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The dog friendly guide to: Fife

The dog friendly guide to: Fife

Welcome to Fife, one of my favourite dog friendly places in Scotland. If you’re planning a trip to Fife and want to take your pup, you’re in luck! Here are my favourite dog-friendly places to visit, stay, and eat. Let’s visit dog-friendly Fife!

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Dog friendly Fife – places to visit

Hike the Fife Coastal Path – the pups will love the Fife Coastal Path. Spanning 117 miles, this spectacular trail offers breathtaking beaches and charming fishing villages. The whole Fife Coastal Path can be walked in a week and is designated one of Scotland’s Great Trails. These are my favourite sections:

  • Elie to St Monans – passing the striking Elie Lighthouse and Lady’s Tower at Sauchar Point 
  • Anstruther to Crail – visit the Coves, or the caves of Caiplie – used as an early site of christian worship and a doocot! 
  • Crail to Kingsbarns – the furthest eastern point of the path to the famous golf course at Kingsbarns. 

More things to do in Fife

Tentsmuir Forest and Beach – situated near Tayport, Tentsmuir Forest is a haven for dogs. Take a leisurely stroll through the woodlands before heading to Tentsmuir Beach.

Falkland Estate, Palace and Garden – Make a visit to the breathtaking Falkland Palace and Garden, a property managed by the National Trust for Scotland. While dogs are not permitted inside the palace, they are welcome in the gardens. After the Palace visit Falkland Estate which has miles of paths to explore, and a great dog friendly cafe. 

Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse and Garden – Explore the elegant Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse and Garden, another National Trust for Scotland property that welcomes dogs in the gardens. 

Loch Leven Heritage Trail – take a stroll along the Loch Leven Heritage Trail, a 13-mile circular path that encircles Loch Leven. 

Lomond Hills Regional Park – discover the Lomond Hills Regional Park and find The Bunnet Stane and unusual mushroom rock formation made up of ‘calciferous’ sandstone on the edge of  West Lomond.

Walk the West Fife Woodlands Way – a lovely 10-mile ramble through West Fife’s beautiful woodlands starting in Culross. Walk the West Fife Woodland Way.

Get out on the beach – Fife’s is home to some of Scotland’s best beaches – did you know Fife has 25 Blue Flag beaches including Elie’s Ruby Bay, Aberdour’s Silver Sands and Burntisland? Exploring the coastline is one of the best ways of discovering Fife – dogs will love the child-friendly silver sands of Aberlour, the huge sweep of sand between Earlsferry and Elie best known for its beach cricket matches and the walk through the Cambo Estate to the and wild Kingsbarns golf course is beautiful.

Lochore Meadows – With over 1,200 acres of parkland to explore, Lochore Meadows Country Park is the perfect place to take you dog for a walk – you could even take them paddleboarding out on the loch!

Dog friendly Fife – Places to Stay

Planning on a holiday in Fife with your dog? Here is where to stay:

Dog friendly hotels in Fife

There are lots of dog friendly hotels in Fife – and they may even provide beds, food bowls, and treats for your dog. Some highly recommended pet-friendly hotels in Fife include:

Dog friendly hotels St Andrews

East Neuk dog friendly hotels

Dog friendly cottages Fife

For a more home-like experience, consider staying a dog friendly cottage in fife. A dog friendly cottage in Fife offer the flexibility to cook your own meals while providing a comfortable base for you and your dog.

Dog-Friendly Places to Eat and Drink 

Dog-Friendly Pubs and Bars in Fife 

Fife’s dog-friendly pubs and bars provide the perfect setting to enjoy a meal or drink with your pup. My favourites include The Bruce Arms in Limekilns, The Dreel in Anstruther, Railway Inn, Lower Largo, The Commercial Inn in Dunfermline, the Station Buffet Bar, Elie, and the Hillend Tavern, Hillend.

Dog friendly Cafés in Fife 

Fife has lots of dog-friendly cafés. My favourites are The Rhynd near Tentsmuir, Spoiled Life in St Andrews, Cocoa Tree, Pittenweem, Pillars of Hercules, Falkland, and the Juniper Wine Cafe in Dunfermline.

Dog friendly restaurants in Fife 

Fife also offers lots of dog friendly restaurants. I’d recommend Jack ‘O’ Bryan’s in Dunfermline, Shipwreck Seafood at The Newport Restaurant, Larachmhor Tavern, Pittenweem,

Dog friendly Dunfermline – restaurants, cafes and bars

Dog friendly places to eat and drink in Dunfermline

  • *Jack ‘O’ Bryan’s*
  • *The Caledonian Craft Beer Merchant*
  • *Juniper Wine Cafe*
  • Edwards Bar & Grill
  • 1703 
  • The Old Inn
  • Somewhere Else
  • Fire Station Creative
  • 269 Vegan 
  • The Rumblingwell
  • Blend Abbot House
  • Garvock House Hotel
  • The Elizabethan
  • The Glen Tavern
  • Cafe Wynd
  • Incontri 

Dog friendly West Fife 

Dog friendly places to eat and drink in West Fife

  • *The Ship Inn, Limekilns*
  • *The Bruce Arms, Limekilns*
  • *The Carnock Inn, Carnock*
  • *Red Lion, Culross (outside)*
  • The Inn At Charlestown
  • Peppermill Bothy, Blairhall 

Dog friendly Aberdour and Dalgety Bay 

Dog friendly places to eat and drink in Aberdour

  • Aberdour Bistro, Aberdour 
  • The Cafe at Number 16, Aberdour
  • Post & Pantry, Aberdour
  • EVOO Café, Dalgety Bay
  • The Compass, Dalgety Bay
  • The Harbour View, Kinghorn
  • The Hillend Tavern, Hillend

Dog friendly East Neuk of Fife 

Dog friendly places to eat and drink in the East Neuk of Fife

  • *Ox & Anchor, Anstruther*
  • *The Dreel, Anstruther*
  • Coast coffee, Anstruther
  • The Grind, Cellardyke 
  • Haven, Cellardyke
  • Ship Tavern, Anstruther
  • The Bank, Anstruther
  • The Upper Largo Hotel & Restaurant
  • Balcomie Links Hotel, Crail
  • *The Crusoe, Lower Largo*
  • *Railway Inn, Lower Largo*
  • Lundin Coffee Co., Lundin Links 
  • Nosebag Scotland, Elie 
  • Station Buffet Bar, Elie
  • Clock Tower Café, Pittenweem
  • Cocoa Tree Cafe, Pittenweem
  • Larachmhor Tavern, Pittenweem
  • BistroDory, Pittenweem
  • Giddy Gannet, St Monans 
  • Sôlt Dining, St Monans 

St Andrews Dog Friendly

Recommended dog friendly hotels St Andrews include: Rusacks St Andrews, or Hotel Du Vin, St Andrew or Drumoig Golf Hotel, St Andrews or the luxury Fairmont St Andrews.

Dog friendly St Andrews – places to eat and drink

  • *The Rhynd, Leuchars* 
  • *The Rule*
  • *Hatch*
  • *Spoiled Life*
  • *The Adamson*
  • Ziggys
  • One Under Bar
  • The New Inn
  • Central Bar
  • The Duke’s Course
  • Hams Hame Pub & Grill
  • The Saint Bar & Kitchen
  • BrewDog
  • Greyfriars Inn
  • The Bothy 
  • The Cottage Kitchen 
  • Hotel du Vin 
  • The Keys Bar

Dog friendly Kirkcaldy and Leven

Dog friendly places to eat and drink in Kirkcaldy

  • The Steadings 
  • The Chapel Tavern
  • Weavers Bar & Lounge
  • Roots & Seeds Cafe Bistro
  • No.91 Coffee House
  • Cupcake Coffee Kirkcaldy
  • Betty Nicols
  • Chinwag’s Cafe
  • The Spiral Weave
  • Alfie’s, Kirkcaldy
  • Kangus Coffee House, Kirkcaldy
  • Jocks Grill House
  • The Harbourmaster’s Café, Dysart
  • Shorehead cafe, Leven
  • The Troff, Leven
  • The Cottage Window Cafe, Silverburn Park, Leven

Dog friendly Burntisland 

Dog friendly places to eat and drink in Burntisland

  • The Fix Fife, Burntisland
  • Coffee House, Burntisland
  • Olive Tree Cafe, Burntisland

North Fife and dog friendly Cupar

  • The Laurel Bank Hotel, Markinch
  • Golf Inn, Ladybank
  • The Boar’s Head Fife, Auchtermuchty
  • The Old Barn Coffee Shop, Auchtermuchty
  • *Falkland Estate, Falkland*
  • The Stag Inn, Falkland 
  • The Bruce Inn Falkland 
  • Town House Deli & Bakery, Falkland 
  • The Boudingait Cupar
  • Tina’s Little Cafe, Cupar
  • Milly’s Kitchen, Cupar
  • The Village Cafe, Ceres 
  • *Shipwreck Seafood at The Newport Restaurant*
  • Fig & Fromage Deli Newport on Tay
  • East Port Garage and Coffee Shop, Newburgh
  • The Gardeners Rest, Freuchie

Mr Barry Gray

Wednesday 14th of February 2024

Extremely helpful for our upcoming holiday,with our dog,to Auchtermuchty in April. Gives us a great selection of restaurants and cafés where she will be welcome. Many thanks, Denise