DunfermlineDunfermline (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Phàrlain, Scots: Dunfaurlin) is a historic town in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland. It is the ancient capital of Scotland, and the birthplace of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie - at one time the richest man in the world. Dunfermline Abbey is the burial place of Robert The Bruce, while Pittencrieff Park (known locally as The Glen) is one of the most attractive parks in Scotland
By planeEdinburgh Airport has good flight connections across Europe and UK and within Scotland. A direct bus runs from airport stop G across the old Forth Road Bridge to Inverkeithing (for the train) and Halbeath (for the local bus). This is the Stagecoach Jet 747 which takes 30 min and costs £7.50 single and £14 for a return within 28 days. It runs daily 24 hours, every 20 mins daytime.
By trainDunfermline has two railway stations: Dunfermline Town is in town centre and is northeast, near Queen Margaret Hospital. From Edinburgh take the Fife Loop Train to Inverkeithing and Dunfermline, running every 30 mins. This continues clockwise inland to Glenrothes with Thornton, returns to the coast at Kirkcaldy then loops back to Inverkeithing and Edinburgh. Don't be on the anti-clockwise train, which follows the coast from Inverkeithing to Kirkcaldy before looping back via Glenrothes with Thornton to Dunfermline.
By carDunfermline is located near the M90 motorway which runs from the Forth Road Bridge to Perth. Access to the south and centre is via M90 junction 2, and the west is accessed from via junction 3.
By busThere are frequent bus services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, and surrounding towns. The Bus Station has been temporarily relocated to the East Port whilst renovation work goes on, including the demolition of the old bus station to allow for the building of a Kingsgate extension.
- Dunfermline's town centre is fairly well equipped with amenities for the 21st century shopper. Most sites are within walking distance and a bus station is provided for journeys to surrounding areas.
address: KY12 7PDThe Abbey dates back to the 11th century, and is mainly ruined, but with a surviving impessive nave.
Carnegie LibraryThe world's first Carnegie Library
phone: +44 1383 602302address: East Port, KY12 7JA540-seat theatre named after Andrew Carnegie, who was born in Dunfermline.
phone: +44 1383 724302address: Moodie Street, KY12 7PL
Pittencrieff ParkTake a stroll around this park which was purchased by Andrew Carnegie and donated to the people of the town. There are signed walks of various lengths. The park contains a small museum, gardens and hothouses. In the north eastern section of the park is the remains of King Malcolm's tower. This tower appears on the town crest and dates back to around 1000 AD. Snack vendors in the park also sell bags of nuts with which to feed the squirrels.
phone: +44 1383 737152address: Fife Leisure Park, Whimbrel Place, KY11 8EXFlorida style adventure golf, featuring two 18 hole courses; Treasure Island and Pirates Cove. Floodlit at night. Located on the Eastern edge of town.
If you are just stopping off as part of a longer journey there are several restaurants and fast food places at the Fife Leisure Park. (Exit the M90 at junction 3 and take the Duloch Park exit on the roundabout at the top of the slip road). If you are staying in Dunfermline, there are a number of good local restaurants.
phone: +44 1383 622477address: Whimbrel Place, Fife Leisure Place, KY11 8EX
phone: +44 1383 840 070address: Crooked Glen, Fife Leisure Park, Whimbrel Place, KY11 8EX
Pizza Hutaddress: Fife Leisure Park, Halbeath, KY11 8EX
address: Dalgety BayThoroughly recommended.
The Abbot Houseis a very good cafe between the Abbey and the library, with good views of the Abbey from the terrace - traditional home made cooking.
phone: +44 1383 850381address: 8 Main St, Carnock
The Bengal Tigeraddress: Pittencrieff StreetIndian Restaurant, offers excellent food, and has special half price offers every Sunday to Friday night inclusive.
Gratziaddress: Carnegie DriveTasty Spanish and Italian.
phone: +44 1383 872257address: The Green, Charlestown, KY11 3EE
address: Aberdour Road
address: Queensferry Road
phone: +44 1383 748220address: Halbeath Road, Halbeath
phone: +44 870 600 1486address: 4-12 Whimbrel Place, Fife Leisure Park
address: Halbeath Junction, Halbeath
address: 31/33 Boreland Road, Inverkeithing, KY11 1DAA family-run hotel.
address: Crossford, KY12 8QWA 72 bedroom 4 star country house hotel in its own grouds. Cardoon Restaurant, Weddings & Events and the extensive Picture of Health Club & Spa.
- Aberdour - Described as "The Jewel of Fife", Aberdour is a historic and stunningly attractive coastal village. Aberdour Castle is a must-see, as well as the Blue-Flag awarded beach the Silver Sands. There are also several pubs, restaurants, and boutique shops. 15 minutes drive East of Dunfermline, or hop on the regular train/bus services.
- Culross - Some 10 miles to the west - the village that time forgot. A quaint selection of dwellings, all restored, dating from the 17th and 18th century. Abbey, Town House, Study and Palace all worth a visit.
- Dollar - It takes about 40 minutes by car. Take the A823 in the direction of Crieff and follow the signs for Dollar en route. There are great walks around Dollar Glen and there is the partial ruin of Castle Campbell to explore.
- Falkland - A small village with historic palace, about 40 minutes drive away.
- Kirkcaldy - 15 minutes in car via the A92 dual carriageway or easily by train or bus. Excellent shopping and theatre, parks, museum and art gallery.