"Dunfermline: Walking Through Scottish History" Dunfermline by Tom_Fields

Dunfermline Travel Guide: 132 reviews and 285 photos


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.

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  • Pros:Centuries of history
  • In a nutshell:While staying in Edinburgh, come check it out
  • Last visit to Dunfermline: Jul 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2006 at 8:28 AM

    Very good insight into the history of dunfermline :)

  • Igraine's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2006 at 2:19 PM

    Seems like a great place to see some of Scotlands history!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2006 at 11:07 AM

    Tom your page re kindles wonderful memories for me - I frequented Pittencrieff park regularly but knew it as Dunfermline Glen - your name is right off course


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