Pittencrieff Park & Dunfermline Abbey

Known locally as “The Glen”, the beautiful 76 acre Pittencrieff Park was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie. This short walk takes in some of the park’s best bits before allowing you to explore Dunfermline Abbey, burial site of King Robert the Bruce. Keep a look out for the resident peacocks whilst in the park!

Technical sheet
No. 22587342
A Fife walk posted on 01/06/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 04/06/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 0h50[?]
Distance Distance : 1.58mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 144ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 118ft
Highest point Highest point : 299ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 174ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Fife
Starting point Starting point : N 56.071104° / W 3.471355°
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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace ruins Pittencrieff Park

Description

(D/A) Exit the Pittencrieff Street car park to the South, opposite the kids play area. Turn left (East) to head away from the kids play area then at a fork keep left (North East).

At the end of this path turn right (South) down a long straight footpath for 240m. Continue straight ahead at the first crossroads - walking between the Pavillion on your right and the Italian Gardens on your left.

At the second crossroads turn left (East) towards an orange building which is the Pittencrieff House Museum. Pass the Museum and the Glasshouse on your left-hand side, cutting across the north end of the Laird's Garden.

(1) At the end of the garden, cross over a footpath and continue straight to go down some steps towards Tower Burn. Cross the burn at the footbridge then turn right (South East).

Keep the burn on your right-hand side, ignoring a path to the left after 70m and another to the right a further 100m down.

(2) When you reach a small play area turn left (North East) and go uphill towards the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum.

Turn left (North West) before you reach the street and you will emerge onto the corner of Priory Lane and St Margaret Street. Turn left (North) along St Margaret Street for 200m where you will find the front entrance to Dunfermline Abbey on your left (West), just before the Carnegie Library.

Explore the grounds then exit from the back of the Abbey (West side) down some steps onto St Catherine’s Wynd.

(3) The entrance to Pittencrieff Park is directly in front of you. Pass through the gates and turn right (North East) up the first set of steps you reach. Keep right (North) at a fork at the top of the steps to cross Tower Burn via the footbridge.

Turn left (West) so that the burn is on your left-hand side. Follow the track along the edge of the burn for 100m to a fork. Keep right (West) at the fork then only 60m further along turn right (North).

Turn right again (North East) at the top of the hill and 150m along you will arrive at another park entrance. Turn left (West) to stay in the park and head towards the Andrew Carnegie Statue.

Beyond the statue, at the end of the path turn right (North) then immediately left (South West) towards a play area. The Pittencrieff Street car park is on your right (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 266ft - Car park just off A907/Pittencrieff Street
1 : mi 0.38 - alt. 249ft - Steps leading to Tower Burn
2 : mi 0.61 - alt. 174ft - Small play area
3 : mi 1.1 - alt. 259ft - Steps into Pittencrieff Park
D/A : mi 1.58 - alt. 269ft - Car park just off A907/Pittencrieff Street

Useful Information

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Transport

  • Car park at the start of the walk
  • Bus service to Pittencrieff Street which is at the start of the walk. Dunfermline bus station is also only a 5 minute walk away from the Abbey.
  • Dunfermline train station is a 10 minute walk away from the Abbey.

Terrain
Mostly surfaced footpaths with several sets of steps

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During the walk or to do/see around

  • Pittencrieff Park
  • Andrew Carnegie statue
  • Dunfermline Abbey and Palace ruins
  • Peacocks
  • Kids play areas x3
  • Laird's Garden
  • Rock Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Glasshouse conservatory (exotic plants)
  • Pittencrieff House Museum
  • Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
  • Carnegie Library and Galleries

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