Whilst Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle the most visited attraction, back in older times it was a different story. It was Dunfermline which was the capital of Scotland (prior to 1437), with its Abbey being the centrepiece. Located a few miles away once you cross the Forth Bridge travelling north from Edinburgh – it is a must see for all visitors coming to Scotland.
1, Dunfermline Abbey. The foundation of the monastic establishment took place between 1058 – 1093, whilst the Abbey was founded in 1128, so there are plenty of ancient footsteps to follow in. It is most associated with King Robert 1, more commonly known as “Robert the Bruce”. He was one of the most famous warriors and led Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against England. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland’s place as an independent nation and is today remembered in Scotland as a national hero. After his death in 1329, the body of Robert the Bruce is buried here, whilst his heart is at Melrose Abbey. The tower of the church bears the words `King Robert the Bruce` which is carved in stone around the top and inside, beneath the pulpit, is his tomb. Nearby are the remains of the other monastic buildings, including the large refectory and the ruin of the Royal Palace, rebuilt in the sixteenth century for James VI.
2, Andrew Carnegie’s Birthplace Museum. Walking down the street from Dunfermline Abbey you will find the cottage where the famous industrialist Andrew Carnegie was born. It is now a visitor attraction and at the museum you can find out what life was like in 19th century Dunfermline and what it was like to emigrate to America with just a few possessions. Learn how Andrew Carnegie, a weaver’s son from Dunfermline, made a fortune in steel in America to became the richest man in the world and who then gave his fortune away to benefit humanity.
3, Dunfermline Golf Club. Whilst Fife is synonymous with the game of golf, mainly through St Andrews, even they cannot compete with this Dunfermline golf club as it comes with its own castle, Pitfirrane Castle. The club was founded in 1887 and moved to this site in 1953, when it took over the parklands and castle. The castle dates back to the 16th century, with the staircase being dated as1583, with later additions through the centuries. Visitors are welcome to play golf, and the course has great views overlooking Dunfermline, the Abbey and the castle.
Whilst there are many other activities in this area, including a trip to Scotland’s national aquarium, Deep Sea World at North Queensferry or to Falkland Palace, for those seeking a self-catering large holiday house in Fife, then this Impressive Country House overlooking Dunfermline would be ideal. This large Victorian country house set on the hill above offers accommodation for up to 18 people on a self-catering basis. This is a comfortable holiday house with a relaxed atmosphere, which is ideal for large groups of people to get-together to enjoy quality time with each other in the Edinburgh/Fife area. Contact Scotts Castle Holidays today for more details.