Interiors

School pupils design their own outdoor classroom

Children will be the architects, landscape designers and clients for their own outdoor classroom in Dunfermline this spring.  James Daw from Sam Foster Architects and Paul Morsley from Iglu Studio, landscape design will help the Primary 7 pupils from Commercial and St Margaret’s to build the classroom in the nearby woods which are used by both schools. At the launch at the end of September, James explained that,  as the

Fife’s thatched buildings: new survey published and a thatched cottage goes on sale

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Scotland has just published a photographic survey of thatched buildings in Scotland. The report shows that Fife is the area with the fifth highest number of thatched buildings behind the Western Isles, Highlands, Argyll and Perth. It shows too that most of the Kingdom’s thatch is to be found around Collessie, Auchtermuchty and Cupar. Coincidentally, a gorgeous, ‘chocolate-box’ thatched cottage (above) in

Stylish accommodation at Tinhouse, Isle of Skye

Tinhouse is a unique holiday cottage for two, located  in North West Skye. Designed, self-built and managed by the two of the directors of Skye-based Rural Design Architects, Alan Dickson and Gill Smith, the house was featured on Grand Designs. Prices range from £795 for a week in winter to £1045 for a week in summer.    

Fife wedding styled by Dunfermline artist

This Fife wedding was styled by Dunfermline artist, Claire Christie for the McGregor family from Cupar. Relatives of the couple hosted the wedding on their private working farm outside Auchtermuchty with 3 barns providing the venue for the reception, the bar and the service. Their brief to Claire was for a traditional Scottish country barn wedding using items found on the farm and making interesting props with the salvaged materials

Kinghorn Town Hall now a unique holiday apartment

Fife Historic Buildings Trust completed the restoration of the castellated and B-listed Kinghorn Town Hall in 2009. This magnificent building dominates the approach into the coastal town and the upper floors now house a holiday apartment which sleeps five to six people. The first floor of the holiday apartment includes a living/dining area with three floor-to-ceiling south-facing windows and two original fireplaces. There is a well-equipped kitchen off this room. On

Breathing life back into Bannockburn House

by Caroline Copeland   When Bannockburn House was put up for sale at the beginning of this year, the local Community Council was quick to approach the owner with the idea of opening the house up to the local community. An open day was proposed, and for the first time in living memory, the people of Bannockburn were to be able to see the inside of the house. Steeped in

Blueprint Pecha Kucha at Fire Station on 7 September

Come along and hear a series of fascinating, lightning-fast presentations at an architecture-themed Pecha Kucha evening at Fire Station Creative on Wednesday 7 September. This event, which is being curated by Create in Fife, is the second event in the Blueprint Dunfermline programme which aims to celebrate the architecture and built environment of Dunfermline and West Fife. A superb range of speakers will share their stories with the public in

Blueprint Dunfermline launches!

Blueprint Dunfermline, a community-led celebration of architecture and the built environment in Dunfermline and West Fife, launches on Friday 2 September and will run until the middle of 2017. We are proud to say that Avocado Sweet is leading a consortium of local groups to deliver this unique initiative. It is the kind of programme that more usually a city would stage, often centred around the opening of a grand,

The beautiful Ardbeg Distillery, Islay

If you happen to be on the island of Islay check out the Ardbeg Distillery. Like many of the other whisky producers on the island, Ardbeg is housed in the immaculately restored white distillery buildings with the distinctive black roofs. The larger whisky distilleries are to Islay what the grand bank buildings used to be for the mainland – beautiful and impressive landmark buildings which have received significant investment. No

A place to stay on Loch Tay; beautiful boathouses

A stay on Loch Tay looks tempting in these two boathouses called Otter (pictured first) and Dipper. The owners will take you down the track to the Boathouses in their 4×4 so no need to worry about your suspension. There’s a generator for electricity that powers home comforts such as underfloor heating in the bathroom.  There were no prices listed at www.lochtay.co.uk/ Dipper Boathouse (pictured below)