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Dunfermline was the ancient capital of Scotland and is marketed as a gateway to the region north of the Firth of Forth. It is one of the oldest settlements in Scotland with both Iron and Bronze Age remains. Dunfermline has always been a meeting point for various routes through Scotland, and still remains so today.

Dunfermline is mentioned in written records as far back as 506 AD as the center for the Culdee faith. In the mid 11th century, Malcolm III established Dunfermline as a new seat for royal power and it remained the capital of Scotland until the murder of James I in the 1437.

Thereafter the town declined until the introduction of fine damask linen weaving by James Blake in 1718. Dunfermline became a world leader in damask linen production. Linen weaving went into decline after WWI and today Dunfermline is a dormitory town for Edinburgh.

Dunfermline is most famous for Dunfermline Abbey, founded in 1128 by King David I of Scotland and the burial place of his mother, Queen Margaret of Scotland.

Dunfermline - Tourist Attractions

Dunfermline has some notable historical buildings and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Some of the important attractions include:
  • Dunfermline Abbey - the top tourist attraction in Dunfermline, this 12th century abbey was the burial place of many kings of Scotland between the 12th - 14th centuries.
  • Andrew Carnegie Birthplace - museum to the life of Andrew Carnegie, born in Dunfermline and emigrated to the USA where he made a fortune in steel works and then spent the rest of his life giving it away.
  • St Margaret's Cave - cave where St Margaret used to pray, containing a statue of her, underneath the car park behind Dunfermline City Hotel.
  • Dunfermline Heritage Walk - 1.5 hour, free and guided walk around the historic sites of Dunfermline, running on Sundays during the summer.
  • Craigluscar Woodland Walks - fantastic walks through the nearby Craigluscar Woodland with stunning panoramic views over Fife.
  • Abbot House - oldest house in Dunfermline, now a heritage centre with guided tours.
  • National Motorsport Centre of Scotland - located in Knockhill, 2 miles north of Dunfermline with races run here since 1970's and a great day out.
  • Deep Sea World - massive aquarium with the chance to go swimming with sharks, located beneath the world famous Forth Rail Bridge at North Queensferry, 7 miles south of Dunfermline.
  • Scottish Vintage Bus Museum - located in Lathalmond 5 miles north of Dunfermline, containing a collection of historic buses that once served the roads of Scotland.


Dunfermline Tourist & Visitor Information Centre
1 High Street
Dunfermline, Fife
KY12 7DL
Phone: +44 (1383) 720999


Car: Dunfermline is about 25 miles north of Edinburgh on the M90 and A823. It is about 35 miles south of Perth and 30 miles east of Stirling.
Train: Dunfermline Town Rail Station

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