Dunfermline  is the Kingdom of Fife, which is in the Central Belt of Scotland.
Dunfermline Abbey from Pittencrieff Park
The nearest airport to Dunfermline is Edinburgh International Airport (EDI), situated to the south of the Firth of Forth, 14 miles/22km from Dunfermline. Also sometimes known as "Turnhouse", Edinburgh Airport offers a wide range of domestic and international flights to Europe and North America. It costs in the region of £30 for a each way by taxi. (See the Edinburgh article for more details)
Dunfermline is served by 2 railway stations. Dunfermline Town, which is located in the centre of the town, and Dunfermline Queen Margaret, which is located in the northeast of the town, near Queen Margaret Hospital. There is a half hourly (hourly after 19:00) Fife Circle service to Edinburgh Waverley. (See the First ScotRail website for timetable information)
Dunfermline is located near the M90 motorway which runs from the Forth Road Bridge to Perth. Access to the south and centre is via M90 junction 2, and the west is accessed from via junction 3.
There are frequent bus services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, and surrounding towns. The Bus Station has been temporarily relocated to the East Port whilst renovation work goes on, including the demolition of the old bus station to allow for the building of a Kingsgate extension.
- Dunfermline's town centre is fairly well equipped with amenities for the 21st century shopper. Most sites are within walking distance and a bus station is provided for journeys to surrounding areas.
"PlanaJourney" is a free integrated public transport journey planner that covers Dunfermline and includes much of the Scottish, Northern Ireland and UK public transport network. It includes bus, rail, subway, Scottish ferries and internal UK flights. It can assist with planning journeys into and out of Dunfermline from anywhere in the Dunfermline or Fife area or more widely from anywhere in Scotland and the UK. Outside of Scotland and Northern Ireland the bus information is limited.
- Take a stroll around Pittencreiff Park this park was purchased by Andrew Carnegie and donated to the people of the town. There are signed walks of various lengths. The park contains a small museum, gardens and hothouses. In the north eastern section of the park is the remains of King Malcolm's tower. This tower appears on the town crest and dates back to around 1000 AD. Snack vendors in the park also sell bags of nuts with which to feed the squirrels.
If you are just stopping off as part of a longer journey there are several restaurants and fast food places at the Fife Leisure Park. (Exit the M90 at junction 3 and take the Duloch Park exit on the roundabout at the top of the slip road).
- Brewer's Fayre Crooked Glen, Fife Leisure Park, Whimbrel Place, Dunfermline, KY11 8EX (0870 600 1486).
- Pizza Hut Fife Leisure Park, Halbeath, Dunfermline KY11 8EX.
If you are staying in Dunfermline, there are a number of good local restaurants.
- The China Ruby, Dalgety Bay. Thoroughly recommended.
- The hideaway, North-east of the town centre on the road to Kingseat.
- There is a very good cafe between the Abbey and the library, with good views of the Abbey from the terrace - traditional home made cooking.
- The Old Inn Carnock, West of the town on the road to Alloa. This bar and restaurant has a fabulous well priced menu and very friendly staff.
- Culross - Some 10 miles to the west - the village that time forgot. A quaint selection of dwellings, all restored, dating from the 17th and 18th century. Abbey, Town House, Study and Palace all worth a visit.
- Dollar - It takes about 40 minutes by car. Take the A823 in the direction of Crieff and follow the signs for Dollar en route. There are great walks around Dollar Glen and there is the partial ruin of Castle Campbell to explore.
- Falkland - A small village with historic palace, about 40 minutes drive away.
- Kirkcaldy - 15 minutes in car via the A92 dual carriageway or easily by train or bus. Excellent shopping and theatre, parks, museum and art gallery.
- Carnock - A small quiet village with a fantastic pub and restaurant - offering a wide range of home-cooked Scottish dishes including seafood, steaks and pastas and a Comprehensive wine list. Traditional olde-worlde style restaurant with open fires, friendly staff., shop and bed and breakfast. Worth a visit if you are in the area!
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