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Kirkcaldy in General
Member Name: leeanne160480
Kirkcaldy in General
Kirkcaldy is the town that I live in. For all my life I lived in the large village next to Kirkcaldy, which is called Kinghorn, perhaps if Dooyoo adds Kinghorn then I can then write about there.
It's always hard I think to write about the place that you stay, as you don't really see it as a tourist, you tend to focus on the bad parts or the not much to do parts. I will do my best though.
So, anything famous or special about Kirkcaldy? This is the home town of Gordon Brown. In fact he was in my mother in laws class at school. This town was very famous in the past for Linolium. I got told that the town stank of the stench of it, but those days are long gone. A famous thing is the travelling fun fair that comes every April. Opens on a wednesday in the middle of April, and packs up the following Monday. This is situated on the Prom, which is a mile long road, which is near the sea front. It is probably the main road through Kirkcaldy, so when the fair is here, then the road is obviously shut. This means that you have to drive along the road parallel, which is called Links Street. This street is not the best, as most of the dole kids are housed here and it is known as a hard to let area. I haven't had any trouble on here though.
So how big is Kirkcaldy? Well i'm not the best person to know about these things. I would say the town is about 6 miles wide and probably 6 miles deep. There is a new large houseing estate being built up the top of the town, so that will probably add another 2 miles onto it. The next small town next to Kirkcaldy is called Dysart and this often gets counted as part of Kirkcaldy, but I never count it as that, because if it was then it wouldn't have a different name, would it?
What is there to do here? Not too much. I don't think much of the high street that's for sure. There is a shopping centre called The Mercat. This is all enclosed and has all the usual mainstream shops such as Argos, HMV, New Look, Evans, River Island, Claire's, Boots and so on. Not the largest shopping area, It would probably take you 4 minutes to walk from start to finish, but the shops are right next to each other, and packed in the area. There is also a main street that runs either side of the Mercat, but there is a lot of shut down shops and not that exciting shops. I think we need shops like Starbucks, The Body Shop, Lush and so on. Unfortunately Kirkcaldy is lacking the main shops like these.
Nightlife there is 2 nightclubs - Ocean, which used to be notorious for under agers, This is when it went under a different name, so not sure if it is any better now. The other club is called The Candle Rooms, and this used to be more over 25's that went here. Next door to this is a bar called Harlem, which often has live bands playing, and often has the big sports matches on. A chilled out bar. Kitty's is the Irish pub, which also had live bands playing, but often it is £8 to get in here and the drinks aren't cheap either. There is a small bar called The 80's bar, which as the name suggests plays 80's music. Although I was born in 1980, and don't have an idea of growing up in the 80's I like the music. The town has just been approved for a 3am drinking licence, before it was 2am, so the town is happy, but i'm not much into going out anymore.
Kirkcaldy is the home of Fife Flyers, the Ice Hocky team and it has an Ice Rink up the top of the town.
Eating wise there is 6-7 restarants, which are 3 indian and the rest just mainstream dining establishments. We have the usual chippies and takeaways and of course the trusty McDonalds, Pizza Hut and KFC. We really need a Burger King, as the closest is 12 miles away and I love a Whopper!
Leisure activities. There is 1 swimming pool, which went out in the dark ages. Just a boring, plain pool. Rectangular shaped with no flumes or fun things. There is a gym and sauna in the place as well. 2 other gyms are in the town. There is no cinema, as it shut down about 5 years ago, and the closest 1 is about 10 miles away. This town was the birth place of Adam Smith, and there is a theater named after him.
There is a retail park, which has 10 shops at it, which is a 15 minute walk from my house and they are currently expanding it to have a few superstores. Rumoured ones are Toys R Us, PC World and B&Q.
Not the most exciting place to be. The shops are pretty rubbish and it is lacking decent amenities for the modern life, but it's where I call home - for now!