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Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery

Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery

Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery is the town's main museum and exhibition space. It is situated next to the Train Station.

The museum and art gallery opened in 1925, and was funded by a donation by John Nairn - the grandson of the linoleum manufacturer, Michael Nairn. The first chairman of trustee's local cloth-manufacturer businessman John Blyth, the maternal grandfather of politician Michael Portillo.

With the exception of the National Galleries of Scotland, the art gallery holds the largest collection of paintings by Scottish Colourists  Samuel Peploe and William McTaggart. The museum also contains many significant works by the Glasgow Boys and is the only Scottish art gallery to own paintings by local artist, Jack Vettriano. Situated on the ground floor, is the museum's award-winning permanent exhibition covering the town's industrial heritage.

Adam Smith Theatre

Adam Smith Theatre

The Adam Smith Halls were planned by Town Provost Michael Beveridge, named after Kirkcaldy's most famous former citizen. They were opened in 1899 by Andrew Carnegie. Redeveloped in the 1970s in time for the 250th anniversary of Smith's birth, they are now the towns main theatre and cinema venue.

Ravenscraig CastleRavenscraig Castle

Built by James II in the 1450s, Ravenscraig Castle was designed to withstand the latest weaponary being developed at the time. Originally set apart from Kirkcaldy, when the town spread, it was surrounded.

Access can be gained on foot from the car park at Ravenscraig Park. Follow the path south (past the back of the flats) and you'll get some some terrific views of both the castle and town behind it.

 

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