I've only been to watch a match at East End Park once but I was impressed with this tidy little stadium. Dunfermline have struggled this season since being relegated from the SPL but I'd hope to see them promoted again, especially to see their excellent fans who were a credit to the city at last years Cup Final against Celtic.
The Elizabethan is the nearest pub that happily hosts visiting fans.
A Place to Play
Pittencrieff Park was once owned by the Lairds of Pittencrieff it was sold to Andrew Carnegie in 1902. He gifted the park to the people of Dunfermline and the generations which followed. I remember fondly visiting the park with my sisters and later with my own children. The wide open green spaces are perfect for boisterous children, there are three childrens' play areas with swings and slides, a paddling pool (in summer) and an aviary to keep all little darlings entertained. The park has formal gardens, a special place for me now, with an impressive Glass Hall Conservatory. The Pavilion restaurant and cafe can provide you with snacks and a welcome cup of tea or coffee, the Pavilion is also popular for corporate events and weddings. My best memories are of the wide paths where we sped with great joy on our bikes. A nice family park to while away some time away from the town and traffic.
Pittencrief Park is a park near the centre of the town. It was gifted to the town, by it's greatest son, Andrew Carnegie, who went on to be an industrial baron in the US, but never forgot his roots.
It is said he was fascinated by this land as a child, but it was private so he could never get in there. So when he had the money he bought the place and opened it up to the public.
The park also contains Pittencrief house, a mansion which now houses a museum.
Dunfermline: Walking Through Scottish History
This is one of Scotland's most historic towns. Once the capital of Scotland, it is famous for its medieval abbey, ruined palace, and the Abbot's House museum. It is also the birthplace of the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.
Dunfermline is only a short rail journey from Edinburgh. It is an excellent day outing.
"What does "Dunfermline" Mean?"
The river here makes a sharp bend around a hill, creating a natural defensive strong point. Like Durham and Shrewsbury in England, the town began as a fort. The name comes from old Gaelic, and means a bend in the river.
Face the Sharks at Deep Sea World
"A Good Day Out"
Deep Sea World can be found in North Queensferry. Its fairly expensive to get in to but once in you can stay as long as you want.
For myself and two children it cost £21.15. A family pass is about £28.
There is quite a lot to see and is perfect for a rainy afternoon, which happens a lot in Scotland!!
"Other Man Eaters!"
One of the many tanks on display.
There is a lot of information posted around the various tanks about the exhibits.
"Round the World"
Most of the exhibits in the main area are divided in to regions of the world.
"WHAT YOU GO FOR!!"
After you have looked at the tanks upstairs and been to the Touch Pool, you make your way down to see the Sharks.
Once you get there, you have the option to walk round on a path or you can hop on a flat slow- moving conveyer belt.
This allows you to move slowly through the tunnel.
Every so often a commentary is broadcast through speakers.
Its an ideal way to see the fish as they swim directly over your head and all round about you.
Perfect for spotting and pics!
The sharks swim all over the place so you have to keep a sharp eye out for them.
They have bad press but when you see them so close up you realise what beautiful creatures they are.
The sharks are fed in public view at times indicated at the entrance.
You may even be lucky enough to see divers who are inspecting things or cleaning.
Or even more fool hardy it might be someone daft enough or brave enough to volunteer to swim with the sharks to raise money for charity!
This is how close you come to these magnificent creatures!
"A New Feature"
One of the new features at Deep Sea World is the Seal Sanctuary.
When we visited they had 2 seals in there.
Again plenty of room for them to swim about and play!
Great fun to watch but serving a very useful purpose.