Small town in Fife near East Neuk - and nothing to do with the eponymous Distillery which is in Speyside to the surprise of tourist searching the town for it.

Glenrothes was a 50s new town designed to house miners in the nearby collieries, now closed. After the demise of mining, the town was lucky to become something of an epicenter for new the IT industries a part of "Silicon Glen".

You would not visit Glenrothes for the standard Scottish tourism themes - castles and clans. However, if you are interested in how a community can pass through a series of economic phases - New Town, Industrial centre and now "post" industrial economy and continue to thrive, this could be the place to come.

Moreover, the people of Glenrothes are proud of their town and look after it. 

Castles Nearby

Palace of Leslie

Truly once a Palace but as it stands today it is much altered from its original grandeur, mostly through the ravages of fire especially in 2009, The remains of the great courtyard palace built by the seventh Earl of Rothes between 1667 and 1672.

Glenrothes Events

Active Fife Festival

Active Fife Festival will include three simultaneous sporting celebrations marking the end of the Festival of Sport (1 - 15 September in conjunction with City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian) and the Olympic Period.

Riverside Festival

Riverside is one of the biggest free family festivals in the UK. Staged on the picturesque Victorian Embankment, Promenade, the River Great Ouse and in Russell Park, the Festival is a unique combination of the carnival, the musical, and of course, the nautical!

From the traditional launch of the Festival with the parade, to the five live music stages, countless River activities, fireworks, the opportunity to participate in our arts, heritage or sports villages, and stroll through our continental market and taste cuisine from around the world; there is literally something for everyone at the Bedford River Festival.


National Festival of Youth Theatre

A colourful programme of performances and special events showcasing the creative work of youth theatre groups from across Scotland.

Travel Directions to Glenrothes

Very easy to travel to with trains on the main east line stopping at the rail station as well as the A92 passing through

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