KNOCKHILL RACING CIRCUIT
A couple of miles north of the town is Knockhill race circuit which hosts many top class events throughout the year (Bikes and Cars). Check out their website for details of events. Certain days of the week the track is open to the general public to try their skills at riding their own bike or car. Knockhill is Scotland’s only accredited FIA and MSA approved venue!
PITTENCRIEFF PARK----THE CONSERVATORY
It is always interesting to wander around the conservatory which is divided in to 3 sections. This 200 ft long conservatory replaced the old one back in 1973. The main area has a running stream with a wooden bridge over it, surrounded by exotic flowers. There are plants from all over the world and also of particular interest is the area where they have fossilised trees.
TAKE A WALK
There are many walks to take in and around Dunfermline, a few of which you can see on the link below
There is also the Ramblers Club of which my Dad was a member for 40 years. Anyone can join the walks. details below.
Also this link may be interesting in finding a walk within 25 miles of the city.
This was one of my favorite walks, but it is 15 miles so i normally caught the bus back. The hike is along a disused railway line.
- Hiking and Walking
The Abbot House / La Casa del Abad
The Abbot's house, the "pink house" is the oldest building in Dunfermline, which has survived fires and the passage of time
Now is a cultural heritage center where you can review the history of Dunfermline, arrange visits or take something in their coffee shop
I the garden door they had a splendid "thistle"
La casa del Abad, la "casa rosa" es el edificio más antiguo de Dunfermline , que ha sobrevivido incendios y el paso del tiempo
Actualmente es un centro cultural donde se puede repasar la historia de Dunfermline , organizar visitas o reponer fuerzas en su cafetería
En la puerta tenía un "cardo" espléndido
The Abbey - Interior
Inside the Abbey we highlight the grave with the body of Robert the Bruce and the stained glass windows where appear The Bruce and other Scottish heroes
It is curious that two pillars of the six pillars on both sides, have carved a 'chevron ' and create the optical sensation that columns are of different diameters from top to bottom
Dentro de la Abadía podemos destacar la tumba del cuerpo de Robert the Bruce y las vidrieras de las ventanas en las que aparece The Bruce y otros héroes escoceses
Es curioso que en dos pilares de los seis pilares que hay a ambos lados, han tallado una "espiguilla" y crean la sensación óptica que las columnas son de distinto diámetro de arriba y abajo
" King Robert the Bruce "
In the tower of the Abbey you can see the inscription "King Robert the Bruce" oriented to the four cardinal points of Scotland
This famous and beloved king, warrior and leader of the Scots has an anecdote of the spider that is interesting and shows us which was his way of living and thinking
It is said that he was in a cave of an island, when he saw a spider trying to make its web from one side of the roof of the cave to another and whenever she did not get it , she started again until finally got it. From this story came the phrase: "If at first you do not succeed , try, try, try again"
In fact in his battles he suffered many defeats, but he kept trying, getting increasingly more people support and the final victory
En la torre de la Abadía se puede ver la inscripción " King Robert the Bruce " orientada a los cuatro puntos cardinales de Escocia
De este famoso y querido rey , guerrero y líder de los Escoceses podemos contar una anecdota , la de la araña que es interesante, pues nos demuestra cual fue su forma de vivir y de pensar
Se dice que estaba en la cueva de una isla cuando vio a una araña que intentaba hacer su tela de un lado al otro del techo de la cueva , pero que cada vez que no lo conseguía volvía a empezar hasta que por fin lo consiguió . De aquí surgió la frase : " si la primera vez no lo consigues sigue intentándolo de nuevo "
De hecho en sus batallas sufrió muchas derrotas, pero lo siguió intentando consiguiendo que cada vez le apoyara más gente y la victoria final
The Abbot - La Abadía
Dunferlime was the capital of Scotland and birthplace of monarchs, it had seven kings, an empress, a queen and four princes
From the eleventh century there was a church of the Benedictine Fathers, but it was when David I in century XII made it an Abbey
In 1560 when the reform began the Abbey was sacked and began to crumble and after the years it has survived with several repairs and renovations and now houses the remains of the Royalty of Scotland, 9 kings , the most famous Robert the Bruce and queens and princesses
You can walk the Abbey in the outside, which is surrounded by a cemetery, where there are memories of the dead who died by the plague, and you can go around the building admiring its architecture
Dunferlime fue la capital de Escocia y cuna de Monarcas , en ella nacieron siete Reyes, una emperatriz, una reina y cuatro príncipes
Desde el siglo XI existió una iglesia de los padres Benedictinos , pero fue en siglo XIl cuando David I la convirtió en Abadía
En 1560 cuando empezó la reforma saquearon la Abadía y empezó a derruirse, después de los años ha sobrevivido a varios arreglos y renovaciones y hoy alberga los restos de de la realeza de Escocia , 9 Reyes , el más famoso Robert de Bruce y de reinas y princesas
Se puede pasear por el exterior que está rodeado por un cementerio , donde hay recuerdos a los muertos que fallecieron por la peste , y se puede rodear el edificio admirando su estilo arquitectónico
As I've previously mentioned I like architecture and the 2 current crossings show engineering firsts in the 19th & 20th centuries. Not sure if the 3rd bridge that is under construction will match their ambition.
Great views to be had from both North & South Queensferry although the later is slightly better as the bridges taper in towards the North. You can walk over the road bridge with the Queensferry Hotel being a good finish point where you can grab an afternoon tea.
Fife Leisure Park
I'm almost reluctant to add this as a tourist tip but appreciate that people will enjoy the facilities on offer here. There is primarily an Odeon cinema with Costa inside, Bowlplex, Bingo and Bannatynes Health Club which are the supported by an increasing array of restaurants such as:
Eastern Buffet - good value chinese
Chiquitos - mexican that's really nice
Frankie & Bennies - Al Pacino doesn't cook here
Crooked Glen - Brewers Fayre pub that has a inside large soft play area
Pizza Hut - great for GF pizza nowadays
Nandos - crazy hot portugese chicken
McDonalds & KFC - :(
Toni Macaroni - not been
Papa Joes - not been
Mayas - very nice curry according to stepson
There is also a Dobbies garden centre that has a good cafe and of course Aventure Island crazy golf!
- Family Travel
The park was yet another gift from Andrew Carnegie who purchased the Pittencrief estate and turned it into a park for the common good. I've lived in Dunfermline for years and still haven't made it through the various paths down by the stream that runs through the eastern edge.
The locals also only refer to this place as the Glen.
There is a free car park off Pittencrief Street which does get busy but there are more spaces by the pavillion which is accessed from the car park in the SW corner. If walking then access is easiest from the bottom of the High Street but there is a nice but steep path that runs down from opposite the abbey past King Malcolm's tower (take a bag of nuts for the squirrels).
There are two kids play areas, a cafe, the pavilion, a museum in Pittencrief House and a formal garden and greenhouse.
- Family Travel
- Castles and Palaces
The Bruce Festival takes place in August each year and has increased in size over the last few years.
Last year the venue was moved to a larger space in the SW corner of Pittencrief Park and we managed to enjoy watching some jousting before the King Robert defeated the english yet again in a playfull fun fight. Then the rain started, we managed to sprint to Abbot House and took shelter in the excellent basement cafe.
The Hog Roast was an excellent snack but the queue moved very slowly and Rubens usually has some guest ales on offer too.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
The Alhambra has undergone a great transformation in recent years and now also has the Green Room cafe open as well. Plenty of diverse acts on throughout the year but best book before you travel as many sell out.
- Theater Travel
Take a short trip of a few miles from Dunfermline to this picturesque little village that lies on the banks of the Firth of Forth. The village dates back to the mid 14th century when it was a fishing village but now i is just a laid back place to be. There is a small park by an old pier where you can sit and enjoy the view of the Forth, or if it's chilly pop in to the local pub, not far from the car park by the old pier.
Culross (pronounced Coo-ross) is a historical village that had its hay-day 400 years ago as an important trading center on the Firth of Forth. Nowadays it is a sleepy village visited by quite a few tourists on Sundays who wander around the cobbled stone narrow streets. Mercat Cross is at the center, from which you can stroll up the hill to the old Abbey Church Ruins. You can also visit the 400 year old Townhouse which is now a visitors center for the Scottish National Trust. Don't forget to visit the Palace and garden too.
- Historical Travel
The only survivor.
The Abbot House in Dunfermline is a tremendous old building and is probably the only surviving structure in the town from the Great Fire of 1624. Despite the obvious attractions of the building itself, which reflects architectural styles from many centuries, the place has various functions now all under the umbrella title of "Heritage Centre".
There are guided tours available although regrettably I did not have time to take one. Instead, I popped into the lovely little coffeeshop / restaurant for a quick coffee after exploring the Palace, Abbey and Nave (see seperate tips). There is also a giftshop here with a tie-in to a local art gallery and various events are held in the building.
Don't forget to have a look round the very pleasant herb garden originally planted (probably not personally!) by Lady Anne Halkett in the 17th century. Recent archaelogical excavations in the garden have provided some very interesting finds including a large dog that stands an impressive 86 centimetres at the shoulder.
Abbot House is run to a great extent by volunteers and is worthy of support, it is a lovely place.
- Food and Dining
- Historical Travel