Explore Balbirnie Park's nearby attractions
Modes of transport to help you explore
There is a train station around 10-15 minutes walk through the village where you can hop on an hourly train into Edinburgh, a town bursting with character as well as Perth and Dundee who also have tons of things to do and see. There is also a bus stop right outside the site that goes to Glenrothes and Leven, from there you can go onto Edinburgh, Dundee, as well as St Andrews, Glasgow and many more places.
Eating, shopping and watching
There are some lovely places to go out and eat in the area including the Balbirnie House Hotel and Bistro, Laurel Bank Hotel and a couple of cosy coffee shops in Markinch.
Glenrothes is the nearest town to the site with plenty of supermarkets and places to get fuel. Fife holds Farmers Markets every Saturday morning, rotating between Cupar, Dunfermline, Kirkaldy and St Andrews, and there are also many places to buy fresh and local produce. The large shopping complex, Kingdom Shopping Centre is also home to Rothes Halls, a theatre boasting a varied programme of top name concerts, drama, events, exhibitions and childrens entertainment.
Fun activities for all ages
Kirkcaldy hosts one of the largest outdoor activity venues in the area - Cluny Activity Centre is just outside Kirkcaldy and has facilities for golf, clay pigeon shooting, archery as well as an outdoor play area for children.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Fife is the Secret Bunker, a great day out, whatever the weather. The inconspicuous farmhouse in the middle of nowhere holds so many secrets underground and is a fantastic day out. You could even take a balloon flight from Falkland Golf Course.
A spot of modern Royal Family
One of the places that most people like to visit from the site is St Andrews, easily accessible from the bus stop. St Andrews is a beautiful town and has a great deal of history. There are botanical gardens with around 8000 species of various plant life to be found. There are also two fantastic beaches, The West Sands and The East Sands. Both are beautiful in sunny weather and both have free parking available. St Andrews is perhaps most famous for where Prince William met Kate Middleton and fell in love.
Cycling, walking and being at one with nature
There is plenty of great cycling around Fife, including the 105 mile Kingdom Cycle Route from Inverkeithing around Fife to the Forth Road bridge. Cycle routes are available at reception for a small charge.
Walking in Fife is also very popular with a wide range of places to walk, from Balbirnie Park next door, to the coastal path and everything in between.
Falkland Palace is the nearest National Trust in Scotland to visit from Balbirnie Park, the gardens are extensive and worth a visit just on their own, but you can also explore Culross Gardens, Hill of Tarvit and Kellie Castle and Gardens in Fife.
The Lomond Hills provide stunning views over Fife and the Firth of Forth. Walks around Birnie Loch, Pitscottie Waterfall, Ayton Woods and Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve all provide beautiful landscapes just waiting to be explored, you may even be lucky enough to see red squirrels around Ladybank Forest.
Book a break at Balbirnie...
There's plenty to do in Fife come rain or shine so, why not come and try the site out?