Visit Dunfermline and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Dunfermline, Fife. This famous royal burgh grew round the Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret, the foundations of whose church are under the present nave, which is late Norman and constructed by masons from Durham. The Church of Scotland occupies the site of the choir, but at the East end the remains of the 13th century St Margaret's shrine can be seen. This shrine is the object of a yearly pilgrimage of Scottish Catholics. King Robert (Robert Bruce) was buried in the choir, his grave being marked by a modern brass. The ruins of some monastic buildings are still visible. The Guest House was later reconstructed as a royal palace.
The site of the great Warrior King's grave was located for certain only in 1818, when some reconstructions were being made. Before the high altar was a grave containing a skeleton in what may have been the remains of royal robes. What identified the bones as those of Bruce was the fact that the breast-bone had been neatly sawn asunder and something extracted from the body after death.
That “something” was his heart, which he had given instructions on his deathbed to be taken on a Crusade to the Holy Land. His instructions were obeyed. Douglas took the heart. He fell in battle, but the King's heart was recovered and brought back to Melrose.
The town was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1624. Later it developed as a centre for weaving, an early branch of the British Linen Company being set up in 1749.
Andrew Carnegie (d. 1919), the son of a damask-weaver, was born in a small cottage in 1835. This cottage is now open, and it holds mementoes of him. Carnegie gave to Scotland and the world 2,500 libraries; Dunfermline, his native place, received the first. He also handed over Pittencrieff Glen to the town, and provided a fund to develop the beautiful gardens, trees, and public buildings. The beautifully restored 16th century Abbot's House in Maygate is a few yards from the first Carnegie Library.
The Forth Road Bridge has brought welcome trade.
Nearby towns: Burntisland, Cowdenbeath, Dalgety Bay, Dollar, Inverkeithing, Kinross, North Queensferry, Queensferry, Rosyth
Nearby villages: Abercorn, Aberdour, Ballingry, Blackness, Blairhall, Bo ness, Bridgend, Cairneyhill, Charlestown, Cowdenbeath, Crossford, Crossgates, Culross, Donibristle, Fordell, Foulford, Halbeath, Kelty, Kingseat, Limekilns, Linlithgow, Lochgelly, Low Torry, Oakley, Philpstoun, Pitreavie, Rumblingbridge, Saline, St. Davids, Torryburn, Townhill, Valleyfield, Whitecross
Have you decided to visit Dunfermline or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Dunfermline bed and breakfast (a Dunfermline B&B or Dunfermline b and b)
- a Dunfermline guesthouse
- a Dunfermline hotel (or motel)
- a Dunfermline self-catering establishment, or
- other Dunfermline accommodation