Kirkcaldy is a town in Fife, Scotland. Known as "The Lang Toun", Kirkcaldy is the UK's premier centre for linoleum manufacturing and is home to Raith Rovers Football Club. The population is some 50,000.
Popular attractions include the Adam Smith Theatre, named after the economist who was born in the town, the museum and art gallery (featuring an extensive collection of Wemyss Ware and works by the Scottish Colourists, as well as two originals by Jack Vettriano).
And see Fife for long-distance options.
Kirkcaldy is on the east coast mainline which runs from London Kings Cross via Peterborough, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Inverkeithing to Kirkcaldy, continuing north to Dundee and Aberdeen. Trains from Edinburgh to Inverness pass through but usually don't stop here. From Glasgow, Manchester or Birmingham, change at Haymarket.
The Fife Loop train runs from Edinburgh twice an hour (M-Sat; Sun hourly) via Haymarket and Inverkeithing along the coast to Kirkcaldy (45 mins), continuing to Glenrothes with Thornton then looping anti-clockwise back to Dunfermline, Inverkeithing and Edinburgh. Getting here takes much longer on the clockwise loop, from Inverkeithing via Rosyth, Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath and Glenrothes / Thornton to Kirkcaldy.
Kirkcaldy railway stationIt's about a mile inland.
=== By bus ===
Stagecoach Bus X58 / X60 runs from Edinburgh via Inverkeithing inland to Kirkcaldy (70 mins), and continuing via Leven and the East Neuk villages to St Andrews. It runs hourly, daily.
Bus X27 runs from Glasgow via Dunfermline inland to Kirkcaldy (2 hours) and Leven. It runs every 30 mins M-Sat and hourly on Sunday.
Stagecoach Fife Bus 7 runs along the coast from Dunfermline via Inverkeithing, Aberdour and Burntisland to Kirkcaldy and Leven; M-Sat every 30 min and hourly on Sun.
From south or west, exit M90 at Jcn 2A onto A92 eastbound, then take A910 into town. This is much quicker than the coast road.
The bus station is about half a mile from the railway station.
Ravenscraig Parkaffords magnificent sea walks and fine views of the historic Ravenscraig Castle.
address: War Memorial Gardens, KY1 1YGcontains a display of the town's industrial heritage, including a large collection of Wemyss Ware which was made in one of the town's (now closed) potteries, and has a fine display of Scottish Colourists' work, and is the only municipally owned gallery in the UK to own and display Vettriano originals.
Kirkcaldy Town Housedesign by architects David Carr and William Howard
phone: +44 1592 583302address: Bennochy Rd,
Ice Rinkphone: +44 1592 595100address: Rosslyn Steither to see Fife Flyers (Scotland's premier Ice Hockey team) or to skate.
Beveridge parkis worth a visit. Relaxing surroundings including a lake with swans where rowing boat facilities are available in the warmer months.
Dunnikier Parkhas a fine municipal golf course.
- Each spring, a large travelling fair, known as the Links Market, visits the town for a week, occupying a mile of the town's esplanade. It is the longest travelling fair of its kind in Europe.
- Highland Games are held in June at Markinch (John Dixon Park, next event is Sun 2 June 2019) and in July at Thornton (Memorial Park, next event is Sat 6 July 2019).
The Mercat Shopping Centre
Postings Shopping Centre
Rejectsaddress: St Clair Streetis a huge department store specialising in seconds and home furnishings etc.
The retail park contains the usual humdrum collection of soul-less units - Homebase, Halfords etc.
phone: +44 1592 651991address: 73 Overton Roadis a local curiosity. It is highly rated by locals, and a long queue is often to be seen in these premises as people queue up for their 'fish suppers'. Slow, as all orders other than fish and chips have to be ordered when entering the shop to as to provide the freshly cooked meals, but well worth a visit.
Giovanni's Ristorantephone: +44 1592 200659address: 66a Dunnikier RdHighly rated and reasonably priced family run Italian restaurant. Within walking distance (5 -10 mins) of the High Street area.
- There are several clubs and 'trendy' bars in the town.
The Alpha Baraddress: Hayfield Roadoffer up a traditional working class feel.
The Fife Armsaddress: St Clair Streetoffer up a traditional working class feel.
The Harbour Baraddress: High StreetA former CAMRA Scottish pub of the year and U.K. runner-up, it has its own micro brewery and has up to six real ales on tap along with the usual offerings from the multinational giants.
phone: +44 1592 268393address: Dunnikier Park
phone: +44 1592 260117address: 28 Victoria Rd