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Report - Dunfermline Abbey Tunnels - Dunfermline, Scotland - Jan 2013

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    Report - Dunfermline Abbey Tunnels - Dunfermline, Scotland - Jan 2013

    For my first post,I decided to return to my childhood home to revisit some tunnels under the ruins of Dunfermline Abbey. Last time I saw these tunnels I was 12, 26 years ago. Spookley they look exactly the same, no new graf at all.

    Please remember this is my first post, and I am very inexperanced with photography.

    There is some location information in this report, but this is OK as the site is located in grounds gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, not privately or state owned.

    A little history:
    The Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Trinity and St Margaret (Dunfermline Abbey) was founded in 1128 by King David I of Scotland, but the monastic establishment was based on an earlier foundation dating back to the reign of King Máel Coluim mac Donnchada (i.e. "Malcolm III" or "Malcolm Canmore", r. 1058-93) and his queen.

    During the Scottish Reformation, the abbey church was sacked in March 1560. Some parts of the abbey infrastructure still remain, principally the vast refectory and rooms over the gatehouse which was part of the former city wall.

    Dunfermline is full of strange underground things, there is catacombs under the new abbey, an underground cave where St Margret prayed and most intrestingly, as far back as I can remember there was an urban myth of a underground tunnel from the Abbey to the shoreside town of Limekilns (over 4 miles away)
    Dunfermline Abbey to LimeKilms route
    Untill recently I dismissed this as myth, but in recent years some information regarding 'lay' tunnels and some historical references to the Stone of Destiny being smuggled out of Scotland in the 13th Century via 'underground tunnels in the captial', which was Dunfermline at the time.
    Wikipedia on lay tunnels in Scottish Culture

    |Anyway I am digressing... back to this site..
    Google Maps, location of the site in relation to main Abbey ruins.

    Very little is know about the explore site, it is not maintained or open to the public like the main ruins and large efforts have been made to disguise the site.

    The site is behind a 14ft fence.

    Big ups to the lazy carpenter that left the door open.

    Behind the fence are these anonymous ruins.

    Which has this tunnel entrance.

    Inside the entrance there is a large 'room' of around 6ft wide by 20ft high and 12ft long with a beamed ceiling.

    there is spent tea tree lights littered all around this area.

    If this caves in, at least I will leave a shiny corpse.

    at the far end of this room is a vaulted passage of roughtly 2ft wide by 4ft high, it looks like it was larger at some, but later modified.

    which continues for about 30ft.

    And ends in a room of slimier size as the first room... this is when everything went to ratshit, a combination of the confined dank space and my overzealous protective clothing lead to me steaming like I was on fire, could not see much and the camera lens kept steaming up, then I panicked when I saw there was more of the roof beams on the floor than holding up the ceiling and done a blair witch style exit. so apologies for these 3 images.

    End of tunnel, roof beams laying on wall.

    more beams, panic setting in.

    Ok, now the fun part, lets trace where this puppy goes overground.
    looking up from the mouth of the tunnel, about 30ft above we can see a memorial that is on the road leading to the Abbey.

    I will update the thread with the overground tracing of the tunnel in a while...
    #1 Lefas, Jan 15, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2013

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