There are ruins of a palace and an abbey in Dunfermline, too

There are ruins of a palace and an abbey in Dunfermline, too

[June 2021] After spending a fulfilling time in Culross, a small town in the Fife region of Scotland, we took the bus to Dunfermline where the train station is located.

the ruin of Dunfermline Abbey
the view of the ruin of Dunfermline Abbey

We decided to take a look at this town and we walked around a little.

Like Culross, there are palace ruins and monastery ruins here.

We asked at the bus station how to get to these two highlights which were supposed to be situated next to each other, but the answer was quite vague, “somewhere over there.”

Locals may not be interested in tourist attractions.

We found the ruins of a monastery, but the church there seems to be still in operation, and a wedding ceremony was being held.

a part of the church of Dunfermline Abbey
the church of the abbey is still used

So we couldn’t go inside.

The groom and another man who seemed to be the best man, were wearing greyish kilts.

The kilt is a national clothing that is firmly rooted in the Scottish people, not a folk costume to show to tourists.

From the window of the bus, I saw a kilt shop on the street of the residential area, and I heard that all Scottish supporters participated in the European football championship wore quilts.

Anyway, according to the guidebook, the monastery was a Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 12th century.

the old cemetery in the site of the Dunfermline Abbey
the cemetery of the abbey

Margaret lived in Edinburgh Castle and crossed the Firth of Forth to help the poor, and in 1250 she became a saint.

The name of the town, Queensferry, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, comes from the fact that Queen Margaret crossed the Firth of Forth by ferry from here, according to our tour guide when we had an excursion in Fife region a week before.

I saw the words “The Bruce” on the top of the church.

'The Bruce' seen on top of the church of Dunfermline Abbey
Robert the Bruce is buried here

I didn’t know at that time, but I found out later that Robert the Bruce, the king and hero of Scotland in the 13th and 14th centuries, was buried here.

Next to the ruins of the monastery, there was the ruins of a palace, which was built in the 16th century by remodeling the former guest rooms of the monastery.

The surrounding area was a big park, and on this Saturday, some residents were taking a walk.

the large park in Dunfermline
having a walk in the park

We didn’t have much time, so after walking around a little, we headed to the train station.

The main street that we passed along the way was a not-so-rich local city that can be found anywhere in the UK.

Cheap chain stores and charity stores were lined up.

The only thing that stood out was the Turkish barber shops.

the main street in Dunfermline
the town centre of Dunfermline

I’ve never heard of Turkish barbers having a particularly good reputation, but there were many barbers here emphasising that they were Turkish.

It was a town with far more barbers than a hairdressers for women.

Turkish barbershop in Dunfermline
one of the Turkish barbershops

Also, not far from the station, there were big nice houses lined up, so I was curious to see the advertisements of the window of the real estate agent, and found that the prices were much lower than the prices of flats in London.

You can buy a considerable mansion with the price of a 2-3 beds flat in London.

It’s a 30-minute train ride from Edinburgh, so it’s well within commuting distance.

It may be a comfortable town to live in.