On my recent visit to Fife I explored a bit further from my base in St Andrews than I had previously with shoots further inland rather than just around the East Neuk of Fife. One shoot took me to Dunfermline for the day, with a dusk shoot down at North Queensferry to admire the Forth bridges.
Dunfermline was delightful on a crisp sunny winter’s day. It’s packed full of interesting architecture including the Scots Baronial City Chambers building with its impressive clock tower and the fine old Abbot House on Maygate.
The Abbot House was a heritage centre but is closed at the moment, though I gather from its website that it’s being transferred to the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and something should be happening with it in the future – I certainly hope so as it’s a shame to see such a fine old building standing unused.
The highlight of the visit, however, was Dunfermline Abbey and Palace. The former monastery and Royal Palace boasts a Norman nave to which the more modern Abbey Church building is attached (still a working church) along with extensive palace ruins.
The church features the Bruce Tower with the inscription King Robert The Bruce around its crown. His bones are interred below the current church.
As dusk approached I headed down to North Queensferry for a look at the famous Forth Bridge (the original railway bridge) along with the Forth Road Bridge and the soon to be completed Queensferry Crossing.
The rail bridge looms over the village wherever you happen to be standing so there’s always an interesting angle to photograph, but for dusk itself I wandered out along the Fife Coast Path to find a slightly higher viewpoint.
On the way back, as the light faded, the two road bridges looked great with lights reflecting off the Firth of Forth estuary mud at low tide.
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