Abbot House

The Reawakening of Dunfermline’s Oldest Building

Abbot House, Dunfermline

Abbot House is a beautiful ‘A’ listed building, dating back to the 16th Century. It is situated within Dunfermline’s heritage quarter and is steeped in the rich history of Scotland’s ancient capital. The house is instantly recognisable by its colour and is known fondly as the ‘pink hoose’ by locals.

The building has had many practical uses over the years, as a bakery, iron forgery, doctor’s surgery and more recently a heritage centre. Several notable characters have lived within its walls, including Lady Anne Halkett (1623–1699), a herbalist and pioneer in women’s literature.

Abbot House’s location could not be more perfect, having both the Dunfermline Abbey and the Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries as neighbours. The Abbey stands in full grandeur, with King Robert The Bruce carved proudly into the church tower, signifying his burial site. The award winning Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries is a stunning mix of old and contemporary architecture, with a new museum celebrating Dunfermline’s impressive royal and industrial heritage.