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  • 1. History

    Kirkcaldy is possibly most famous for linoleum, which was first made in the town and spread to the rest of the world during the 1960s. Other industries of importance in the town’s history include coal and whaling. Historical buildings in the town include Ravenscraig Castle and The Old Parish Church, which has elements dating back 200 years. The town’s annual Links Market ...Read morehas been taking place since 1304, when it was a weekly market for traders and farmers. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Kirkcaldy sits on the Firth of Forth and is governed by Fife Council. The service industry is now the main employer in the town, which is popular with golfers wanting to try the many courses along this stretch of coastline. The University of Dundee has a campus in Kirkcaldy and the Adam Smith College offers further education courses.

  • 3. Events

    The Links Market is the longest street fair in Europe and runs for nearly a mile along the Esplanade for six days in April. This event includes many thrill rides and attracts visitors from miles around. A day of events surrounds the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights at the end of November. One of the highlights of the day is the Mercat Reindeer Parade, which takes ...Read moreSanta along the High Street. The Kirkcaldy Comedy Festival runs for ten days at the beginning of October and often includes performances from big names in the comedy scene. Comedy workshops are also held. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Ravenscraig Castle, at Ravenscraig Park, was built in 1460 by James II. This property consists of two towers. Kirkcaldy Golf Club consists of an 18-hole course through parkland, featuring a traditional Scottish burn. Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery is situated in the town’s War Memorial Gardens and contains art collections, a local history display and a changing exhibition...Read more programme. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Ravenscraig Park includes coastal paths and views over the Forth Estuary, while Beveridge Park contains gardens, an animal centre and a lake with ducks. Fife Ice Arena offers a selection of skating sessions, including discos and sessions for under fives. Curling and ice hockey also take place at this facility. The Kartstart Racing Circuit in Kirkcaldy offers go-kart racing fo...Read morer all abilities and ages in a safe indoor environment. Read less

  • 6. Business

    Kirkcaldy Farmers’ Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month in the Town Square. The Mercat Shopping Centre is an indoor shopping centre containing more than 30 stores, including many high street names, and car parking facilities. The Postings is a smaller shopping centre, also including car parking.

  • 7. Transport

    By car, the main roads to the town are the A92, from the west and north, and the A915 from the east. The M90 can be easily accessed from Kirkcaldy. The nearest airport to Kirkcaldy is Edinburgh, which is about 30 miles away. There are good rail links from Kirkcaldy to the rest of Scotland and the UK. Direct trains run to Dundee and Edinburgh every 30 minutes.

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Adam Smith Theatre, in the town centre, is a 475-seat venue offering a varied programme of live events, including comedy, dance, drama, music, and children's theatre. The main auditorium is also used as a cinema. Rothes Halls, in nearby Glenrothes, offers popular music, big-name comedy, drama, dance and children's shows. This venue also contains art galleries. Modern venu...Read moree Society, in Kirkcaldy town centre, is a café/restaurant/bar during the daytime and a venue for live events in the evenings. Events include comedy, live bands and DJ sets. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery was opened in 1925, thanks to a donation from John Nairn, grandson of the linoleum manufacturer Michael Nairn. The Adam Smith Halls, home to the Adam Smith Theatre, were opened in 1899, although the building has been redeveloped since then. The Ravenscraig Castle remains sit above the town and the site offers some great views.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is the MP for Kirkcaldy and was born and grew up in the town. He attended Kirkcaldy West Primary School and Kirkcaldy High School.


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