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Article published 20/05/2022

VisitScotland congratulates Dunfermline on city status

Dunfermline has been named Scotland’s eighth city as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The official announcement was made today (20 May) that the Fife town will join Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling to receive city status.

Dunfermline is home to a number of popular attractions, including Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline Abbey Church - which is the last resting place of Robert the Bruce and nine other Scottish monarchs - Dunfermline Abbey & Palace, St Margaret’s Cave and Pittencrieff Park – a beautiful public park gifted by Andrew Carnegie.

What a wonderful honour for Dunfermline to be granted city status and I’d like to pass on my congratulations to everyone involved in achieving this.

It is fitting with its royal connections, rich heritage and historic role as Scotland’s ancient capital that Dunfermline will once again take a prominent place in the country’s world-famous offering. This increased profile brings with it a wealth of opportunities, particularly for the city’s tourism experiences. It will undoubtedly open up Dunfermline to new audiences, position it as a city break destination and ultimately bring more visitors to the area and the wider region.

At a time when the tourism industry recovers from one of its most challenging periods, today’s announcement brings fresh hopes of local recovery. Tourism is a force for good. It creates jobs, sustains communities and contributes significantly to the economy.

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland chief executive

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