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Dunfermline is a few miles north of the famous Forth Bridge and sits at the western edge of Fife. An ancient seat of Scotland, today it is largely bypassed by visitors and has become something of a dormitory to Edinburgh.

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    Local Sights & Activities for Dunfermline

    Royal Palace

    The Abbey church stands adjacent to the ruined monastery building and the Royal Palace, which are linked by a pend or alleyway. The palace, built when Malcolm and Margaret married, has fallen into ruins, but what little remains still hints at its undoubted magnificence. For centuries, it was a favourite residence of the Kings of Scotland. David II, James I and Charles I were all born here, the latter being the last monarch to be born in Scotland. Apr-Sep daily 0930-1830; Oct-Mar Mon-Wed & Sat 0930-1630, Thu 0930-1230, Sun 1400-1630. Disabled access. Tel. 739026.

    Pittencrief Park

    The beautiful and lavishly endowed Pittencrief Park, known locally as 'the Glen', is opposite the west door of the Abbey. Inside the park is Pittencrief House Museum, built in 1610 and also bought by Carnegie for the people of Dunfermline. It features displays of local history, costumes and an art gallery. The glasshouses (free entry) are filled with tropical plants and flowers, and the art deco pavilion has a restaurant. Here also stands the ruin of Malcolm's Tower, where King Malcolm and his bride lived before the building of the palace. Dunfermline – which means 'fort by the crooked pool' – takes its name from the tower's location. Museum open Apr-Sep daily 1100-1700; Oct-Mar daily 1100-1600. Free. Tel. 722935.

    Abbot House

    In the Maygate is the Abbot House, which was the home of Robert Pitcairn, the post-Reformation Abbot of the Abbey. The house is one of the oldest in Scotland, possibly 14th century, and was restored in 1963. There's a café serving snacks and light lunches. All year daily 1000-1700. £3, £2 concession, children free (if accompanied by an adult. Tel. 733266.

    Saint Margaret's Cave

    Incongruously housed in the stone building in Chalmers street car park is the entrance to Saint Margaret's Cave. The saintly queen often retired here for moments of secret devotion. Her husband, suspicious of her frequent visits to the cave, followed and discovered her kneeling in prayer. Overjoyed that his suspicions were groundless, he had the cave fitted up for her as a place of devotion. Easter to end-Sep daily 1100-1600. Free.

    Dunfermline Museum

    Dunfermline Museum is at Viewfield Terrace, south of the East Port. The Victorian villa has displays concentrating on local history, including the weaving and damask linen industries, for which the town was famous and which greatly contributed to Fife's economic well-being. All year, Mon-Fri. Free. Phone 24 hrs in advance for admission; Tel. 313838.

    Knockhill Racing Circuit

    Four miles north of the town centre, just off the A823, is Knockhill Racing Circuit, Tel. 723337, Scotland's national motorsport centre, which stages major car and motorbike racing events (as well as rally, race and 4x4 driving courses) between April and October, usually on Sunday. £5-20 depending on the event, children under 16 free, OAP/concession half price.

    Town House

    The 19th-century Town House in Bridge Street was designed in the French and Scottish Gothic style, said to be very fashionable at the time. Among its interesting features are the gargoyles and grotesques, depicting the heads of King Robert the Bruce, King Malcolm, Queen Margaret and Queen Elizabeth.

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    Local Venues

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  • Dunfermline Events

    • Dunfermline Folk Weekend

      Opening with a family ceilidh on the Friday evening, the weekend proceeds with a selection of workshops, sessions, open stage, family events and concerts, run by a folk club that's been in existence now for over 50 years

      • Start Date: 24.10.14
    • Fife Jazz Festival

      Fife Jazz Festival is a three day musical feast that brings together a range of music including nostalgic melodies, blue-rocks, R&B and jazz orchestras among others.

      • Start Date: 07.02.14
    • Knockhill Racing Circuit

      2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Knockhill Racing Circuit, Scotland's National Motor Sport Centre. The 2014 Knockhill Racing Circuit will feature Formula Ford, Legends, Minis, Sports & Saloons, Classic Sports & Saloons, Fiesta XR2s and STs. There is always plenty of action to keep you entertained.

      • Start Date: 02.08.14
    • Scottish Motor Show

      Never miss the launch of  new car models in the official Scottish Motor Show.  Entertainment for the whole family including  stunt entertainment, road safety and eco green driving zones and much more.

      • Start Date: 12.07.14
    • Motorfair - The Official Scottish Motorshow

      Knockhill is famous for hosting top motorsport events in the UK; British Touring Cars, British Superbikes and The Scottish Motorshow.

      • Start Date: 16.06.13
    • The Bruce Festival

      The Bruce Festival will create an enjoyable event for everyone. The historic atmosphere and family fun, set against the magnificent backdrop of Dunfermline Abbey in the picturesque Pittencrieff Park will make it an event that will be cherished forever.

      • Start Date: 12.07.14
    • Active Fife Festival

      Active Fife Festival will include three simultaneous sporting celebrations marking the end of the Festival of Sport (1 - 15 September in conjunction with City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian) and the Olympic Period.

      • Start Date: 21.01.13
    • British Superbike Championships

      Knockhill is famous for hosting top motorsport events in the UK; British Touring Cars, British Superbikes and The Scottish Motorshow.

      • Start Date: 14.06.14
    • Festival of Historic Transport

      We are a small club, the members of which own or have an interest in a variety of older or classic motor vehicles. These can range from mopeds to double decker buses.

      • Start Date: 15.06.14
    • Scottish Speedfair and Classic Car Festival

      An interesting racing and rally event that offers something special for everyone.

      • Start Date: 09.09.14
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