In an excellent commutable position, with good transport links to Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy is a popular place to live in Scotland. The ex-mining town is also within easy reach of the pretty Fife coast, with its own sweeping bay and a castle at Ravenscraig.
Property prices in Kirkcaldy tend to be a bit cheaper than the Scotland-wide average, adding to its appeal. The town centre has improved over the years, and natural attractions are plenty - including beaches and parks to explore.
Living in Kirkcaldy
For many, the key draw has got to be the links to Edinburgh. Kirkcaldy is on the main East Coast line and the train takes around 50 minutes to Edinburgh Waverley. If you need to travel to Perth, that'll take you about 40 minutes and it takes between 35-45 minutes to get to Dundee. St Andrews is also around 45 minutes away by train.
All in all, it's a well-connected place to live. Be wary that the bridge can get busy, though, if you're travelling by car.
Aside from being convenient, Kirkcaldy is a great place to spend your time outside of work. Indeed, many people in more rural parts of the Fife area come here for entertainment and socialising.
There's a swimming pool, art gallery, theatre, three public parks (Beveridge Park, Ravenscraig Park and Dunnikier Park) and much more.
Where should you look for a house in Kirkcaldy?
Whether you're new to the area or have lived here for years, when you start your house search, it's handy to quickly reflect on the key areas in and around Kirkcaldy.
Starting near Ravenscraig Castle, some parts of Dysart are lovely. It's right by the coast, and there's a range of different-sized properties. Try the streets off Ravenscraig Park, and be surprised by the amount of space on offer.
Another popular park, Beveridge Park, just south of the town centre, houses boast improved transport links - you're the right side to head off on the roads, and much nearer the station. Raith Drive is popular, with many post-war properties, bungalows and spacious gardens.
On nearby Abbotshall Road, you'll find more Victorian houses built with recognisable grey stone - so there's something for everyone's preferred style.
The Wemyssfield area is great for amenities and transport connections, near the leisure centre, bus station, theatre, college and more. Bute Wynd offers a similar lifestyle, but is a bit further away from the town centre.
One of the busier roads taking you away from the cost is Boglily Road. Before you reach Raith Lake, take a left after the park and you'll find the fantastic Southerton Crescent and Southerton Gardens, with some desirable properties.
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