Dunfermline and Culross

Dunfermline AbbeyThe Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Trinity and St Margaret was founded in 1128 by King David I of Scotland. The monastery was originally founded during the reign of King Malcolm III of Scotland and his wife Margaret of Wessex (St. Margaret). Seven Scottish kings along with six of their queens are buried in the abbey – the most prominent being King Robert I of Scotland (Robert the Bruce).

Dunfermline Palace is attached to Dunfermline Abbey and was originally the guest house for pilgrims visiting the abbey. The earliest documentation for the palace dates from the reign of King Malcolm III when he made Dunfermline his capital. For many centuries the palace was a royal residence of the Scottish monarchs. King James VI of Scotland and his wife Princess Anne of Denmark were given the palace as a wedding present – three of their children were born here including the ill-fated King Charles I.Dunfermline Palace

After the Union of Crowns in 1603 the palace was rarely visited by British monarchs. When King Charles I visited Scotland in 1633 for his Scottish coronation he made a brief visit to the palace of his birth. The last monarch to visit the palace was King Charles II, afterwards it was abandoned as a royal residence and left to fall into disrepair.

Millionaire and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline in 1835. He emigrated to America in 1848. He amassed his wealth as an industrialist and led the expansion of the American steel industry. Using his wealth he built 2811 libraries, promoted education, world peace and scientific research. He died in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1919.

Culross PalaceCulross is a beautiful preserved medieval town on the shores of the Firth of Forth. It’s said that the town was founded by St. Serf and is the birthplace of St. Mungo, Patron Saint of Glasgow. Highlights are Culross Palace, Townhouse and Abbey Church or simply wander the cobbled street and explore the charming buildings. Culross has recently been used for the filming of ‘Outlander’.

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Our daily scheduled tours departs from Stance F (ZF), Waterloo Place, Edinburgh (next to the entrance to Old Calton Cemetery) or George Square, Glasgow (opposite Greggs).

All of our scheduled tours are available for private hire with a departure from a place of your choice. If you would like us to create a private tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you.

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