A new augmented reality app which brings Fife’s rich, ancient past to life was launched last week. Follow the trail of historic Kings across the Heartlands of Fife with the new In the Footsteps of Kings app
In the Footsteps of Kings is a free augmented reality app targeted at five to 13-year-olds, allowing families to interact with characters and become immersed in activities at each location. Six historic sites have been included across the Kingdom.
The Heartlands area of Fife extends from Glenrothes and Markinch to Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn and along the coast to Kirkcaldy and Dysart.
Through augmented reality, the app guides visitors along royal paths and connects them with beautiful, ancient landmarks including Ravenscraig Castle, Lochore Castle, Aberdour Castle, Falkland Palace and Estate, and Markinch Church.
Features include firing a cannon from Ravenscraig Castle at a pirate boat on the Forth and playing tennis with Mary Queen of Scots’ ghosts at Falkland Palace.
Watch the promotional video below, for a peak at gameplay:
The project has also included an element of co-design from youngsters, following recent competitions involving Fife school pupils.
The app’s lively Jester, Jess, which narrates the trail, will use the voiceover of Cerys Paton, an S4 student from Balwearie High School, while Cameron Robertson, a P4 pupil from East Wemyss Primary School, designed the Jester’s clothes.
Tourism in Fife is now worth £588m (in 2018) and supports over 12,000 jobs across the region, with international and domestic visitors increasing year on year. In the Footsteps of Kings also received £90,000 funding as part of a grant from Scottish Enterprise to keep enhancing visitor experiences across the Kingdom.
The app is free to download to smartphones from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon Apps. To find out more information please visit the website