Living in Leven – Travelling from Leven to Scotland’s major cities
What’s life like in Leven? We are helping you to discover all there is to know about this fantastic part of Fife in our Living in Leven series.
Perfect for families, first time buyers and those looking for peace and tranquility, Leven has something for everyone. Leven is also a commuter’s paradise thanks to its close proximity to Scotland’s major cities and can be a cheaper option in the long run than buying a house in highly populated parts of the country.
In this blog post, we will discuss travelling from Leven to cities around Scotland, whether for work or for leisure.
Getting to cities like Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and Stirling for work or for a day out from Leven could not be easier.
With Bank of Scotland research from 2018 finding that half of the 10 most expensive streets in Scotland are in Edinburgh, it is clear to see why many are choosing to commute from out-with the city.
Driving to Scotland’s capital from Leven will take you around an hour, depending on traffic. Travel via the A92 and over the Queensferry Crossing for the quickest route to Edinburgh (and some fantastic views as you cross the bridge).
Leven is not far from Markinch railway station near Glenrothes, from here you can get trains to cities and towns all over Scotland, including a train to Edinburgh, which takes just 50 minutes.
Buses regularly depart from Leven bus station to Edinburgh and take around an hour and a half. Taking the bus is the perfect option for a family day out.
There is so much to do in Edinburgh - too much for just one day! Luckily if you live in Leven, you are never too far away. Why not soak up some of the history at Edinburgh Castle or explore the Old Town, where you will find a variety of museums, trendy restaurants and cafés? Or if shopping is your thing, head to Princes Street and George Street for all your high street favourites in one place.
Driving along the A985 from Leven will take you to Stirling in around 1 hour and 10 minutes, with a similar driving time if you take the M9. Alternatively, the train takes 1 hour and 20 minutes, allowing you time to begin work on your commute, or to relax before the start of your shift.
If you are heading to explore Stirling for the day, you will find plenty to do. Top of the list should be to discover the city’s history.
Your first stop will no doubt be The National Wallace Monument, a 150-year old homage to Scotland’s national hero William Wallace. This tower stands on the shoulder of the Abbey Craig and offers some fantastic views of the city and beyond and is not to be missed.
Next, why not visit Stirling Castle, which has been standing since at least the early 12th Century?
Travelling to Dundee from Leven is a breeze, taking around 45 minutes to drive the 24 miles along the A92. Dundee has been the focus of a lot of media attention recently as the location of the brand-new V&A museum.
The train from Markinch railway station to the City of Discovery takes just over half an hour, so is quicker than driving.
For a family day out, head to Camperdown Country Park, which is home to a wildlife centre and recreational facilities that children will love. Follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and his team at Discovery Point and learn all about their heroic journey in an exciting adventure that will entice kids big and small!
Driving to Perth for work will take you just 50 minutes from Leven, making it an easy commute.
Your train from nearby Markinch railway station to Perth will only take 30 minutes, again an ideal option for commuting from Fife and a great journey for a family day out.
Head to Perth Museum and Art Gallery to delve into Scotland’s history and find some magnificent creatures in the wildlife exhibits. Or head to Scone Palace to walk in the footsteps of Scotland’s ancient founding fathers and experience one of Scotland’s most important stately homes.
Explore Perth’s high street and discover the various independent shops it has to offer, as well as a wealth of gorgeous restaurants, including family-owned Deans which is amazing, and the up-market 63 Tay Street.
Big city life is not for everyone, so if you are looking for a fantastic family home with great commuting opportunities to Scotland’s major towns and cities then Leven may just be the perfect place for you.