Homes in the area
Fife Housing Group has a total of 425 homes in its West Fife Village housing area.
This covers the communities of:
- Oakley – 119 cottages.
- High Valleyfield – 60 flats and 54 cottages.
- Rosyth, new and old Primrose – 80 cottages and four-in-a-block flats.
- Inverkeithing – 58 cottages and eight new build flats close to Inverkeithing Station.
- Crombie – 40 homes, some new build including two, three and four bedroomed houses and bungalows.
- Culross – eight new build flats to the east of the village and a small number of cottages and maisonettes.
- Dalgety Bay – 12 new build flats
High Valleyfield was built for miners working in the Valleyfield Colliery which opened in 1908 and closed 70 years later. Oakley grew up around the Oakley Iron Works which started production in 1846. More homes were added in the 1950s for miners coming from the West of Scotland to work in the nearby Comrie Colliery. This mine closed in 1986. Founded as a Royal Burgh in the Sixth Century, Culross was once a major port exporting salt and other goods to the Low Countries. It was also the centre of the coal mining industry. Today it is notable for its heritage, including buildings preserved by the National Trust, such as the 16th Century Culross Palace. The village of Crombie grew up around the nearby armaments depot which opened in 1916. Inverkeithing was granted royal burgh status in the 12th-Century. In 1651 it was the site of a major battle between Thomas Cromwell and Covenanters loyal to Charles the Second. In the early 20thCentury Inverkeithing was famous for shipbreaking. Dalgety Bay is a new town on the shores of the Forth., where onstruction of the community, which is mainly a dormitory town for Edinburgh, started in 1962.
The following primary schools serve FHG’s West Fife Villages area:
- Inzievar Primary School – Oakley
- Holy Name RC Primary School – Oakley
- Torryburn Primary School – Newmills
- St Ser’fs RC Primary School – High Valleyfield
- Culross Primary School – Culross
- Inverkeithing Primary School – Inverkeithing
- Dalgety Bay Primary School – Dalgety Bay
- Donibristle Primary School – Dalgety Bay
The following secondary schools serve the area:
- Inverkeithing High School,
- Queen Anne High School – Dunfermline
- St Columba’s RC High School – Dunfermline
There are local shops and other facilities in all of the communities. They are also close to the main shopping complex and superstores in Dunfermline.
The area is well served by Stagecoach Scotland bus routes with railway stations at Dunfermline Town, Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay which provide regular services to Edinburgh. The nearby M90 motorway also links to Edinburgh and the north while the Kincardine Bridge in the west links to the motorway network to Glasgow.
Find out more about facilities in the area at Fife Council Your Town Index