History and Heritage

Discover Dunfermline Tours

Discover Dunfermline Tours

Prepare To Be Amazed By Our Tours! Dunfermline, Scotlands old capital city has such a rich history it has to be experienced to be understood. What makes Dunfermline so special? Andrew Carnegie – the man who gave away $350,000,000 of his fortune was born in Dunfermline in 1835. Visit his humble birthplace and memorial hall to discover the story! Dunfermline Abbey – the most important of Scottish Ab... »

Forth Pilgrim

Forth Pilgrim

The Forth Pilgrim experience lets you revisit medieval times by exploring Scotland’s rich history on location. Step back in time and discover a world of mystery, scandal and miracles.   The Pilgrim’s Tale Pilgrims were a funny old mix of all sorts of folk who wanted to travel to a holy site, generally the shrine of a saint or a holy well. For some this may have been a string of such sit... »

Old Dunfermline

Old Dunfermline

The website ‘Old Dunfermline’ features a wide selection of images from Dunfermline over the past one hundred years, including streets that are no longer in existence, long forgotten buildings, people and places. Dunfermline was the medieval capital of Scotland for over five hundred years and home to two of Scotland’s most famous historical figures, King Robert the Bruce and Andrew Carnegie. It was... »

Royal Tombs, Dunfermline

Royal Tombs, Dunfermline

CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY (THE NAVE) OF DUNFERMLINE ABBEY Dunfermline’s story in the history of Scotland, the Culdees link, and the effect of Macbeth being killed by Malcolm III.The destruction of Iona and King Malcolm making Dunfermline the place for Royal burials. King Malcolm III and Queen Margaret were buried in the Nave of Dunfermline Abbey. Queen Margaret was made a Saint in 1249, her... »

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will be a spectacular new museum and art gallery in the heart of Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter. Designed by award-winning architect Richard Murphy, the new and imaginative build will integrate superbly with the world’s first Carnegie Library. The Galleries will bring the past, present and future of Dunfermline – one of Scotland’s ancient Royal capitals... »

North Queensferry Light Tower

North Queensferry Light Tower

Did you know that the world’s smallest working Light Tower sits on the Town Pier, North Queensferry, alongside one of the engineering wonders of the world, the Forth Bridge? Built in 1817 by Robert Stevenson as a key part of the Queensferry Passage across the Forth, this tiny part of Scottish maritime history has now been carefully restored to full working order. It reopened to the public in... »

Lochleven Castle

Lochleven Castle

This late 14th or early 15th century tower was the setting for the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. It was here in 1567 that she was imprisoned and forced to abdicate before her dramatic escape a year later. Visitors can enjoy the fragrance from the large beds of pink purslane in the south and east wooded walks from April to July.   Highlights The boat ride – follow in ... »

Royal Burgh of Culross

Royal Burgh of Culross

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Royal Dunfermline

Royal Dunfermline

Dunfermline signifies in Gaelic, the fort by the crooked rivulet; the fort refers to the building called Malcolm Canmore’s tower that was placed on the peninsular mount in Pittencrieff glen. Dun signifies either a hill or a fort, because the strongholds were generally built on eminences. Fiar means crooked or winding, and loin or lyn, a pool and running water. In later times dun in Gaelic, a... »

St Margaret’s Cave

St Margaret’s Cave

Queen Margaret came here to pray over 900 years ago. Then there was only a wooded path by a stream at the bottom of the valley with a short climb up to the small cave. Now there’s a tunnel with 87 steps leading deep underground.   Who was St Margaret? Margaret was a Saxon princess, granddaughter of King Edmund Ironside of England, born around 1047 in Hungary where her exiled father had ... »

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