Living in Bonnybank
Bonnybank is a small village close to the charming seaside town of Leven on the coast of the Firth of Forth. It makes the ideal place to buy a new home if you want to combine rural tranquility with access to city life.
This small community is just an hour from Dunfermline and Edinburgh to the south and Perth and Dundee to the north. It is situated in countryside on the main road between the towns of Kennoway and Cupar.
Housing in Bonnybank
The average house price in Bonnybank* is around £112,000 – less than half the average price of a home in Edinburgh and around 75 per cent of the average in Dundee.
Things to do and things to see
If you set up a new home in Bonnybank you will not be short of things to see and do.
Bonnybank itself has a popular Mexican restaurant – The Bonnybank Inn. Nearby Leven is home to two golf courses and there are other world class courses close by in Fife.
Leven has the Levenmouth Leisure Centre with its modern indoor swimming pool and sports facilities while history buffs can enjoy the Heritage Centre in nearby Methil and the Fife Heritage Railway.
There are a variety of woodland walks and nature trails and Leven’s beach promenade is nearby. There are also several playparks and other facilities.
For anglers, the River Leven is a source of brown trout, sea trout and Atlantic salmon while the estuary is home to bass and mullet.
Leven is the main shopping centre for the surrounding area of smaller towns and villages. It has various national retailers as well as award-winning independent local retailers, restaurants and cafes.
The town of St Andrews is approximately 14 miles distant. Known as the ‘Home of Golf’ St Andrews has a 12th century cathedral, castle, a famous university and botanic gardens to enjoy.
Bonnybank is also well placed for access into the East Neuk of Fife. The East Neuk is a picturesque coastal region dotted with charming harbour towns and areas of natural beauty. Part of the Fife Coastal Path that stretches for over 150 miles from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Tay is also within easy reach.
A new bus station has recently been built in the centre of Leven which provides good services to the nearby railway station at Kirkcaldy as well as to Dunfermline, Dundee, Edinburgh and Perth.
Regular bus services link Bonnybank to nearby Kennoway, Cupar and Leven.
There are also stations at Markinch on the Edinburgh to Aberdeen line and Ladybank which runs First ScotRail routes between Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth.
The A916 links Bonnybank with Leven from where there are through road links to the main A92 and M60 motorway.
There is no school in Bonnybank itself but there is a choice of primary and secondary schools in Cupar, Kennoway and Leven.
Schools include the Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, the Kennoway Primary and Community School and the Levenmouth Academy, all of which provide good standards of education.
Higher education is available in several colleges in nearby larger towns and at universities in Edinburgh, St Andrews and Dundee where the university was named as ‘Scottish University of the Year’ by the Sunday Times in both 2016 and 2017.
Bonnybank is in the Kingdom of Fife, where families have been making their homes for generations.
The Kingdom of Fife occupies the peninsula formed by the Firth of Forth to the South and the Firth of Tay to the north. Fife's existence as a distinct entity can be traced back to the Pictish Kingdom of Fib in the centuries after the departure of the Romans. It is for this reason that Fife is commonly referred to as "The Kingdom of Fife", or simply "The Kingdom".
Fife was an important royal and political centre from the reign of King Malcolm III in the 11th century.
In the 19th century, with the coming of the railways, Fife became a centre for heavy industry with coal having been mined in the area since the 12th century. This created the conurbation of Levenmouth, which includes Methil and Leven.
Fife also became a popular holiday destination for people from industrial Scottish cities such as Glasgow – and the beaches and hills that attracted them are still a draw for tourists today.
There is also a long history of distilling in the Leven area. Drinks giant Diageo has an experimental distillery in the town as well as a huge bottling plant which can fill up to three million cases of spirits (gin, vodka and whisky) per month.
*Housing market statistics taken from Rightmove in March 2017.