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“Cave visit”
Review of St Margaret's Cave

St Margaret's Cave
Ranked #10 of 57 things to do in Dunfermline
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

A small, but highly interesting historic cave. A must to visit if you are in Dunfermline, but be prepared for a lot of stairs

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Reviewed 15 January 2013

Was new to the area, took a short cut through the car park and found this unexpectedly in the far corner. Decided to explore and what a find! Well worth the climb back up. A definite 'worth while' short visit!

3  Thank Morag S
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

If you don't mind a long walk down many stairs, this place takes you back centuries, to the era of King Malcolm Canmore and the saintly Queen Margaret.

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Reviewed 11 September 2012

The entrance to the cave is at one corner of a car park, not an auspicious beginning! However it is convenient. This attraction is free to all, though there is a voluntary donation box but you are under no pressure to contribute. At the entrance is a manned desk where you can pick up information sheets or buy a pamphlet on the significance of the cave.
To reach the cave itself you have to walk down 87 steps. I went with an elderly friend who has minor walking difficulties and he managed without too much trouble to negotiate the steps. For those who need to rest, there are seats spaced out at intervals.
If you are interested in history this will appeal to you and it is worth spending a little time reading about the importance of the cave to the area and beyond. Some people still make a pilgrimage to the cave but for others I believe it is worth a visit only if you're in the area.

2  Thank Fifer_8
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

I remember St Margaret's cave when I was a child. It was surrounded by trees and rocky banks covered in deep green moss, pink campion, and foxgloves. It was a place of magic, and mystery, because of the stories and legends which surrounded it. The story of how Malcolm Canmore, King of Scotland, rescued the shipwrecked margaret, and married her. How she brought her form of Christianity to Scotland. How she spent time with and set up hospitals for the lepers. How she crept off away from the drunken revellry of the court to pray in this quiet and secret place. The downside was that the cave had russy bars across it, despite which it had evidence of being used as a toilet and drinking den
Now, however, it is in the middle of a car-park, and covered over by a stone built brazen santized fake shrine come visitor centre......How to marketize heritage, parcel up legend in a plastic wrapper and tie it with a tartan ribbon. Sure, surely, a way can be found to keep shrines holy, and magic mysterious, and caves from being used as public touilets, without thein s appalling desecration??

3  Thank Mary L
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