- Join the other annual 750, 000 visitors and head to Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline, for fantastic walks, play areas and wildlife.
- Check out the Pittencrieff House, the Glen Pavilion, the Double Bridge, the Andrew Carnegie Statue and the Louise Carnegie Gates.
- Don't miss out on the events that take place from fireworks, to weekly park runs and more.
- Be on the look out for the well known resident peacocks that meander around the park.
Pittencrieff Park is a family favourite spot, stretching over 76 acres of stunning parkland and offering families great facilities for children's play, greenhouses, woodland walks and more.
Admire the gorgeous statue of Carnegie and discover what the fascinating Pittencrieff Museum has on offer for you and your family. This park is one of Scotland's most popular and important urban parks, with over 750 000 visitors arriving each year to 'The Glen', which is what local people call this delightful West Fife urban park.
While you're here, check out the stunning Art Deco style Glen Park Pavilion which hosts many celebratory events, such as weddings. Don't miss out on the array of fun events Pittencrieff Park plays host to, where you can experience many events during the year from weekly Park runs to annual fireworks displays and more, so get down to Dunfermline to check out what you can do. For more great days out in Fife, check out St Andrew Castle for a historical day out exploring beautiful sights and immersing yourself into a past world, descending into the castle's underground, peering into its dungeon and more.
For some more fun Dunfermline things to do, there are three play areas within Pittencrieff Park for the kids to discover. If you walk between the Glen Pavilion and Pittencrieff Park street entrance, you'll find two great play areas where kids can swing and slide to their heart's content. The play area near the Pittencrieff entrance, which was opened by the Queen 2003, celebrates 100 years of the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, and it is an important and popular urban spot for those in Dunfermline and Fife.
While exploring Pittencrieff Park, nature lovers will be delighted to know that there are a great number of individual trees and a variety of species to look out for on your walks, trips and more. Why not pick up a printed copy of the leaflet that recommends walking routes and points of interest? These are available at the cafe, Pittencrieff Museum and the Glasshouses. There are over 76 acres of parkland to explore, with stunning paths and walkways that visitors can enjoy. Check out the Rubbings Trail throughout the park too, where you'll find a variety of special rubbing plaques made from brass. Each have a unique design, making it a great activity to do with the kids to keep them entertained. Crayons can be picked up from the Pittencrieff House Museum, where you can also find activity booklets to take round with you. Alternatively, you can download the booklets online and print them yourself. Plus, for children and grown-ups who love a bit of wildlife spotting, as the park is the perfect place for hundreds of different species to thrive.
Check out the array of gorgeous different gardens in Pittencrieff Park, like the Laird’s Garden, which is wonderful to visit and great fun for kids. There is a semi natural ancient woodland in the lower glen and Tower Burn area, which a provides a fertile place for trees to grow. Keep your eyes peeled for horse chestnut trees, and make sure to stay on the lookout for species that are attracted to the area, including birds such as wrens and wagtails, and even distinctive 'candle-snuff' fungus, which loves to live on damp, dead wood.
In Pittencrieff Park there is lots to see and learn about, as well as a few hidden gems to spot. The formal gardens and glasshouses are certainly worth exploring, and a cup of tea at Peacock Rooms Cafe in the Glen Pavilion never goes amiss. Check out the Andrew Carnegie statue too, which pays homage to the famous Dunfermline-born philanthropist who gifted the park to the people of Dunfermline at the turn of the 20th century. There are delightful views of Dunfermline Abbey that you'll find on the east side of the park. While walking, you'll come across the historic ruins of Dunfermline Palace, which is a sight to behold and the place where many Scottish Kings have been crowned.
For more great family days out in Fife, check out St Andrew Cathedral, once the largest cathedral in Scotland, the turbulent history of this site is laid bare in ruins, home to a museum, tours and more, offering some of the best sights of Fife.
What to know before you go
- Pittencrieff Park opening times are 9am to 4.30pm.
- When you're feeling peckish, there is cafe on site serving food and drink to relax and recharge you, plus feel free to bring a picnic.
- There are toilets, baby changing facilities and accessible toilets on site.
- The park has level access, so navigable for wheelchair and pushchair users.
- Kidadl Top Tip: Take a picnic and find a bench next to the lily pond and small rose garden outside the cafe, especially on a sunny day.
- If travelling by public transport, you can get the bus from Dunfermline, plus they stop on Moodie Street and Pittencrieff street. In Dunfermline, there is also a train station, just a short walk away from the park.
- You can travel by bike, too.
- If travelling by car to Pittencrieff Park, from Edinburgh, go via A90. From Glasgow, via M80. From Stirling, via via M9 and A985.
- There is free parking is available, plus accessible parking spaces in the car park behind the Glen Pavilion.