Kirkcaldy Ice Rink (Fife Ice Arena)

Kirkcaldy Ice Rink, also known as Fife Ice Arena, is located in the Scottish coastal town of Kirkaldy. You will find it around a 5-minute drive northeast of the town centre.

The rink is one of the older (and colder!) rinks in the UK. Built-in 1938, the Fife ice rink is showing signs of its age but is well-used by the local community.

Fife Ice Arena hosts ice hockey, ice skating, curling and discos regularly. The rink is home to several ice hockey teams, including the Fife Flyers of the Elite Ice Hockey League. It is just one of 41 ice rinks in the UK that are home to competitive ice hockey teams.

Information For Fife Ice Arena

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Kirkcaldy Ice Rink

Transportation To Kirkcaldy Ice Rink

  • Road – If you are travelling to Fife Ice Arena from the south, you are likely to approach the area on the A92. This road will take you to the north end of Kirkaldy, where you turn off onto the A921, which will take you to the rink.
  • Rail – The good news is that Kirkcaldy is on the main Kings Cross to Aberdeen railway line. However, the ice rink is just over 2 miles from the railway station. So if you don’t want to walk for 45 minutes, then your best option is to take a taxi to the rink.

Kirkcaldy Ice Rink Parking (Kirkcaldy Adventure Park)

Kirkcaldy Ice Rink has a decent-sized car park which is free of charge. Unfortunately, that is where the good news ends. The rink was built in 1938, and it looks like that was the last time any maintenance was done on the car park.

Fife Ice Arena parking area isn’t tarmacked and has a LOT of large potholes, so take care when driving and walking across the area.

Is Kirkcaldy Ice Rink Parking Accessible?

The Kirkcaldy ice rink car park is very uneven gravel and not suitable for wheelchairs. The access to Kirkcaldy ice rink from the car park is via an access door with a steep ramp. A wheelchair user would likely need assistance to negotiate it.

Although the facilities for disabled users are poor, the staff are friendly and helpful and will assist as much as possible.

Ice Hockey Team Fife Flyers

The Fife Flyers is an ice hockey team playing in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

The EIHL is the highest-level professional league in the UK, with 10 teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) Teams

Belfast GiantsGlasgow Clan
Cardiff DevilsGuildford Flames
Coventry BlazeManchester Storm
Dundee StarsNottingham Panthers
Fife FlyersSheffield Steelers
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Fife Flyers vs. Sheffield Steelers At Utilita Arena Sheffield

The season runs from September to March/April, and the teams will play two (sometimes three) games a week, one home and one away. The most common days for games are Saturday and Sunday, but the team will play some on Fridays or mid-week.

These games include those played in the league and for the Challenge Cup. Most of the cup games are played early in the season.

Fife Flyers Ice Hockey Team Contacts

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Ice Hockey Team Kirkcaldy Kestrels

Kirkcaldy Kestrels is an ice hockey team playing in the SNL (Scottish National League). The team is based at Fife Ice Arena.

The SNL is the second-highest league in Scotland behind the Elite Ice Hockey League. The league has eight competing teams (see below).

Scottish National League Teams

Aberdeen LynxKilmarnock Thunder
Dundee CometsKirkcaldy Kestrels
Dundee TigersNorth Ayrshire Wild
Edinburgh CapitalsPaisley Pirates

The teams charge for entry to games, generally £5-£10 for a non-concessionary adult and reduced rates for children and OAPs.

SNL teams compete for the regular season title, the playoff title, and the Scottish Cup. The regular season runs from September to late March, and the season concludes in early April with a playoff weekend for the semi-final and final games.

Seating & Away Fan Blocks Kirkcaldy Ice Rink

Fife Flyers tickets give you assigned seating, and the away fans block at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink is block F . Most seats will provide a good view; we aren’t aware of any problem areas. However, if you suffer from the cold (as I do), avoid sitting in the rows closest to the ice surface.

Kirkcaldy Ice Rink would benefit from some upgrading, but it has a lot of character and very vocal fans. It is definitely a fun place to watch a game.

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Fife Flyers Ice Hockey Team Line Up Against The Nottingham Panthers

Temperature Of Kirkcaldy Ice Rink?

If you haven’t been to a hockey game before, you need to know that ice rinks are cold places (not a surprise!). And the closer you are to the ice, the colder you will be. Also, hockey rinks in the UK aren’t heated, so temperatures in the arena drop in line with outside temperatures.

We would rank Kirkcaldy Ice Rink as colder than average for the UK; it is one of the coldest UK rinks we have visited, so wrap up warm!

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Kirkcaldy Ice Rink Temperature

Food And Drink At Kirkcaldy Ice Rink

Fife Ice Arena has decent cafe and bar areas compared to many UK rinks. You will find the usual fast food, but the quality is pretty good and reasonably priced.

There are two bar areas; they are at the same end of the arena, one at the rink level and one upstairs. Both are comfortable.

Skate Shop At Kirkcaldy Ice Rink

The rink has a small skate shop, which sells ice hockey and figure-skating equipment and offers skate sharpening.

You can buy Fife Flyers merchandise from a small stand at the rink on game nights, and you can also order online from the Fife Flyers online store.

7 Best Ice Rink Activities To Do At Kirkcaldy Ice Rink

Watching an ice hockey game is just one of many things to do at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink. There is a wide range of ice rink activities on offer, including:

  • Public ice skating sessions
  • Ice skating lessons
  • Ice hockey lessons
  • Join a recreational ice hockey team.
  • Ice dancing or figure skating
  • Speed skating
  • Learn to curl and join a curling team.
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Hotels Near Kirkcaldy Ice Rink

There isn’t a great choice of hotels within easy reach of the arena. The closest is the Strathearn, around a 15-minute walk from the rink. This hotel is very nice but often seems to book up well in advance.

If you stay for more than a night, we have found a couple of good Airbnb options in the Dysart area of Kirkcaldy. This is around a mile from the rink, and you have a good chance of finding somewhere with a sea view.

Eating Out Near Kirkcaldy Ice Rink

Fife Ice Arena Rink is on the northeastern edge of town, so there aren’t many options for eating out close by, especially after an evening game.

If you are looking for a late-night meal, we recommend the Amritsar Tandoori Restaurant, which is at the northern end of the town centre. They are open until 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings, and you can eat in or take out.

If you are looking for fast food, there is a McDonald’s a few minutes from the rink (next to Asda), which is open until 10 p.m. every night.

FAQ Kirkcaldy Ice Rink

Is there a Friday Disco at Fife Ice Arena?

The Friday Disco normally runs between 7 pm and 8:30 pm at Fife Ice Arena in Kirkaldy. This is a public ice skating session with music and disco lights. Up-to-date information about the discos can be found on the Facebook page of Fife Ice Arena.

Where do the Fife Flyers Play?

The Fife Flyers ice hockey team plays at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink, also known as Fife Ice Arena. The team competes in the Elite Ice Hockey League, which is comprised of 10 teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This league is the highest level of ice hockey in the UK.

Is there Curling at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink?

There is an active curling club at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink (also known as Fife Ice Arena). The club holds regular “Try Curling” sessions throughout the year to encourage newcomers to the sport. The best source of information is the Facebook page of Curl Kirkcaldy.