Homes in the area
Fife Housing Group has around 425 homes in its Kirkcaldy Housing Area. The area includes the towns and communities of:
Kirkcaldy – 349 mainly flats and cottages
Dysart – 45 new-build houses and flats in the regeneration area.
Burntisland – 16 cottage-type houses
Glenrothes – 10 cottages.
Markinch – eight cottages.
Kinghorn – 15 flats, cottages and townhouses.
Leslie – three flats.
Known as the ‘Lang Toun’, Kirkcaldy has been inhabited since the Bronze Age but was designated a Royal Burgh in 1644. The town was a major trading port and producer of salt, coal, nails and more recently linoleum. It was also the birthplace of economist and author of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith.
Situated to the south-east of Kirkcaldy, Dysart was part of the estate owned by the Sinclair family. From the 15th – 17th Centuries it exported coal and salt to the Baltic and Low Countries. The demise of the Lady Blanche Pit and the town’s harbour saw it amalgamated into the Royal Burgh of Kirkcaldy in 1930.
Large parts of the town were demolished for new housing in the 1950s and 1960s. However, an outcry from local residents saw many of the older houses in the harbour area preserved.
Fife Housing Group’s homes were built from 2001 after FHG was appointed the lead partner in regeneration of the area.
Originally established as a fishing hamlet to feed nearby Rossend Castle, Burntisland developed as an important sea port for coal and importing local herring. It branched into shipbuilding during the First World War and today produces fabrications for the offshore oil and gas industry.
A seaside resort and former fishing port, Kinghorn has one of the busiest lifeboat stations in Scotland.
Believed to be the Pictish capital of Fife, Markinch was famous for spinning and weaving, bleach and iron works and paper making. Tullis Russell paper mill is still sited to the south of the town, although it is scheduled for closure.
Glenrothes was one of Scotland’s first new towns, built after the Second World War to house miners at the newly-opened Rothes Colliery.
Today major employers in the area include Kirkcaldy’s MGt call centre, Forbo Flooring and Fife College and Fife Council in Glenrothes, where it has its headquarters.
Facilities in your area
The Kirkcaldy area is served by the primary schools of:
Fair Isle Primary School – Templehall
Burntisland Primary School – Burntisland
Kinghorn Primary School – Kinghorn
Dysart Primary School – Dysart
Markinch Primary School, Markinch
St Marie’s RC Primary School, Kirkcaldy.
It is also served by the secondary schools:
Balwearie High School, Kirkcaldy
Viewforth High School, Kirkcaldy
Kirkcaldy High School, Kirkcaldy
St Andrews RC High School, Kirkcaldy
There are local shops in all of the communities and major shopping complexes and supermarkets in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes.
There are regular local bus services and express services to Edinburgh. There are railway stations at Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn, Burntisland and Markinch with regular services to Edinburgh and the north. The main trunk road from Kirkcaldy is the A92 which links to the north and to the motorway network to Edinburgh.
Find out more about facilities in your area at Fife Council’s Your Town Index