We had great difficulty in finding our way into Dunfermline because of the road building involved with the new bridge across the Forth but once we got there the Abbey was easy to find.
The abbey is known for its history but probably most noted as the resting place of Robert the Bruce, minus his heart! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the abbey but were not impressed with the town.
I have many fond memories of visiting Dunfermline when I was a child but I have to say that this time round the town was a disappointment to me. It seemed really scruffy.
There is a trail in Scotland that takes you to places of importance in the life of Robert the Bruce and this would seem to be a good suggestion for future trips.
This is the last Tuesday travels from our trip in 2012. The next lot of travels will be from our trip in 2010.
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The bridge building is coming on, but there’s a way to go yet. I haven’t tried going into Dunfermline but I’ve noticed the road signs indicating diversions, etc. I lived in Dunfermline for a while and was surprised by the mixture of beautiful buildings and down at heel ones. It has a lot going for it, potentially, with the Abbey, Pittencrieff Park and Abbot House, but it seems to have let itself slip elsewhere, which is a great pity.
I had so many fond memories of Dunfermline from when I was a child so I guess I had built up my expectations for the return visit. It really was very disappointing. I wanted to show the place to my husband but it was not as I remembered.