Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A trip to Dunfermline Palace and Abbey










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...

:)

14 comments:

  1. Nice photos! Well, maybe not the one of me :p

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  2. Ah it looks gorgeous! I am planning a trip to Scotland over summer and am so excited!! So nice to see a castle which is nice and empty for once! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Yay you'll love it, there's tons to do up here! :)

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  3. I'm from Dunfermline, so it's interesting to see it through a stranger's eyes. The Christmas carol concert in the Abbey is fantastic, and I've been to a few weddings there too. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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    1. Ooh that sounds lovely, I'll need to remember for this year :)

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  4. It's kind of cool that it say BRUCE!
    Even though it wasn't quite what you expected it still looks lovely in the photos. I imagine it'd be really nice to visit in the summer but then all the people (and screaming toddlers) would be there!

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    1. Yeah this is true! It says 'King Robert The Bruce' all the way round, it was cool :)

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  5. Oh what a lovely place to visit, I love the glimpses of the stained glass - I can always look at them and wonder at the craftsmanship in those windows for far too long!

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    1. I know, it's insane how much work goes into it! :)

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  6. This place looks amazing. We don't really have old buildings like this in the United States. I would love to backpack around the UK and see some of the old castles and such.

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    1. There's so many, you could come for a whole year! :)

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  7. Such a beautiful abbey. It's about time I finally visit Scotland!

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    1. Ooh yes, everyone has to see Scotland some time! :)

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