Every time I go to Scotland I try to go to at least two new places. Already on this trip I’ve been to Shetland and to Arbroath (albeit for barely 24 hours!), and these next few days find me going to a third new place- Fife. Specifically I’ll be in Dunfermline, home of the famous abbey (above) and other sites of interest.
In addition to visiting the abbey and palace I will also venture out to Dunfermline F.C.’s East End Park to tick another ground off my list, the various Andrew Carnegie historical sites (he was born there), and making a day trip into Edinburgh for the first time in at least a decade to go to one of my favorite restaurants- Bar Napoli on Hanover Street.
I’ve got nothing against Edinburgh, but, much like Dublin it starts to feel a bit more “European” than Scottish (or Irish in Dublin’s case) and I prefer places like Glasgow or Cork. They seem more “native” and a bit more “real” to me. I guess I like cities that, despite time and effort, just refuse to have their rough edges sanded off in favor of being cleaner, safer, etc.
I may even venture up to Auchtermuchty to see the town that begat the Proclaimers.
Dunfermline was also the birthplace of the musical group Big Country, but more about them in a later post…