Dunfermline Abbey viewed from The Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

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Dunfermline

Dunfermline is a city in Fife and was once the capital of Scotland!

In May 2022, Dunfermline became Scotland's newest city as part of HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Our eighth city is located north of Edinburgh, just across the Forth Bridge.

Dunfermline is at the heart of Scotland's history and the royal and monastic past can be seen throughout the city.

What's On in Dunfermline

2022 is set to be an exciting year for Dunfermline with events, festivals and exhibitions.

  • To kickstart the city celebrations, head along to the Dunfermline Celebrates 2022 Festival on the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
  • Join in the free Picnic in the Park event at Pittencrief Park (4 June).
  • Explore the Art-tastic Exhibition (1 June - 14 August) at the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries to discover if a picture really does paint a thousand words.
  • Head to Dunfermline Abbey for Fit For A Queen (18 - 19 June), a unique open air event where you can travel back in time to learn about medieval ways, with games, astronomy and writing with a quill.
  • If you're an art fan, head to the Jack Vettriano: The Early Years exhibition (17 June - 23 October) in Kirkcaldy Galleries, just a short drive from Dunfermline.
  • The kids will love the Kingsgate Summer Fete (2 July) with bouncy castles, music, entertainment, raffles, games, competitions and food.
  • In September, get ready for Outwith Festival to land in Dunfermline with comedy, arts, film, literature, theatre, music and more for a spectacular culture weekend.

2022 also sees several historic anniversaries:

Dunfermline Travel Information

How to get to Dunfermline

Dunfermline is an easily accessible city, located just 30 minutes north of Edinburgh.

There are direct trains from across Scotland to Inverkeithing, as well as local trains that stop off at Dunfermline, North Queensferry, Aberdour, Dalgety Bay and Rosyth.

From Edinburgh, hop one of the frequent bus services with Stagecoach, taking just 30 minutes. Or if you're travelling from Glasgow City Centre there are bus routes taking just an hour.

Scotland offers a series of great road networks connecting cities, towns and airports. Car hire is also readily available across the country.

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How to get around Dunfermline

As a relatively small city, Dunfermline is easy to explore.

There are a variety of walking routes as well as accessible cycle paths around the city and to nearby towns, villages and attractions too.

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