Dunfermline Travel Guide

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Dunfermline Things to Do

  • 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 timeNow 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...

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  • 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 heroesIt 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...

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  • " 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 ScotlandThis 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 thinkingIt is said that he was in a cave of an island, when he saw...

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  • The Abbot - La Abadía

    Dunferlime was the capital of Scotland and birthplace of monarchs, it had seven kings, an empress, a queen and four princesFrom 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...

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  • Forth bridges

    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....

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  • 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 chineseChiquitos - mexican that's...

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Dunfermline Restaurants

  • High Street dining

    We general use this place after Callum goes to gymnastics on a Wednesday.The lunchtime specials menu offers good value to the shoppers with slightly smaller portions that a normal main. As I require a gluten free menu, I was impressed with the range of choice available. Callum had his 5th birthday party in here with 14 parents and kids. Staff were...

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  • Glen Gourmet

    The Peacock Rooms are part of the Glen Pavillion in Pittencrief Park and are named after the various peacocks that used to roam the park and town (we are currently down to one called Clive but more are being brought in soon).Anyway the cafe is a welcome addition offering coffee and light refreshments and even has a small playroom for the kids....

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  • Great food hot off the grill

    Great looking place that isn't let down by the food or service. Staff are always very helpful and it has a good selection of meals for kids too. Specials are usually posted on their Facebook page.Look out for pie deals on Tuesdays and good value pre-theatre meals.They also now do a Daunder and DIne night on a Wednesday from 1845. The burgers are...

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  • Pre-theatre nosh

    New place that is part of the Alhambra theatre. Never had the chance to go in but very nicely done out.

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  • Coffee shops

    There are plenty of places to grab some caffeine in town which I'll attempt to list here then get some reviews out later.In Kingsgate centre - Debenhams, Starbucks, M&S, Pancake place, open cafe by Boots, cafe opposite the Post OfficeEastport - Costa, Ruebens, Cosy KitchenHigh Street - McDonalds, Giacomo, Carlucci, Cafe by the ParkNear abbey -...

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  • Indian from over the Forth

    Excellent restaurant with byob policy as they don't sell alcohol but do have some great fruit cocktails, We've been for a few meals here and had several takeaways. Great atmosphere in the place and a real treat.You can always try cocktails in Fabric as a pre meal starter. Chicken Karahi

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Dunfermline Nightlife

  • Budget beers

    This branch of Wetherspoons took a long time to open in Dunfermline and it's quite a sad indictment on me that I've still never been in despite it opening over a year ago, kids eh!The kids and Fiona have been in for meals now and then and it's very nicely fitted out with the standard value for money meals on offer.Update - did manage to sneak in...

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  • Dessert Fox

    Monty's was the place to go on weekends when I was younger and hasn't really changed much since. Was shut for a while but noticed open again last weekend.

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  • Best for cocktails

    Stylish bar opposite the library that offers good dining and a wide range of cocktails. Also offers good lunch deals and it a light and airy bar. Smart

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  • Oldest bar in town

    I've been here twice in recent weeks, once for a bar lunch after seeing an advertising board on the High Street and the other for some pre-dinner drinks. On both occasions we used the back bar and it's ambiance is mellow at night and light and cheerful during the day.I can highly recommend the cocktails on offer at night and the barmaid even let us...

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  • 80s Heaven

    Been here just a few times on a weekend but does just what it says on the tin, lots of cheesy music and people that are too old to dance just having a good time anyway.

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  • The Ballroom again!

    This is the largest club in town and was the ballroom in the postwar years that all the young locals fled to. In my younger years in town, this place was in a state of dis-repair but I did make it in a few days after it re-opened its doors in around 2001ish (memory is a bit hazy here). It re-invented itself as Velocity which opened in Christmas...

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Dunfermline Transportation

  • Parking

    The central area of the city is pedestrianised but there is ample parking within walking distance of all the shops and there is a multistorey in Kingsgate centre which is slightly more expensive but does get you out the rain. Parking in the Council car parks is limited to 3 hours in the short stay but is great value at only £2. Walmer Drive is long...

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  • Edinburgh Festival travel

    Stagecoach and Scotrail have recently announced additional late night services from Edinburgh during the Festival which should make the area a more attractive place for people to base themselves due to the cheaper hotel accomodation.Last bus from Edinburgh is now 0025Last train from Waverley to Dunfermline is now 2359 on a Friday only although...

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  • Bus stations

    In common with the excellent facilities offered at Edinburgh and Glasgow bus stations, Dunfermline now has a scaled down version built in the city centre. The station has some lockers, a cafe, news stand and toilets.Stagecoach operate most local bus services which have a D prefix (D79, D92, etc). Interecity buses have an X Prefix. Ferrytoll Park...

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Dunfermline Shopping

  • Duloch shops

    I thought I'd include Tesco as there is a petrol station there and a small group of shops and fast food outlets.We have had many a nice meal from Bombay Brasserie which is licensed, Deep Blue chips shop is good value with some booths if you want to sit in. Also there is a chemist, Greggs the bakers, Pizza Hut (takeaway only) and Subway.There is a...

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  • Overview of the city

    The centre of Dunfermline is good for shopping with a thriving High Street along with Kingsgate shopping centre which includes Debenhams and M&S. There are some nice boutique shops and salons on Maygate too.The old railway properties have now taken on new guises for to cater for the larger shopping units with Dunfermline Upper station now being the...

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  • Wee or Big

    If you spend any time at all in Dunfermline you'll hear locals aligning places to being "by the big Asda" or "up frae the wee Asda". This isn't some sort of code, the wee Asda is the older and more central and is down by the railway arches at St Leonards and the big Asda is on the Eastern edge of the city off Halbeath Road.

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Dunfermline Local Customs

  • Dunfemline - Málaga - Melrose

    In the Abbey is buried Robert Bruce , but his heart is in Melrose AbbeyThis gives rise to a curious story and is that before Robert Bruce died , he asked in his last will to be buried in Scotland , but that his heart should be embalmed and taken to the Crusades in the Holy Land , as he had not been able to go in lifeJames Douglas with six knights...

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  • Find Local Knowledge in some old books

    Back in my college days I used to visit the Central Library frequently, in those far off days you couldn't buy study guides, this made the reference section a must for me. I was so often distracted by the many rare books on view here - not for reading but safely stored in glass cabinets. There is a copy of St. Margaret's Gospel the original can be...

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Dunfermline Off The Beaten Path

  • Childs play

    For those of you with kids that would appreciate play areas, here's a few tipsThere are two play areas in Pittencrief park at the NW corner.We also usePlayplanet in Dalgety Bay - http://www.theplayplanet.co.uk/Ceramic Experience - http://www.theceramicexperience.co.uk/branch_dunfermline.htmCarnegie Leisure Centre -...

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  • A place for memories

    Loch Leven lies not in Fife but in the neighbouring county of Perth & Kinross. On summer days in my childhood with my sisters and later as a young teenager with my now husband, we used to scramble up Benarty Hill and down the other side to lovely Loch Leven. Little has changed, the loch is still a place of beauty surrounded by the Lomond Hills, you...

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  • The Little Village which disappeared

    Having some time left after re discovering Dunfermline, the sun continued to shine, we decided to visit Glencraig the tiny village where I was born. Travelling the few miles through long forgotten towns which haven't changed or improved we came to the sign post 'Welcome to Glencraig'. There was never much in the village but today there are only two...

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Dunfermline Sports & Outdoors

  • Leisure centres

    Fife Sport and Leisure Trust run all council leisure centres in Fife on a not-for-profit status. I use Duloch and Carnegie on a regular basis for swimming and training and both have some great facilites. There is also a Bannatynes at the Fife Leisure Park - http://www.bannatyne.co.uk/healthandfitness/dunfermline/Keavil House in nearby Crossford has...

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  • Dunfermline FC

    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...

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  • by spikester Written Nov 27, 2006

    Favorite thing: Come and see the mighty "Pars" Dunfermline Athletic (football) at East End Park, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline. Struggling this season but we will return to our rightfull place in the Scottish SPL!!

    The Abbey where Robert the Bruce is buried, well most of him! His Heart is aledgedly in Melrose.

    The Glen - Pittencrieff Park where Andrew Carnagie once looked through the gates as a boy and stated that he would own the Land one day and give it to the people of Dunfermline. He did after his steel exploits in America. He gave so much more to the people of Dunfermline which are to much to mention.

    Edinburgh is only a few miles away after you cross either the Forth Rail Bridge or the Road Bridge. Best time to come is when the Edinburgh Festival is on in August. Far cheaper hotels and b&bs than Edinburgh and away from the constant stream of tourists.

    The only two drawbacks for me as a resident is the constant grey cloudy skies during the winter and part of the summer!(well it is Scotland) the "Neds" (Hoodies) that wander around town and spoil the general ambience.

    Fondest memory: Dunfermline is a lovely town. Lovely buildings, great history and brilliant historic sights. Nightlife is not a problem all the pubs and clubs are all within five minutes of each other. There are numerous eaterys all over town to everyones specific taste.

    Best Pub - The Old Inn, Maygate, Dunfermline. Been there since the 19th Century

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