The site of the historic capital of Scotland and the burial place of Robert the Bruce, the town of Dunfermline is one of the oldest in Scotland. When you visit here, it is easy to see the remains of old iron forts, Bronze Age settlements and an abbey that date back to the 12th
century. The new parish church now stands where this abbey was located and the grave of Scotland's hero, Robert the Bruce is buried beneath the pulpit. The famous American, Andrew Carnegie, was also born in Dunfermline. In spite of his wealth across the sea, he never forgot his hometown and made very generous gifts, such as Carnegie Centre, Pittencrieff Park, the town library and Lauder College. The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum gives details about the life of one of the world's richest men.
Throughout its history, Dunfermline has been a town of industry. Table linen was manufactured here and the weaving of damask brought fame to the town in the 1700's. Other industries that have helped to sustain the economy include dyeing and bleaching, brass and ironwork, tanning, machine-making, brewing and distilling, milling, as well as making rope, soap and candles.
Today, Dunfermline has gained status as a residential area for people who commute to Edinburgh for work. Due to the high costs of housing in Edinburgh, many people have bought and built homes here and drive back and forth on a daily basis.
There are many worldclass sports facilities in this town. Carnegie Centre has both an adult and children's swimming pool, fitness rooms and spas, gyms and Turkish baths. There are two golf courses where you can spend a pleasant day, Pitfarrine Golf Course and Pitreavie Golf Club as well as a driving range at Cairneyhill. The Dumfermline Gymnastics Team puts off a great display at the annual "Gymstock", which attracts the top teams in Britain.
No visit to Dunfermline would be complete without a stop at St. Margaret's Cave. There are 80 steps down to this cave, where St. Margaret used to pray secretly. It is a place of pilgrimage where many people like to come and spend a reflective hour or two. Another historic site is Abbot House, built in the 1400's. This is now the site of Abbot House Heritage Center, where you will find many details and artifacts about the history of the town. The Abbey ruins provide you with a look at living in the 11th
century. Part of the Abbey walls still remain and you can take the spiral steps down to the kitchen. This was the site of a monastery of Benedictine monks established by Queen Margaret (later known as St. Margaret).
The Knockhill Racing Circuit has something for everyone. Spectators have just as much fun as the participants as they watch the races. However, you can also learn how to drive a racing car or take part in a GoKart race.
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