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Directions for the Dunfermline walk

Updated Friday 14th November 2008

Take a stroll around the past of Dunfermline - we've got the points you need to head for.

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These directions will guide you along the route of the Dunfermline audio walk. Why not print out this page and take it with you?

The walk takes 1-2 hours depending how long you spend exploring the locations. The part of the walk which takes you down into Pittencrieff Park (between points 2 and 3) includes steps and is not suitable for wheelchair users. You can bypass this area by walking directly from point 2 to point 4 along Monastery Street.

Start

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Park gates

Point 1: Gates of Pittencrieff Park

 

Walk into the park to Malcolm Canmore’s Tower. Climb path up to the enclosure.

 
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Malcolm Canmore's Tower

Point 2: Malcolm Canmore's Tower

Turn left as you leave the enclosure, following the wall round to the steps down through the trees.

The steps you’re on will lead you to a road. Once you get there, continue down the next level of steps that are immediately on your right, down to the brook.

 
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Pittencrief Park

At the bottom of the steps, across the brook to your left, you'll notice a small roofed-shelter. Turn left and continue under the bridge.

Continue to the waterfall.

After the waterfall, take the path leading to your left, and follow a wooden fence away from the brook, back out onto the street.

 
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Looking over Dunfermline

Point 3: Park gates on St Margaret Street

Turn left and walk up St Margaret Street, taking your first left onto Monastery Street.

 
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Dunfermline Abbey

Point 4: Dunfermline Abbey

Walk up to the archway you can see to your left.

 
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Ruined remains of Dunfermline Palace

Point 5: Dunfermline Palace

Take the steps to the abbey opposite, and stand at corner of the ruins of the large hall to your left.

 
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Remains of the Abbey refectory

Point 6: The Abbey refectory

Take a walk around the monastery complex and its church.

 
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The Abbey Church

Point 7: The Abbey Church

Walk around the church to its east end, which is the more modern part of the building, with ‘King Robert The Bruce’ in stone letters on top. At its furthest end you’ll see St Margaret’s Shrine in a railed enclosure, with an information board. But on the way, look out for Abbot House, the pink building beyond the graveyard.

 
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Abbot House

Point 8: Abbot House and Heritage Centre

 
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Margaret's Shrine

Point 9: St Margaret's Shrine

 

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History of Scotland: Walk 2

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