callander to Glen Coe (another 1.5 hours each way) is a beautiful drive, and Glen Coe is probably one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland. Callander itself is at the junction of two rivers in an area of outstanding natural beauty known as the Trossachs.
About 35 mins by car, near Stirling
Rob Roy McGregor Statue
About 35 mins by car, near Stirling
Visible from the Shed, the Wallace monument is about 30 mins by car, near Stirling
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The National Wallace Monument
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Visible from the Shed, the Wallace monument is about 30 mins by car, near Stirling
Visible from the Shed, Stirling Castle is in the centre of Stirling , about 36 mins by car.
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Stirling Castle
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Visible from the Shed, Stirling Castle is in the centre of Stirling , about 36 mins by car.
19 mins by car, the Japanese Garden is a lovely, unusual place to visit, wonderful gardens and surrounding woodland.
Japanese Garden, Cowden
19 mins by car, the Japanese Garden is a lovely, unusual place to visit, wonderful gardens and surrounding woodland.
About 20 mins by car, this is in a lovely part of Dunfermline, with the beautiful Pittencrief Park (known locally as "the Glen") adjacent. There is (paid street) parking near the Abbey, but if you're walking through the Glen there is a free car park there (128 Pittencrieff St, Dunfermline KY12 8AN).
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
About 20 mins by car, this is in a lovely part of Dunfermline, with the beautiful Pittencrief Park (known locally as "the Glen") adjacent. There is (paid street) parking near the Abbey, but if you're walking through the Glen there is a free car park there (128 Pittencrieff St, Dunfermline KY12 8AN).
Personal time
21 mins by car. If you have time for some personal indulgence, Zoe Tod, personal friend and wonderful holistic therapist offers numerous beauty treatments and therapies at this haven of peace and calm.
Heart & Soul Holistic Centre
14 High Street
21 mins by car. If you have time for some personal indulgence, Zoe Tod, personal friend and wonderful holistic therapist offers numerous beauty treatments and therapies at this haven of peace and calm.