To the north of the abbey, on the corner of Maygate and Abbot Street, is the Category A listed Abbot House. This is the oldest secular building still standing in Dunfermline. The house was originally built in the mid-fifteenth century as a residence for Abbot Richard Bothwell and this role continued until Commendator George Durie left to move into new apartments at the Palace in 1540.

Highlights include a frescoed wall painting, dated to 1571, which may depict scenes from a middle-Scots translation of Virgil, in the principal room of the first floor of the house, as well as a 14th-century tracery window.

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    Carol Anderson (6 years ago)
    Lovely building in the Heritage Quarter of Dunfermline. Unfortunately closed down but hopefully there should be news soon about it reopening!
    Andrew Stirling (6 years ago)
    Beautiful building and lots to read about.
    Philip Staff (7 years ago)
    Lovely food, beautiful courtyard garden, excellent value. A hidden gem in Dunfermline.
    Patricia Cuni (8 years ago)
    Lovely historic site in Dunfermline now turned into a Heritage Centre. I truly enjoyed visiting it and discovering a bit more about the town thanks to David, a volunteer that was incredibly nice to me and my friend. He made our experience at the Abbot House more interesting and told us a lot about the whats, whos and whens in town. If you have some spare time, they have a lovely walled garden with amazing views over Dunfermline Cathedral and Abbey.
    David N. Anderson (8 years ago)
    Lovely wee heritage centre which is currently going through a bit of a make over. If you can, pop in to their wee brewery for a chat and tour with their in house master brewer. Excellent wee Café attached too which serves a range of great, freshly prepared food.
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