Dunfermline is a town in east central
Scotland, 19 miles northwest of Edinburgh, extremely popular
for visits to its historic Abbey Church that contains the
grave of King Robert the Bruce and shrine
of Saint Margaret.
The image top right is of the large Glen
Bridge car park in Dunfermline centre, ideally
situated for the top attractions in the
One of the top attractions in Dunfermline is
Cave, situated in the corner of this car
park, with 80 steps down to the cave.
The spire in this image is of the Town Hall
on the High Street. Dunfermline Abbey Church is
situated by the Town Hall, and Pittencrieff
Park is situated next to the Abbey.
The image second top is of the Cross in the
middle of the High Street. This is a popular
seating area and meeting place. Many of the top
shops, cafes, bar diners and restaurants are on
the High Street, or on the streets leading off
the High Street.
The image third top is of Pittencrieff Park
at the entrance from the bottom of the High
Street. The statue here is of Andrew
Carnegie, born in Dunfermline in 1835.
Carnegie was taken by his parents to America in
1848, where he became one of the most
successful businessmen in the world through the
Carnegie bought Skibo Castle
north of Inverness in 1898, aged 63, to serve
as his home on visits to Scotland.
From 1901, Carnegie began using up his vast
wealth by building public libraries and
universities in the USA and Scotland.
In 1902, Carnegie bought Pittencrieff Estate
for the people of Dunfermline to serve as a
public park. He had grown up in Dunfermline
when the estate was private, a time when locals
could only dream of experiencing the grandeur
of the buildings and grounds.
The estate house is now used as a Carnegie
Museum, there are many scenic walks, vast
grasslands, kids play areas, large scenic
walled garden, and remains of a castle used by
Scottish Kings, known as Malcolm's Tower.
The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace
Museum is situated on Moodie Street, a
short walk south of the Pittencrieff Park. View
the location on a Map.
Malcolm III of Scotland made Dunfermline the
seat of his government in the 1070s, and
married Princess Margaret here, later Saint
Dunfermline Abbey Church was founded by
Malcolm III and his wife Margaret. The Abbey
was extended over the following centuries by
their descendants. The now partially ruined
Abbey and Palace are run by Historic Scotland
with a small charge to enter.
Next to the Abbey is the Abbey Church. The
left hand section in this image was built in
the 1100s, and right side in the 1800s.
King Robert the Bruce is buried in the new
section, and the shrine to Saint Margaret is
situated at the end of the new section. The new
section is free to enter to view the tomb of
Robert the Bruce. There is a gift shop in the
The image bottom is of the Abbot House next to the Abbey.
This is the oldest building in Dunfermline,
built in the 1500s, and survived the Great Fire
of Dunfermline in 1624. The house now normally
serves as a museum.