Abbey Church of Dunfermline, Scotland

This afternoon I visited the ancient city of Dunfermline (pop 50,000) in the east of Scotland, about one hour north of Edinburgh.

Dunfermline benefits from a high elevation which affords excellent views over the Firth of Forth and bridges to the east.

Key features are:

  • Medieval Abbey and former Royal Palace.
  • Birthplace (1835) of Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie who endowed his home town with public buildings.
  • Burial place of King Robert the Bruce inside Abbey Church.
  • 16th century Abbot House.
  • 17th century, Pittencrieff House. This was the birthplace of Brigadier General John Forbes (1707-1759) whose British army defeated the French in North America and named Pittsburgh after William Pitt the Elder.
  • A well maintained public space and gardens, Pittencrieff Park.
  • A medieval Mercat Cross.

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Birthplace of Andrew Carnegie, Dunfermline

War Memorial, Dunfermline

Mercat Cross, Dunfermline

Pittencrieff Park

Pittencrieff House

Pittencrieff Park

Bridge Street, Dunfermline

Dunfermline City Chambers

Decorative ironwork at Dunfermline Abbey

Abbot House, Dunfermline

Abbey Church and Abbey at Dunfermline

Dunfermline Carnegie Library

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