Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Fife

Scotland-2016-Aerial-Dunfermline Abbey

 

Words in stone network round the crown of the abbey tower read ‘King Robert the Bruce’. Here, before the high altar, the great hero of the medieval Wars of Independence is buried. Dunfermline’s Benedictine abbey dates from the 12th century but lettering such as that on the east portion could only have been carried out by the crudest of Victorian gothic revivalists. Enough of the church remains, however, to make it an important ecclesiastical monument.

 

The groundwork and wall of the adjoining monastic buildings stimulate the imagination to thoughts of a Scottish monk’s day-to-day business in the Middle Ages. That very Victorian millionaire who bestowed over 2500 libraries on the world, Andrew Carnegie, was born in 1835 in Moody Street, Dunfermline, in a small cottage which is still standing, as is the first of his generous gifts, in Abbot Street.

 

Dunfermline is full of history and is worth a visit on your tours of Scotland, contact Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours now to organise your chauffeur driven tour.