Glenrothes area sits in the centre of Fife, around 30 miles north of Edinburgh and 25 miles south of Dundee. The town of Glenrothes is the third largest in Fife behind Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. Glenrothes was one of Scotland first new town areas, and although established to house mainly mining workers and their families, it transformed into a centre for electronics and technical industries, particularly papermaking. The area now relies heavily on public services and the service industry sectors, as well as manufacturing. Due to the development of major industrial and housing estates, many of Glenrothes town’s boundaries merge with the neighbouring towns and villages.