Kinghorn is a large village of 3150 population, which boasts a charter making it a Royal Burgh, with a history going back to the medieval kings of Scotland. It was here that Alexander III died, leading to internal strife and a fight to retain independence from England.
Kinghorn nestles between the sandy, rocky coast and the loch with its attractive hinterland. It has celebrated Best Kept Large Village in Fife for the last three years, and its two Award Beaches (Kinghorn Village & Pettycur) have top marks from the Marine Conservation Society.
The three seaside communities of Kinghorn, Burntisland and Aberdour form the “Fife Riviera”. Kinghorn has three holiday parks and The Bay Leisure Complex, while Burntisland has a fun fair in summer, Highland Games and the Beacon Leisure Pool. Aberdour has its renowned summer Festival and Silver Sands, a major beach attraction. See theRecreation, Visitors and Environment pages for more information.
outflow of mill lade
corner of East Gate
Information about Kinghorn, its heritage and its people.
old mill house
Being on the North East main railway it has excellent links to Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee and beyond and excellent bus links to Kirkcaldy, the main town centre 3 miles to the east. There is a main theatre in Kirkcaldy (Adam Smith Theatre) together with museum and art gallery. This is Adam Smith’s birthplace. Dunfermline, 12 miles to the west is the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie, boasts a theatre, music hall, museum and library bequeathed by Carnegie, and the main cinema and leisure complex.
Road links from Kinghorn mean that you can be into mountain areas to the west and north in around one hour or shopping in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Kinghorn is a friendly village where you will be made very welcome. There are two cafes in the village with pubs and hotels serving a variety of excellent food, and a beach cafe to sit out and enjoy the village beach. Energetic wind-based sports on Pettycur Beach are becoming more and more popular, watch the waders or enjoy the walk.