Throughout Pittencrieff Park there are many kilometres of paths and walkways for visitors to enjoy.
A “Walks in Pittencrieff Park” leaflet is now available throughout the park at the Cafe, Pittencrieff House Museum and the Glasshouses or to download at the bottom of this page.
Throughout the park there are 10 brass rubbing plaques each with a different design. All you need is one of our specially designed booklets and some coloured crayons or pencils!
The booklets can be found at Pittencrieff House Museum or to download at the bottom of this page.
The Park is a natural habitat for hundreds of species:
- The Laird’s Garden is a good sun trap and as a result is a great place to see butterflies and bees
- The lower glen and Tower Burn area are home to semi natural ancient woodland which provides a great habitat for trees such as Lime and Horse Chestnut, birds including Grey Wagtails and Wrens as well as Velvet Shank and Candle-snuff Fungi.
Copies of our “Wildlife and Nature” leaflet are available from the Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff House Museum and the Glasshouse as well as other facilities in Dunfermline. An electronic copy can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
Why not download our Wildlife Bingo game at the bottom of the page to play with children? You can print it off and play it next time you are in the park!
Throughout Pittencrieff Park there are many historical features and stories to be discovered and explored:
- Pittencrieff House, the Glen Pavilion, the Double Bridge, the Andrew Carnegie Statue and the Louise Carnegie Gates can all be seen easily throughout the park
- Malcolm Canmore’s Tower, Wallace’s Well and the Dovecot are all worth a closer look too
- Views of Dunfermline Abbey can be found on the east side of the park – in fact one of the main entrances is found next to the Abbey and the walkway that leads from these gates crosses the Double Bridge and takes you into the centre of the park
- If you are walking down in the lower glen make sure you stop and look up to see the impressive ruins of Dunfermline Palace where several Kings of Scotland were crowned and some of them lived during their reign.
A “History” leaflet is now available throughout the park at the Cafe, Pittencrieff House Museum and the Glasshouses or to download at the bottom of this page.
There are thousands of trees in Pittencrieff Park:
- Some of them are native species and form part of the semi natural ancient woodland while others have been brought here from around the world
- Woodland areas can be found alongside the Tower Burn, in the southern reaches of the park and to the north east of the Louise Carnegie Gates where the Dovecot can also be found
- You can also enjoy the spring blossom of Cherry trees that line the main path from Pittencrieff Street into the park, the avenue of Limes that lead to the Andrew Carnegie Statue and the mixture of trees of the world including Giant Sequoia from California and the Monkey Puzzle tree found in front of Pittencrieff House.
A “Trees in Pittencrieff Park” leaflet is now available throughout the park at the Cafe, Pittencrieff House Museum and the Glasshouses or to download at the bottom of this page.
Finger posts have been installed throughout the park to highlight routes of particular interest and to direct park users to notable features. Many of the park features now also benefit from updated information panels.
Organised walking groups
Bums off Seats is a Fife Walking Initiative providing free local health walking opportunities in Fife. A health walk is a short, safe, low level, local walk led by a trained team of Volunteer Walk Leaders. The organised walks in Dunfermline use Pittencrieff Park on a weekly basis. The walk meets by the Louise Carnegie Gates and from there follows routes of either a mile or a mile and a half. Visit the Bums Off Seats minisite for more information.
Since 2011 the Dunfermline Heart Town group has worked to establish the Dunfermline Heart Town Walk, organise family fun days and look at other ideas for fundraising. The Dunfermline Heart Town walk is a 2.5k walk around Pittencrieff Park that was launched in 2012. You can download a map of the walk below.