For a family break you're probably doing a bit of a juggling act, trying to please everyone. The adults may well want a bit of relaxation, possibly even a bit of luxury, with good food a given. Children under the age of 10, however, are not so interested in relaxing, they want to have plenty to do.

A stay at the Bay Hotel in Kinghorn, Fife, provides all that and more. Its position on the hillside gives a spectacular view across the Firth of Forth, and the owners know that this is their trump card. The third generation of the Wallace family is now involved in running the hotel.

Alan Wallace, who has been working there for more than 30 years said: "We are firm believers that if you are in the right location and look after your customers they will happily return to you." He continued: "We started off with a well run holiday park in a stunning location with beautiful views over the Firth of Forth. It is the kind of view you never tire of looking at."

Having started with the holiday park, that has a wide range of holiday homes for hire or purchase and a campsite for touring caravans, motor homes and tents, the family then added a hotel. They wanted to offer more accommodation options, but also to tap into the business, conference and wedding market.

And it is the holiday park side of things that provides entertainment for the children (as well as the adults). The Leisure complex is home to a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, as well as a soft play area, fitness suite, amusement arcade and pool and snooker room. There's also a shop for all the essentials, plus those little treats you want when you are on holiday, and an outdoor children's play area.

And I can assure you that as soon as you walk into one of the stunning executive family rooms, you cannot help but feel relaxed. All 28 of the bedrooms are en-suite, with a number of south facing suites that can accommodate families of up to six people. The split level rooms offer enough space for everyone and are all fitted with state of the art intelligent, energy efficient lighting, a smart TV and mini fridge. The picture windows offer a panoramic view of Pettycur beach, then over the Firth to Edinburgh and the hills beyond. You can lie back and enjoy the view from inside the room, or head out to the generously-sized balcony.

Tommy Wallace hits the nail on the head when he says: "The hotel has an eye catching, contemporary look that gives the wow factor." He was very much involved in the interior design of the bedrooms, added in 2008 and said: "I wanted to make sure that the rooms had a fresh modern look which was in keeping with the world class views outside. Whether you are a businessman coming for a meeting in Fife, a young family coming on a short break or a couple staying after attending a wedding, we wanted the rooms to offer similar facilities to a boutique hotel in Edinburgh or Glasgow, but with a cheaper price."

These facilities certainly make the Bay Hotel an ideal choice for a wedding. Photographs can be taken at Pettycur beach, which can also be the location for a stunning firework display that guests can watch from the function room with its outside viewing area. The sound and lighting system in the function rooms is second to none.

The huge windows in the Horizons Restaurant allow for an unobstructed view across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh, making it a fantastic place to enjoy a meal. Head chef, James McKay uses the finest local produce and said: "It's all about good, honest, wholesome food with service to match." He wants to give guests the type of experience they would get in a fine dining restaurant in the capital, on their doorstep.

You might not want to leave the hotel at all, but if you can tear yourself away Fife is a holidaymaker's paradise, with endless opportunities, all within a short distance. We chose to go to Cluny Clays, a family run multi-activity centre just outside Kirkcaldy, that started out as a clay shooting range in 1992 but now offers a huge range for family and corporate events. We chose footgolf, a sport that is still relatively new in Scotland, though there are many courses in England and it is very big in America.

Think of a golf course with over-sized pin holes, big enough for a football to fit in. It's a fun activity with everyone kicking their ball around the course, following the same rules as golf with par 3, 4 and 5 holes. Cluny's course was designed by Teri Newell from Glenrothes, currently ranked Scotland's number one female footgolfer. Teri explained: "I got into footgolf after taking part at a summer camp in Ipswich. My then boyfriend, Matthew Morgan, who's rated number six in Scotland, took me across to Edinburgh where I got more involved." In fact, she got so involved that she went to Las Vegas last year to compete in the Jansen Cup, which is equivalent to the Ryder Cup.

While not many of us can get to Teri's standard, it is certainly much more than "A good walk spoiled," my favourite golf quote, attributed to Mark Twain. It's suitable for all ages and abilities and has definitely encouraged more people on to the course at Cluny. Both footgolfers and golfers use the same course (though, thankfully, not at the same time), and the golfers are happy as they see how the money raised is improving their course.

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