Dunfermline : Scotland


What It Is Like to Retire in Dunfermline

Dunfermline is a beautiful and walkable retirement town just north of Edinburgh and on the Firth of Forth. It was the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie, who returned years later, famous and wealthy, and made the town even more special. The Carnegie Library, completely redone inside but maintaining its classic exterior, is one of the finest libraries we have ever visited. St. Margaret’s Cathedral combines Norman and Gothic themes and several churches as it was expanded over the centuries. There are magnificent parks, gardens, and castles in the area near the Carnegie Museum. The population is over 50,000.

Where to Retire in Dunfermline and Home Prices

There are homes and apartments in the city center and surrounding area. Many apartments for seniors are for rent. Many small apartments are for sale for less than 100,000 pounds. Larger homes are available for up to 1,000,000 pounds, with most offered for far less.

What Is Special about Dunfermline

The connection with Andrew Carnegie and his legacy to the town's infrastructure (library, parks, museum) are extraordinary. It is a very livable and walkable town just a short distance from the cultural capital in Edinburgh.

What Is Not Special about Dunfermline

It is a bit larger than some of the more bucolic retirement towns in Scotland, so there is more traffic.

Who Will Like Retirement in Dunfermline

People looking for a walkable town close to Edinburgh with many cultural opportunities will like retiring in Dunfermline.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, commercial center, bedroom community close to Edinburgh.

Climate and Physical Environment

Dunfermline is just across one of several bridges from Edinburgh on the eastern side of the country. The temperature is cool year round - in the twenties-forties (F.) in winter and into the high 60s - low seventies in the warmest months.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

St. Margaret's Cathedral, which has the tomb of Robert the Bruce, and Dunfermline Abbey are important historical sites. The Carnegie Library is tiptop and includes a very interesting museum of life in Scotland. There are plenty of restaurants and shops. Pitfirrane Castle, which dates from the 16th century, was purchased by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust in 1951 for the use as a clubhouse for Dunfermline Golf Club. Pittencrieff Park forms the western boundary of the town centre covering 76 acres. It was given to the people of Dunfermline in 1903 by Andrew Carnegie. The Bruce Festival is an annual attraction held in Pittencrieff Park every August. Dunfermline has two theatres, Carnegie Hall on East Port and the Alhambra on Canmore Street.


Crime is very low but not non-existant.

Medical Facilities

Healthcare is supplied by NHS Fife who have their headquarters at Hayfield House in Kirkcaldy. Victoria Hospital is 13 miles away.


Two railway stations serve the town, and there is also a bus station.

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