|nitary authority in eastern Scotland,
which was formerly a region of three districts (1975-96) and a county until 1974.
|owns and cities
||Cupar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes (administrative headquarters),
Kirkcaldy, St Andrews
||1,321 sq. km / 510 sq. miles
||coastal area, predominantly low lying, undulating interior with dramatic
escarpment at Lomond Hills; rivers Eden and Leven flow through
||Industries: electronics, petrochemicals, light engineering, oil servicing,
Agriculture: potatoes, cereals, sugar beet, fishing (Pittenweem)
||Rosyth naval base; Old Course, St
Tentsmuir, a coastal sand-dune area in the north, is possibly the earliest settled site in
Scotland; the ancient palace of the Stuarts (16th century) was at Falkland; eight Scottish
kings buried at Dunfermline.
There are 53 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, three
National Nature Reserves, one Ramsar (wetland site), two Special Protection Areas, one
regional park, and three country parks.