We are ideally situated for day and evening trips to the BT Murrayfield stadium, the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival, the Military Tattoo, the National Museum of Scotland, Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile and all Edinburgh’s theatres – all approximately half an hour by train – the journey itself is worth doing for the views.

We have a fully licensed bar and restaurant.

Look out for our fantastic accommodation and golfing break deals.

  • Black sands beach, Aberdour

    Black sands beach, Aberdour


Aberdour is a very pretty Fife coastal village, some seven miles from the Forth Bridges, with sea views across to Edinburgh. Aberdour Castle features in the popular Outlander series.

With a population of around 2000 residents, Aberdour, in 2018, was voted 2nd best place in Scotland to live by the Sunday Times.

In 2018, Aberdour train station was voted best small station in Britain at the National Rail Awards.

Aberdour has two award winning beaches; the Silver Sands, accessed from Hawkcraig Road and the Black Sands, accessed from Shore Road.

St Fillan’s church in Aberdour dates from the 12th century.

The Woodside Hotel is situated on the Fife Coastal path, perfect for a relaxing walk or run.

Whether it’s a quick 20 minute outing or a longer, more demanding exertion, we can recommend some really scenic routes.

Aberdour golf course is a fine golfing experience.

Aberdour also has a tennis club, where guests are welcome.


The city of Dunfermline, Scotland’s ancient capital, is home to many of the great characters in Scottish history.

Robert the Bruce, the Outlaw King, was buried in Dunfermline Abbey in 1329.

Sir Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline.

The original Carnegie Hall is well worth a visit, as is the Carnegie Museum.

Dunfermline Athletic Football club, “the pars” play at East End Park.


The Woodside Hotel is just a 30 minute train journey from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

Edinburgh is the second largest financial centre in the United Kingdom (after London). It is the United Kingdom’s second most popular tourist destination, attracting over one million overseas visitors each year.

Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament, the supreme courts of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery.

The city is also famous for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, the latter being the world’s largest annual international arts festival.

Historic sites in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, and the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th/19th centuries.

Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Many people choose to visit Edinburgh to watch Scottish rugby or to take in a theatre show or the city’s New Year celebrations.

As well as the signature tourist destinations, Edinburgh has many hidden gems.

Edinburgh’s festivals are a unique cultural phenomenon.

Only the Olympics and the World Cup exceed the number of tickets sold for Edinburgh’s festival events.

Why not enjoy one of these fabulous experiences and save on the cost of Edinburgh hotels? Not only will you save money but the train from Aberdour takes you into the heart of Edinburgh faster than several tram or bus journeys from within Edinburgh! You will enjoy the vista of travelling over the Forth Rail Bridge and waking up in an idyllic seaside village.

Here’s some of the festival attractions…

30 December 2018 1 January 2019. Edinburgh hosts the biggest New Year street party in the world.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay welcomes over 80,000 revellers to Princes Street and the surrounds entertained by live music, a sell-out Concert in the Gardens and dazzling firework displays.

6-21 April 2019. The Edinburgh International Science Festival is the world’s first science festival, founded in 1989 and remains Europe’s largest with 200 events and visitor numbers in excess of 90,000.

19 June – 30 June 2019. The Edinburgh International Film Festival, established in 1947, is the oldest continuously running film festival in the world, screening over 150 feature films from over 50 countries.

2-26 August 2019. The Edinburgh International Festival was established in 1947 and is ranked as one of the most important cultural celebrations in the world. On average, the Festival presents over 160 performances involving over 2,500 artists to an audience of up 400,000 each year.

25 July – 25 August 2019. The Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual festival dedicated to visual art.

2-26 August 2019. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world with live theatre and comedy performances.

10- 26 August 2019. The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the largest of its kind and hosts almost 800 authors from over 40 countries around the world.

Whatever your interests, we’ll be happy to help you get the best out of your visit to our country’s capital.


Dundee, once famous for jute, jam and journalism is experiencing a renaissance.

Under an hour from Aberdour by train, you can visit the spectacular V&A museum which opened in September 2018.


Fife is the home of golf.

A round at the Old Course may well be on your bucket list, and why not, but there are many other golf courses to be savoured in this part of Scotland.

Aberdour golf course, for example.

Aberdour golf course is a highly enjoyable way to spend a few hours.

It is a par 67 course which, on the face of it, is comparatively easy.

Certainly it is an enjoyable course for non elite players. The views alone are worth the green fee.

But, if you leave your short game at home, Aberdour can be tricky.

And it is always beautiful.

So, if you’re visiting St Andrews, why not stay with us and take in a round at Aberdour?

You’ll save on accommodation costs and also get a great golfing experience.

Burntisland golf course, just four miles along the road is also highly recommended.

Stay and play with us. We’ll get you great rates for these great golf courses!


Scotland’s rugby team is flying high.

The Woodside hotel is the perfect place to visit BT Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby.

The RBS Six Nations and Scotland’s international rugby weekends, including the Calcutta Cup and the Autumn Internationals are always something to look forward to.

Rugby’s Silver Saturday at the end of April is also well worth experiencing.


The Woodside Hotel is the hub of the highly enjoyable Donkey Brae run series which is part of the annual Aberdour Festival.

There is a 7 mile, 2 mile and fun run, so something for everyone to enjoy.

Aberdour is perfect for taking in woodlands and sea views.

The Woodside Hotel is situated on the Fife Coastal path, perfect for a relaxing walk or run.

Whether it’s a quick 20 minute outing or a longer, more demanding exertion, we can recommend some really scenic routes.