We visited Dunfermline Palace and Abbey on Photo an Hour Day but I wanted to give it its own post, like every other historical place we go. It's been ages since we've made use of our Historic Scotland passes (I'll blame the weather. Again.) and I made a point of not looking up the place beforehand because I wanted to wait and see if it was like I imagined. It...was not. I figured it would be more of a complete building, with rooms and interiors and maybe even a roof? Nah. Think Linlithgow, but on a much smaller scale. It was still interesting though, and the lady working on site was very informative and even praised our ability to get out of there as a group of rowdy toddlers were going in. What can I say, it's a gift.
The abbey was a bit more impressive. For starters, it DID have a roof, and the most beautiful stained glass windows. The interior was deceptively huge in comparison to how it looked from the outside. We couldn't find a way to get up to the balcony level but I bet the view from there would have been worth seeing.
The whole site was pretty quiet compared to the town, a sign that people maybe weren't prepared to go anywhere unnecessary on such a cold day. This definitely worked in our favour given the size of the place, which I doubt would be pleasant on a busier day. Imagine more than a couple of people trying to squeeze down that little stairway above!
Our next trip looks likely to be Mar Lodge Estate, since we're going away for a few days up north and we pass the estate on the way. Plus I want to see where Winterwatch was filmed! Although I should probably finish watching it first...