Narrated by Alma Cadzow and sponsored by local businesses en-route. Featuring the East Neuk, St Andrews and much else in the Kingdom of Fife.


Fairmont St Andrews title sponsor.



Fife was a regional Kingdom of the Pictish federation, known the world over as the home of golf - St Andrews takes centre stage here, but the Fife we discover and its people as labelled by Sir Walter Scott - the 'Folk of Fife', have a strong sense of indentity and command a healthy respect from their neighbours.
It is almost an island within mainland Scotland with the Forth and Tay Firths on both sides and some 115 miles of coastline.
Dutch influence can be seen in the pantile roofs and crow stepped gables of many of the cottages in the eighteen Royal burghs, fifteen of which are ports.
The outline looks a little like a scotty dog.

We enter the kingdom at Kincardine on Forth itself a burgh barony since 1663, then on to Culross, the birthplace of St Mungo, patron saint and founder of Glasgow. The next port of call is North Queensferry dominated by the two Forth bridges and the home of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Dunfermline was the centre of royal power for 500 years and is the resting place for 22 Kings and Queens including Robert the Bruce.
Andrew Carnegie was born here in a weavers cottage - now museum, and at one time he was the richest man in the world.

Further up the Forth to Aberdour with its fine beaches and then onto Kinghorn where in 1286 King Alexander the 3rd fell off his horse and died - which put the country into turmoil.
Kirkcaldy - the Lang Toon- was the birthplace of Adam Smith the great economist and author of ' The wealth of nations'.
Onwards to Dysart and Largo - famous for Alexander Selkirk, on whom Daniel Defoe based his book 'Robinson Crusoe'.
Hamlets like Lathones and Peat Inn are located in-land whilst we are drawn back to the coast and the East Neuk, with places such as Pittenweem, Anstruther, Cellardyke and Crail all a delight to the eye.

St Andrews is the next destination, golf started here in 1552 and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club was founded in 1754.
St Andrew was an apostle who travelled widely and died in Greece, crucified for converting the Roman Governor's wife. Three centuries later a priest, St Regulus, took some of St Andrew's remains and fled arriving at a place then called Kilrymount. He built a chapel and it grew to become a major centre for pilgrimage - St Andrews. The Scottish King Achaius adopted St Andrew as his patron saint and a vision of a cross in a clear blue sky prior to a victory over the English gave rise to the Scottish Flag and our patron saint of today.
St Andrew is also patron saint of Greece, Russia and Romania.
It has seen religious unrest as well as settled times:-
Archbishop of St Andrews - Cardinal David Beaton was slain- his naked body was hung from the castle in a riot. The castle was put under seige for nearly a year and John Knox the religious reformer was captured and spent 19 months as a galley slave for his part in the ordeal. Another Archbishop - Dr James Sharp was also murdered.
The university was founded in 1412, the first in Scotland and only Oxford and Cambridge are older in the whole of the UK.
Prince William was a student here recently.

We leave the town and head for the Tay Estuary and the two bridges.then head in-land to Cupar and the pretty village of Ceres and Markinch and Leslie to Falkland - whose Palace was a favoured retreat for the Stuart Kings. We leave the kingdom by Strathmiglo and Gateside.


Another title narrated by Alma Cadzow with music by Nick Pye.

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