The ancient capital of Scotland, Dunfermline is defined by its royal and monastic past. The town is the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie, who was once the world's richest man, the final resting place of over ten Scottish kings and queens, and has a royal palace.
In modern times, the ex-city (it lost its status in 1970) has become a hub for textiles and engineering. Its population of around 45,000 is served by a number of theatres, which visitors can also make good use of during their stay.
Dunfermline Abbey Location
International visitors to Dunfermline can reach the town by flying to Edinburgh International Airport, which is located 14 miles south of the city.
Domestic travellers can utilise the town's two railway stations. Dunfermline Town is in the centre, while Dunfermline Queen Margaret is in the north-east of the settlement. Services run every half an hour to Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, motorists can take the M90 to Dunfermline from the south, exiting at junction two. Drivers should check with their accommodation that parking will be available.
Those visiting from nearby may want to take a bus. There are services running from the town to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Perth.
Once in the town, Dunfermline has a Plan-a-Journey service, which integrates the town's transport systems allowing visitors to easily navigate themselves between different attractions.
Why Visit Dunfermline?
Dunfermline Palace and Abbey has to be top of any visitor to the town's list of to do. The Benedictine building was founded in the 11th century and much of the original structure still remains for visitors to enjoy. The building was also the birthplace of Charles I.
Perhaps equally famous is the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, which as the name suggests is the place where its namesake began his illustrious life. Carnegie was a weaver's son who from humble beginnings found fortune in the US steel industry. Visitors can gain a deeper insight into his early life at this attraction.
Other worthwhile sites to visit in Dunfermline include the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, St Margaret's Cave and Townhill Country Park.
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