Mini guide to Dunfermline
The ancient town of Dunfermline lies just north of the Scottish capital of Edinburgh
and the Firth of Forth, and is famed for not only being the one time capital of
Scotland, but for its most famous son, the philanthropist multi-millionaire, Andrew
Carnegie. Dunfermline is also known for its abbey and royal palace and there is
some magnificent countryside nearby.
Andrew Carnegie was the son of a weaver and his rise to wealth and fame can
be discerned in the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, which is housed in the
18th century cottage where he was born. Carnegie was known for his generosity
and gave away much of his fortune before his death as well as founding thousands
of libraries throughout the country and many civic buildings in Dunfermline.
The other highlights of Dunfermline are the abbey and royal palace, located
next to the picturesque Pittencrieff Park, where a statue of Carnegie stands.
Constructed on the site of a Celtic church from the 6th century, the abbey features
a Norman nave, St Margaret's shrine and flying buttresses, while both Queen
Margaret's and King Robert the Bruce's tombs lie in the grounds. The royal palace
is next door to the abbey but only the southwest wall remains.
Other attractions in the area include St Margaret's Cave, the picturesque and
historical village of Culross to the west of town and Loch Leven and Loch Leven
Castle to the north. Edinburgh is only a short drive across the Forth Bridge,
while Perth, Kirkcaldy, Stirling and Glasgow are all within an hour's drive
Several exits from the A90 and M90 motorway from Edinburgh provide access to
Dunfermline and the city lies along the main rail line from London to Dundee,
with connections to either city running throughout the day. National Express
coaches and local bus services run from both Edinburgh International Airport
and Edinburgh Bus Station to Dunfermline.
Selection of hotels in this region:
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