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Point E – St Margaret’s Cave

St Margaret’s Cave is where she went daily to pray in a cave in the deep wooded valley of the Tower Burn just a few hundred metres north of the abbey. In the 1960s this valley was filled in to make a car park with the Burn culverted underneath. The cave was preserved, buried under the car park, by constructing an illuminated approach tunnel under it. This tunnel slopes downwards, has 73 steps, with interpretative boards on the way down. It ends in the cave where Margaret used to pray where there is a statue of Margaret kneeling in prayer. 

The cave is currently not open to the public.

St Margaret’s statue in cave

This concludes the city centre short walk. Additional details and further links with the European continent are explored in the wider Dunfermline EuroWalk that follows.


Image credit – Martin Wilkinson