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Fife, Scotland

Fife The ancient Scottish kingdom of Fife now forms one of the smallest of the Scottish regions.

Formed in 1976 from the area surrounding Fifeshire.

Covering an area of 502 square miles and with a population of 350,000 Fife is generally flat with only the Lomond Hills breaking the skyline to any noticeable extent.

The East Neuk of Fife contains many picturesque fishing villages which attract tourists.

The administrative town for the county is Glenrothes with the towns of Dunfermline, St Andrews (the home of Golf), Kirkcaldy and Cupar being the other main centres of population.

The county boasts possibly the earliest site of settlement in Scotland at Tentsmuir. The ancient palace of the Stuarts was at Falkland and no less than Eight Scottish kings are buried at Dunfermline.

Fife produces potatoes, cereals, electronics, petro-chemicals and light engineering.

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