Dunfermline and West Fife

New cafe opens at The Walled Garden, Fife

Things have moved fast at The Walled Garden, Kincardine in Fife. Within months of Avocado Sweet first featuring the garden, owners Keith Laing and Anne Crawford have built a 70 seater cafe and decamped from the tiny potting shed cafe opposite.  The first event to be held since the new cafe opened in mid-July is a summer fete on Sunday 21 July. To raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research there

Raise your glasses for L’Art du Vin, Charlestown, Fife

Taking wine to the remotest pub on mainland Britain is wine merchant, Philippe Larue’s most challenging delivery. With no road leading to The Old Forge at Knoydart, access is by boat from Mallaig. ‘It’s like a military expedition,’ laughs Philippe of L’Art du Vin, Charlestown, Fife. As France’s wine consumption continues to freefall it’s down to two Frenchmen, Philippe and his colleague Richard Bouglet, to meet the increasing demand from

Rankin’s Cafe and Deli, North Queensferry, Fife

‘Between 92 and 96 degrees is the perfect water temperature to make coffee’ – so says barista-trained Derek Rankin who opened Rankin’s cafe/deli in his home village, North Queensferry, Fife. The barista classes were run by his coffee supplier, Mathew Algie, one of the few companies to have a coffee roasting plant in Scotland. Barista classes are open to the general public/ non-customers of Mathew Algie at a cost of

Kiln some time at the Culross Pottery/Biscuit Gallery Cafe in Fife

Little did Niall Campbell realise when he was travelling from Glasgow to Culross every week for the pottery classes that he would later take over the Biscuit Gallery Cafe from his tutor, Camilla Garrett Jones. Two years after taking over from Camilla, and Niall is making some changes to the cafe and gallery. Upstairs the cafe has expanded into the gallery space and the ceramics and art are now displayed

Selvage: what you can do if you listen to your grandmother

Rachel Collins, like many of us, was taught to knit by her grandmother. Unlike most of us however, who never got beyond pointless squares and gappy Doctor Who style scarves, she has gone on to be the creative force behind Selvage, a young company based in Crossgates, Fife which sells beautiful, supersoft Fair Isle blankets, scarves and cushions in the muted tones of the Scottish landscape. Rachel, who grew up

No More Than a Mile – photography by Kevin McCollum

Here are some stunning photos from around the world by Kevin McCollum.    It’s tempting to travel the globe to seek out the exotic in your work but one of Kevin’s latest projects, an interesting approach that many artists and designers might apply, is to focus on subjects no more than a mile from where he lives. Easy if you happen to live in Manhattan or Tangiers but more of a challenge for Kevin who lives in