Visit Kirkcaldy and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Kirkcaldy, Fife. The industrial town of Kirkcaldy on the North shore of the Firth of Forth is best known for the manufacture of linoleum. Indeed, at one time the distinctive smell of linoleum pervaded the whole place; when the train stopped at Kirkcaldy station you knew where you were solely by your nose. This pervasiveness of linoleum has now ceased, but in Coal Wynd are the remains of the little factory where Michael Nairn started the industry in 1847. Kirkcaldy now has many other industries including engineering, boiler-making, rope-spinning, and linen-weaving.
Once described by Defoe as “one Street a mile long”, Kirkcaldy still has a promenade whose length is well over a mile, but now the town has deepened behind it. Yet the old name “Lang Toun” is still sometimes used. There are early buildings at Sailors' Walk; overlooking the harbour is an attractive group of houses whose earliest parts date from the late 15th century. Adam Smith was born in Kirkcaldy, and a plaque in the High Street marks the site, though the house has gone.
Though Adam Smith decorated the intellectual society of Augustan Edinburgh in the latter half of the 18th century, he continued to reside much in Lang Toun. It is said that he used to look across the firth at the smoke of “Auld Reekie” (such was the Fife name for the capital) as a stimulus for his work.
At the North end of the town is Ravenscraig Castle, founded by James II in 1460 — an imposing ruin on a rocky promontory. It has claims to have been the first castle in these islands systematically designed for defence by firearms.
Nearby towns: Buckhaven, Burntisland, Cowdenbeath, Glenrothes, Markinch
Nearby villages: Aberdour, Auchterderran, Auchtertool, Ballingry, Buckhaven and Methil, Cameron Bridge, Cardenden, Chapel, Donibristle, Dysart, East Wemyss, Foulford, Kennoway, Kinghorn, Kinglassie, Leslie, Leven, Lochgelly, Methil, Milton of Balgonie, Pathhead, Sinclairtown, Thornton, West Wemyss
Have you decided to visit Kirkcaldy or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Kirkcaldy bed and breakfast (a Kirkcaldy B&B or Kirkcaldy b and b)
- a Kirkcaldy guesthouse
- a Kirkcaldy hotel (or motel)
- a Kirkcaldy self-catering establishment, or
- other Kirkcaldy accommodation