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Dunfermline is a town in east central Scotland, 19 miles northwest of Edinburgh, extremely popular for visits to its historic Abbey Church that contains the grave of King Robert the Bruce and shrine of Saint Margaret.

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The image top right is of the large Glen Bridge car park in Dunfermline centre, ideally situated for the top attractions in the town.

One of the top attractions in Dunfermline is St Margaret's Cave, situated in the corner of this car park, with 80 steps down to the cave.

The spire in this image is of the Town Hall on the High Street. Dunfermline Abbey Church is situated by the Town Hall, and Pittencrieff Park is situated next to the Abbey.

The image second top is of the Cross in the middle of the High Street. This is a popular seating area and meeting place. Many of the top shops, cafes, bar diners and restaurants are on the High Street, or on the streets leading off the High Street.

The image third top is of Pittencrieff Park at the entrance from the bottom of the High Street. The statue here is of Andrew Carnegie, born in Dunfermline in 1835. Carnegie was taken by his parents to America in 1848, where he became one of the most successful businessmen in the world through the steel industry.

Carnegie bought Skibo Castle north of Inverness in 1898, aged 63, to serve as his home on visits to Scotland.

From 1901, Carnegie began using up his vast wealth by building public libraries and universities in the USA and Scotland.

In 1902, Carnegie bought Pittencrieff Estate for the people of Dunfermline to serve as a public park. He had grown up in Dunfermline when the estate was private, a time when locals could only dream of experiencing the grandeur of the buildings and grounds.

The estate house is now used as a Carnegie Museum, there are many scenic walks, vast grasslands, kids play areas, large scenic walled garden, and remains of a castle used by Scottish Kings, known as Malcolm's Tower.

The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum is situated on Moodie Street, a short walk south of the Pittencrieff Park. View the location on a Map.

Malcolm III of Scotland made Dunfermline the seat of his government in the 1070s, and married Princess Margaret here, later Saint Margaret.

Dunfermline Abbey Church was founded by Malcolm III and his wife Margaret. The Abbey was extended over the following centuries by their descendants. The now partially ruined Abbey and Palace are run by Historic Scotland with a small charge to enter.

Next to the Abbey is the Abbey Church. The left hand section in this image was built in the 1100s, and right side in the 1800s.

King Robert the Bruce is buried in the new section, and the shrine to Saint Margaret is situated at the end of the new section. The new section is free to enter to view the tomb of Robert the Bruce. There is a gift shop in the church.

The image bottom is of the Abbot House next to the Abbey. This is the oldest building in Dunfermline, built in the 1500s, and survived the Great Fire of Dunfermline in 1624. The house now normally serves as a museum.

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