8 Things to Do in Aberdour That You Shouldn't Miss

January 31, 2018 Harland Bartelt

Aberdour (/ˌæbərˈdaʊər/ ( listen); Scots: Aiberdour, Scottish Gaelic: Obar Dobhair) is a scenic and historic village on the south coast of Fife, Scotland. It is on the north shore of the Firth of Forth, looking south to the island of Inchcolm and its Abbey, and to Leith and Edinburgh beyond. According to the 2011 census, the village has a population of 1,633.
Restaurants in Aberdour

1. Aberdour Castle

Aberdour KY3 0SL, Scotland +44 1383 860519
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Aberdour Castle

See the large and imposing suite of buildings from the 12th to the 17th century with the grand hall-house, thought to be the oldest standing stone castle in Scotland. There is also a delightful walled garden, with scented flowers and a beehive-shaped doocot, which overlooks the Forth. Take a guided tour in summer to see all around the castle including the painted ceiling in the east range, which is a precious survival from the early 17th century. Open all year. Winter Closed Thus and Fri.

Reviewed By Jon G - Norway

Aberdour Castle has some very nice rooms and some ruins that are just like umpteen other Scottish Castles, but has less of the history to go with it. The terraced garden and the dovecot are nice, as is the bowling green. Not terribly interesting, but definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

2. Aberdour Golf Club

Seaside Place, Aberdour KY3 0TX, Scotland +44 1383 860256
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Aberdour Golf Club

Aberdour Golf Club, voted the fourth best golfing experience in Scotland by Bunkered magazine, is an extremely friendly private members golf club that openly welcomes visitors to book and play. A 20 minute drive from Edinburgh Airport, half an hour from Edinburgh Castle and 40 minutes from St Andrews, the home of golf, the club is truely a hidden gem. We provide great facilities including Riverview Lounge, lockers, showers, fully serviced and stocked Professional shop, club hire, trolley hire, buggy hire and electric trolley hire. Whatever your need we will try our best to cater for you. We all look forward to seeing you at Aberdour Golf Club. Booking required.

Reviewed By meandyouinto - Toronto

The views are stunning - and if that's what you want - you should play. The course itself is "odd". The course opens with two par threes. Then there are a couple of holes where you first trudge up a hill and then back down it - with blind sight lines and trees in the landing zone. Then there is a penal climb up the hill to a series of wide open holes where the total slope of the hole seems to be the guarantee that your ball will be on a side hill lie. There is a very pretty hole along the Firth...and then more blah holes with side hill lies - and then a series of closing holes that are inland and kind of boring.
Perhaps playing courses built into a hill is an acquired taste - if you have such a taste, you'll enjoy Aberdour. If you don't - you may be frustrated.
But the views are pretty.

3. Black Sands

Aberdour, Scotland
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Black Sands

Reviewed By John L - Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Let's be honest,the Tourists go to Silver Sands and don't know of this gem.It is fun to stroll around the yachting harbour at any time of year and to walk along the rock pools at this clean beach.Yes it is is not easy getting parked,but,if you do,you are rewarded by a fabulous view of the Pentland hills across the Forth.Here's a tip.Read the poem "Sir Patrick Spens"which will enhance your trip to Aberdour.It is a true story.There really is hidden treasure here........

4. Silver Sands Spa

Shore Road, Aberdour KY3, Scotland +44 1383 860933
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Silver Sands Spa

Reviewed By JensonLim - Callander, United Kingdom

A short 15 min walk from train station (free parking there) and you are on the beach. OK, it is not as dramatic as the Beaches on the west coast, but a bit more developed - with cafe, toilets, playground, etc. Considering it is only a 45 min drive from Callander to Aberdour, can't complain!

5. Aberdour Harbour

Aberdour KY3 0TY, Scotland
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Aberdour Harbour

Reviewed By thetravellingmanUk - uk

Had a walk down to Aberdour Harbour last Sunday, with my wife, after having visited Aberdour Castle.
There were quite a few people milling about, at or on their boats, during our visit.
The harbour nowadays is almost exclusively used by leisure craft.
A nice tranquil place for a meander about, with stunning views looking over towards Edinburgh, and on a day with good visibility places of interest in the distance can be quite easily pin-pointed.
We walked out to the end of the 'Stone Pier', and looking to the east the remains of the 'Wooden Pier' built in the 1860's can be seen. In days gone by the 'Wooden Pier' was used to land passengers when the tide was too low to use the 'Stone Pier'.
For those looking for a bit more to do whilst in the area - to your west is the 'Black Sands', or if you continue walking east, in the direction of, and beyond the 'Wooden Pier', you will eventually come to the 'Silver Sands'. For travellers that are up for more of a hike or a challenge Burntisland can be reached via the Coastal Path which you will pick up at the end of the 'Silver Sands'.

6. Aberdour Sensory Garden

Aberdour, Scotland
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Aberdour Sensory Garden

Reviewed By craigluscar - Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Opened in October 20 by Past Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah this superb garden is planted for scents and colours . It is the first time I have walked through it and I am very taken with it . This is not the time of year to appreciate it but I will definitely be back in the spring and early summer there is plenty of Seating and picnic tables

7. St Fillans Church

Hawkscraig Road, Aberdour KY3 0SL, Scotland +44 1383 861522
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St Fillans Church

Reviewed By craigluscar - Dunfermline, United Kingdom

This picturesque church was centre for Pilgrims with St Fillans Well being in the grounds , a hospice was built north of the church to accommodate the pilgrims. The church has been altered many times over the years eventually being abandoned in 1790 and left in a ruinous state until restoration in 1925 .The Church is separated from the Castle by walls on the North and west The church has an active roll in the community . Worship is at 10.30 every Sunday and 6.30pm on the 1st sunday of the month

8. Shore Road Play Park

12 Park Lane, Aberdour KY3 0TN, Scotland
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Shore Road Play Park

Reviewed By craigluscar - Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Situated on the way down to the Harbour ,there is limited street parking . A small but well thought out play park for children ,Public toilet on site large grassy area for picnics and a tennis court at the far side of the park

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