|All three routes give spectacular views over the Firth of Forth as you enter the District, with over fifteen miles of scenic coastline to the Forth. |
Only 25 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, the town of Dunfermline, steeped in history, lies in the centre of the District, surrounded by a mixture of beautiful countryside, and smaller historic or commercial towns. Dunfermline was the Royal Capital of Scotland for well over five hundred years until the Union of the Crowns with England in 1603. Much of Dunfermline`s Royal Palace remains today.
The ruins now form a Visitor Centre, open throughout the year. The ancient Dunfermline Abbey remains intact today, dating from its original role as part of the Benedictine Monastery. The Monastery was established by the Sainted Queen Margaret, who brought Roman Catholicism to Scotland. The remains of Robert the Bruce lie in a tomb under the Abbey Church pulpit.
Town of particular interest surrounding Dunfermline include Culross on the shores of the Firth of Forth. This picturesque town with its quaint houses and their famous pan tiled roofs, has remained substantially unchanged since the 17th Century.
The restored Palace and other buildings are open to the public. To the east of Dunfermline, Aberdour boasts two beautiful beaches, a yachting harbour; Aberdour Castle which is open to the public, views of Inchcolm Island with its former monastery, also open to the public and accessible in the season via a ferry from South Queensferry. In the sporting sphere, water sports and nature study are available at the Lochore Meadows Country Park; water skiing at the Scottish National Water -ski Centre at Townhill; motor racing at Knockhill; stock car racing at Cowdenbeath; sailing on the Firth of Forth and golf at several locations in the District.
The District Council is active in the provision of Sports Centres in Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath and the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline.