Dunfermline and North Queensferry

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.

City Chambers in Dunfermline
City Chambers Building, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

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 at Dunfermline
Looking along Maygate from the Abbot House towards City Chambers, Dunfermline

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.

Dunfermline Abbey Church
Abbey Nave and Parish Church at Dunfermline Abbey

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.

Abbey Church at Dunfermline Abbey

The church features the Bruce Tower with the inscription King Robert The Bruce around its crown.  His bones are interred below the current church.

Forth Bridge and Albert Hotel at North Queensferry
Forth Bridge and Albert Hotel at North Queensferry, Fife, Scotland

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.

Forth Bridge at Dusk North Queensferry
Forth Bridge at Dusk from the Fife Coast Path near North Queensferry

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.

Forth Road Bridge at Dusk
Forth Road Bridge at Dusk with the Queensferry Crossing Behind

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.

For more images, visit the Scotland gallery on the website.

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer based in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images through marksunderland.com - The Source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

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