There was one last stop before I finished my drive to my next destination Cellardyke, namely at Dunfermline Abbey in Dunfermline, Fife.
Some of Scotland’s greatest medieval monarchs were laid to rest at Dunfermline Abbey. Founded as a priory, Dunfermline was made an abbey by David I and later became a royal mausoleum. (Historic Enviroment)
Founded in 1070 by Margaret on the site on which she had got married. She invited a small group of Benedicte monks from Canterbury and laid the foundation for the first Benedict house in Scotland.
The priory became an abbey in 1128, David I built a new and very impressive church. In 1303 the abbey was badly damaged and rebuilt by Robert I.
After the Reformation, the old choir was allowed to collapse and the nave was converted into a parish kirk. A new palace was created out of the (royal) guesthouse and the west range of Dunfermline Abbey, a palace that became the home and personal residence of James VI’s queen, Anna of Denmark. In 1600 Charles I was the last monarch born in Scotland, the royal family moved to London only three years later. The palace fell into disrepair.
View in direction of Edinburgh and Forth Bridge.