Your gateway to West Fife in the Kingdom of Fife is the ancient capital of Scotland, Dunfermline. Use this section of our web site as your starting point to find out what this area has to offer.
The superbly accessible location of the hotel makes it an excellent gateway to a whole variety of leisure pursuits as well as being a superb country alternative to Edinburgh for leisure breaks and holidays, memorable weddings, and corporate events. Only 40 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh and the very best of Edinburgh shopping and entertainment. Not so much further away is the fair city of Perth, and the home of golf at St Andrews. A day trip to nearby Dundee, City of Discovery, with outstanding visitor attractions including the new and very exciting Contemporary Arts Centre, the famous ships Discovery and Unicorn (both featuring superb visitor centres) and the Verdant Works all come highly recommended.
Deep Sea World, Aberdour Castle and the award winning beaches of Aberdour are close by, with the Fife Coastal trail and glorious little fishing villages full of character within easy reach. The network of Fife Cycleways is close at hand.
Edinburgh has to be the main magnet, and a stay at Garvock House Hotel is superb providing great value for money. An all year round alternative to the Capital itself for those discerning guests wishing to mix the relative calm of a classic Scottish county town with easy access to all Edinburgh’s main attractions.
Experience the living past in ancient Dunfermline and walk through 900 years of Scottish history in a day.
Dunfermline’s royal and monastic past dominates the town which can boast a royal palace, a 12th -century abbey (which is the final resting place of Robert the Bruce and the burial site of eleven other Scottish kings and queens), the restored 15th-century Abbot House and the cave in which St Margaret bathed the feet of the poor. King Malcolm Canmore established his court after the death of Macbeth at the now ruined fortified tower in the heart of Pittencrieff Glen. Dunfermline was the birthplace of James I in 1394 and of Charles I in 1600.
It is also the birthplace, in 1835, of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and the Carnegie Trust has benefited the town greatly. The first of many Carnegie Libraries was built here in 1881 and both Carnegie Hall and Pittencrieff Park were gifted to the town by the 'Star-spangled Scotsman'.
Carnegie's birthplace, a humble weaver's cottage has been preserved and extended to include a museum of his life.
Close by is the Royal Burgh of Culross, with its picturesque 17th century cottages, now fully restored. Meander through the cobbled streets , overlooked by the red pan-tiled roofs of the harled whitewashed cottages skirting the Firth of Forth shoreline. Culross was the birthplace of St Mungo, patron saint of Glasgow.
Along the coast lies Limekilns, the ancient port of the Benedictine monks of Dunfermline. Follow the coastal walkway east, past the magnificence of the Forth Bridges, to Aberdour, with its fine castle, granted by Robert the Bruce to his nephew in the 14th century.