The Glen in Dunfermline

Carnegie looking down the High Street

Dunfermline, for me, will always evoke the Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens with the king (who was Alexander III) drinking the blude-red wine. I hadn’t realised that it was also the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie until I visited the town in May 2009.

There is a beautiful park in Dunfermline named Pittencrieff Park. It’s known locally as The Glen and was originally part of the estate and grounds of the Lairds of Pittencrieff.

Andrew Carnegie bought the grounds’ 76 acres in 1902 and gave it in trust to the townspeople of Dunfermline. It has been developed for the public and includes landscaped areas with nature walks, ponds and statues. It is simply a gorgeous place to walk through, visit its ruins, museum and locate its six entrances.

Black Tulips! The first I had seen.

The Pittencrieff Street entrance to The Glen had black tulips in the garden beds that looked amazing.

The first time I went to Dunfermline was in May and the cherry blossom was stunning.

Cherry Blossom at The Glen

The entrance at the bottom of the High Street is where the statue of Andrew Carnegie stands and looking back down into Dunfermline from his statue shows the ancient quaintness of an old town. It is a bustling centre now but the history is apparent.

Looking into High Street from Carnegie's Statue

Imposing Abbey Ruins

The Abbey ruins are very imposing. I didn’t get to wander around inside but I most certainly want to, so there will be an update to this post. This photograph shows it in its entirety.Close up the walls are pitted and gouged. It is quite magnificent.

Scotland is full of statues and old ruined abbeys, palaces and cottages. I must say that the statues always grab my attention and that of my camera. I know there are other places but Scotland is one big visual treat. Its parks and gardens stand out and almost compete with each other for top marks. The Glen comes close to taking the cake!

The Plaque under Carnegie's Statue


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