Baincraig Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore Fife and its surrounding areas, particularly Perthshire, Stirling and Edinburgh. Auchtermuchty has a fascinating history and is renowned for being the home of Jimmy Shand and The Proclaimers.
There is a wide range of leaflets and tourist information in the Lodge about things to do and places to go, including OS maps covering the whole of Fife. The website Welcome to Fife is well worth a look.
The Cupar & North Fife Visitor Guide contains lots of information about the local area, which stretches from the Tay Estuary and Lomond Hills in the west to Tentsmuir Forest in the east and is centred round the charming market town of Cupar. Copies of the Guide are also available in the Lodge.
Coast, countryside and family days out
Fife has been voted No 1 outdoor destination by Scottish Natural Heritage every year since 2009. It has some wonderful scenery and superb walking and cycling locations, as well, of course, as golf.
- There is wonderful walking in the Lomond Hills Regional Park and the Falkland Estate, which cover a large area of moorland, lochs, farmland and forest, and are only four miles away. Even closer, Pitmedden Forest and Auchtermuchty Common are walking distance from the Lodge.
- Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve near Tayport is an internationally recognised habitat for seals, red squirrels, wildfowl and otters. Trails and cycle tracks are clearly marked and it makes for a wonderful day out.
- If you bring your bikes, or want to rent them locally, Fife has relatively flat terrain and a large network of cycle paths. Some recommended easy and intermediate routes are on these trail cards Mountain Bike Trails in Fife
- Sections of the 117 mile long Fife Coastal Path are within easy reach of Baincraig via a mix of car, bus and train.
- The award winning Scottish Deer Centre near Cupar is home to 14 species of deer, otters and other rare species. It is one of Fife's biggest visitor attractions and an ideal family day out.
- Other local places for great family days are Cairnie Fruit Farm and Mega Maze near Cupar, Muddy Boots, Balmalcolm and Sloth Play at Fife Zoo.
History, art and gardens
Fife has a wealth of interesting historic places, gardens and museums to explore from your base at Baincraig Lodge.
- St Andrews, University town and home of golf, is 30 minutes' drive from Baincraig Lodge.
- Contrast the Edwardian comfort of Hill of Tarvit with the royal country residence of Falkland Palace, and the unique 17C/18C Royal Burgh of Culross, all with fine gardens. Find out more on the National Trust of Scotland website.
- Discover the Fife Folk Museum and the Griselda Hill Pottery in Ceres or enjoy the Kirkcaldy Galleries, with its superb collection of Scottish paintings and fine museum.
A little further afield, there are many other places for a good day out.
- Explore the fishing villages and beaches of the East Neuk of Fife, about an hour's drive away.
- The City of Perth is only 30 minutes away, or go further north to visit the hills and forests of Perthshire.
- Dundee, city of jute, journalism and jam, is 45 minutes away across the Tay Bridge.
- Edinburgh (30 miles to the south) is an hour's train journey from Ladybank along the beautiful north Forth coast or easily reached by free park and ride with bus or tram.
- Stirling, with its castle and ancient streets, is 30 miles to the west.