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You are in: Edinburgh, Fife and East Scotland > People & PLaces > Places > Glenrothes

Gate in Glenrothes

Public art in Glenrothes


Welcome to the BBC Edinburgh, Fife and East of Scotland page for Glenrothes. Here you’ll find information specific to the 'New Town'. The content on this page can be added to by you.

Only in Glenrothes can you find marching hippos along with giant irises. The 'new town' that celebrated its Diamond Anniversary in 2008 has come a long way.
Glenrothes was built in 1948 primarily to support the 'superpit' of Rothes Colliery. By 1962 the colliery had closed but Glenrothes remained, focusing its energies on developing new employment opportunities for residents such as electronics.

Things to do

The annual gala in Glenrothes features a dog show, highland dancing competition, arena events, stalls and side shows. The gala takes place in August at Warout stadium.

Early Glenrothes sign

Early Glenrothes sign

Another Glenrothes area gala is the Leslie gala which takes place over the Summer. This year's gala featured a parade with music from the Kinross pipe band.

The 'B in the park' music festival is another outdoor annual event which takes place over the summer at Riverside Park featuring local bands.

Get away from it all

The town is well-landscaped and dotted with sculptures like the marching hippos.  Many pleasant strolls can be taken in the woodland walks surrounding Glenrothes or taking in the sculptures and public artwork. In past years  Glenrothes has won the best kept town for its parks and floral displays in the small town category of the 'Beautiful Scotland' awards.

View of Fife

View of Fife

If getting on your bike appeals then there are many off road cycle routes that can be followed in Glenrothes or you can join up with the more strenuous Kingdom Route - a distance of 109 miles.

Golfers can tee off at the Glenrothes golf club. Set in mature parkland this course is open to both members and visitors.

If all that is a bit too energetic then shopaholics can visit the Kingdom Centre - a large mall which is home to various shops. The Saltire Centre and local shops are also places to do some serious shopping.

At the centre of cultural life in Glenrothes is the venue of Rothes Halls, catering to all artistic and musical tastes. Hosting a variety of shows and exhibitions throughout the year as well as supporting the local community. Acts still to appear on the bill this year vary from The MacDonald Brothers to 'The Singing Kettle'.

Although Glenrothes is a new town, Pitcairn House dates from the seventeenth century. Excavated in 1980, it was confirmed that the ruins were once a laird's house. Pottery and other artefacts from the excavation can be found in Kirkcaldy Museum. Going back further in time, nearby Markinch houses the twelfth century St Drostan's Church and the sixth century Stob Cross.

last updated: 13/03/2009 at 12:42
created: 14/08/2008

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