Rosyth might be known best for its large and well-used dockyard, but it hasn’t always been that way.
It was originally founded as a garden city in 1909, and grew to accommodate the shipping traffic that needed to use its location.
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The city was built to house the dock workers as they built the area, but the dock itself soon outstripped the city in terms of growth.
Rosyth itself is a fairly small area, but it is close to Dunfermline which means that there is plenty to do there. Dunfermline Abbey is a wonderful day out, for example. Here you can immerse yourself in over 1,000 years of history and discover more about Christianity, architecture, literature and the arts than you might have realised you could.
Other days out include the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum (Andrew Carnegie was an industrialist who was instrumental in the American steel industry), the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, St Margaret’s Cave (a strange little place where it is said Queen Margaret hid in order to pray) and a number of outdoor activity centres where you can enjoy archery, golf, tree climbing, forest skills and more.
Cruises from Rosyth
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Cruise Terminal, Rosyth, Dunfermline, KY11 2XP, United Kingdom
The sprawling port is accessed using Milne Road just off the B981. It is well signposted as "Rosyth Ferry Terminal."
The B981 - and then the B980 - connects to the A90 dual carriageway that is joined at both ends by the M90 motorway. Northwrds the M90 heads to Perth while southwards it feeds into the M9 west of Edinburgh. The M9 leads westwards to Falkirk and Stirling while southwards it joins the M8 that runs through to Glasgow.
On-site car parking is available at the port. This needs to be booked in advance due to limited capacity. In May 2016 the price was £9.50 per 24 hours.
Getting there by coach
Rosyth nor nearby Dunfermline benefit from a National Express coach stop. The nearest stop can be found at Edinburgh Bus Station on Elder Street.
The 538 coach service links Birmingham to Inverness with stops at Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Manchester. Carlisle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen along the way.
Service 591 runs from Edinburgh to London, with a stop at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne scheduled alongside short refreshment stops.
Getting there by train
Rosyth train station is located to the north of the town and is a considerable distance from the port. You'll need to use a taxi or a local bus service to complete your journey.
Local services run to Glenrothes With Thornton and to Edinburgh, where many of the long distance routes will make a connection. Edinburgh is half an hour away.
Birmingham is between 4½ and 5 hours away, while London is 5¼ hours away. The journey from Cardiff can take up to 7½ hours with three changes required at Crewe, Lancaster, and Edinburgh. Plan your journey here.