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Fife History and Culture

Royal Fife
Dunfermline’s royal past dominates the town. The ruins of the palace stand in landscaped grounds overlooking Abbot House and the Abbey, originally funded by Queen Margaret and the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce. Visit historic Falkland, whose palace was the favourite hunting lodge of the Stuart Kings and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Living History
A wander around the shadowy cloisters of St Andrew’s Cathedral will reveal fascinating stories of past lives. St Andrews is also home to Scotland’s oldest university. The legendary St.Fillan’s cave in Pittenweem is where the Saint worked and prayed by the mysterious light from his left arm. The 17th century village of Culross is the epitome of the past, with quaint crow-stepped gable ended cottages and red pantiled roofs.

Nation’s Heritage
Not only is Dunfermline Scotland’s ancient capital, it is also the birthplace of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, whose legacy has spread across the globe. Economist Adam Smith hailed from Kirkcaldy, and the delightful East Neuk villages, nestling amongst the neutral harbours of the coastline, are testimony to the strong heritage of sea-fishing that lives on in the Kingdom.

Cultural Centre
Traditional arts - music, dance and arts and crafts - have a long history in Fife. Throughout the Kingdom, pubs resonate with the sound of folk music, and local arts and crafts exhibitions, including the famed Pittenweem Arts Festival, can be enjoyed throughout the year. Or celebrate Scotland’s Patron Saint at St Andrew’s Week in St Andrews. Of course, Highland Games also feature prominently, with Ceres being the oldest free games in the world. Visit for event details.

St. Andrews University - Scotland's Oldest University and a First Class Venue

Renowned the world over as one of the UK’s most established universities and boasting many notable alumni, St Andrews University offers a first class venue with an exceptional academic pedigree.

St Andrews University founded in 1413 is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world.   Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research. Amongst the university’s famous alumni are Alex Salmond, Prince William and Andrew Carnegie. St Andrews University is also known for its famous rectors notably J.M Barrie author of Peter Pan, and actor and comedian John Cleese.

The university has been at the centre of world class, international research in medicine and life sciences since the 19th century. This is set to continue as the university recently invested £45 million in the new School of Medicine making it one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings in the UK. The new venues houses a large auditorium, exhibition area and two additional lecture theatres.

The University offers exceptional conference facilities with venues for 9 to 900, over 1,300 en-suite bedrooms and an unrivalled position within the ancient town of St Andrews. Arrange a conference at St. Andrews University and you will have over 90 meeting rooms to choose from, ranging from impressive historic venues which overlook St Salvator’s Quad to The Gateway, a landmark contemporary building in St Andrews and one of the finest conference venues in Scotland. Combine this with all that St Andrews can offer.....award-winning beaches, a medieval town centre and, of course, the famous golf courses and you will see why so many conferences return to the university each year.