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Prime Location Dunfermline Area Guide

Dunfermline functions largely as a dormitory town for Edinburgh these days, but its history goes back all the way to the Neolithic and it features notable landmarks such as Dunfermline Abbey, the 19th century Guildhall and the 16th century Pitfirrane Castle. The town is one of the largest in Fife and has an attractive centre with shops that draw people from all over Fife. It also boasts attractive housing stock in the distinctive dark stone found in the South West of Scotland in addition to a relatively healthy economy built mostly on retail and the public sector.

In terms of green space, Dunfermline is well served by the rather stately and newly redeveloped Pittencrieff Park, gifted to the people of the town by the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The name crops up a lot in Dunfermline – look out for Carnegie Hall theatre, the Andrew Carnegie Museum and the Carnegie Cricket Ground.


The population of Dunfermline currently stands at just under 50,000 and it is one of the largest population and economic centres in Fife. 96.9% of the population come from the UK (88% from Scotland).

The town is not particularly young or old, with the median age at around 37. There is a low level of unemployment – around 4% - and the average salary is slightly lower than the national average. Dunfermline has attracted a few big employers, including Amazon and the Shepherd Offshore Group.


Educational attainment in Dunfermline is considered to be good, with four high schools and fourteen primary schools.

The four high schools are Dunfermline High School, which has just opened a brand new £40million campus, the Queen Anne High School, and two Roman Catholic High Schools, including St Columba’s High.


Road travel to the North and the South of Scotland is easy via the A907, which meets motorways to Perth to the North and Edinburgh to the South.

There are two train stations in the town with direct routes to Edinburgh, which takes around 40 minutes. Indirect routes to London take about four to five hours. For international travel, Dunfermline is relatively close to Edinburgh Airport, which flies to England, Ireland, Europe and the US.

Amenities and shopping

Most of the shopping in Dunfermline is concentrated in the attractive, pedestrianised high street, which includes various chain stores as well as local independent shops. For a more concentrated shopping experience, there is also the Kingsgate Centre in the town centre, with big shops such as Marks and Spencer and Debenhams. The Fife Leisure Park near the M90 has a cinema, restaurants and various other leisure outlets. There are also two retail parks – the Carnegie Park Retail Park and the Halbeath Retail Park

There are plenty of leisure activities on offer too. Dunfermline has two theatres and the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, and there are plans to build a further museum and art gallery. Dunfermline also has professional football, rugby and cricket teams, and a major sporting centre in the form of the Carnegie Leisure Centre, which includes a refurbished pool and a new, state-of-the-art gym.

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