Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum

A network of organisations and individuals committed to developing routes for off-road pilgrimage travel across Scotland

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SPRF Projects - Fife Pilgrim Way

The Fife Pilgrim Way is an exciting heritage project that seeks to engage the support of local people and visitors in developing a long distance walking route through the heart of Fife.

This project has been making great strides forwards with significant funding now in place to actually undertake physical work on the group and to develop extensive interpretation material. The plan is to have all the route in place by the end of 2018.
Working is being co-ordinated by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) and much more detailed information on progress and forthcoming events can be got by linking to the relevant section of the FCCT website - simply click here.
The now defined route is shown below and can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking on the map.

There is now also a new leaflet for the Pilgrimage Route containing new information on:

  • The route that details the length of each of the sections
  • Information on unique elementsof this Way
  • The history behind this pilgrimage route
  • The funders
  • List of the partners
  • How to get involved
To get a PDF download click on the image.

Previous Postings.
Beginning at either Culross Abbey or North Queensferry it will follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims across Fife to St Andrews Cathedral. With a total distance of 70miles, the route will link together many examples of the regions medieval and pilgrim heritage. It will use Fife’s existing network of rights of way, paths and tracks as much as possible to offer varied opportunities for long distance, multi-day walking supplemented by shorter walks and circular routes.

To download a PDF version click on this link.

Historically authentic, the route passes landmarks such as the Inverkeithing Hospitium, Markinch Church, Ceres and the Waterless Way. It ends in front of the grand ruins of St Andrews Cathedral; a city whose original street layout was designed to cater for the constant influx of pilgrims from all across Europe.

Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum in partnership with Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, Fife Council, the Fife Tourism Partnership and Forth Pilgrim have a long term aim to see the route included in Scotland’s network of ‘Great Trails’, linking award winning sites of natural beauty with historic centres and sites of medieval pilgrimage.

To deliver a successful project, the route requires local community support. The partnership want to foster the active involvement of communities, heritage groups, churches, businesses and estates in shaping the project and understanding how they can contribute to making the Pilgrim Way a sustainable long term success.

  • Can you tell us more about Fife’s medieval pilgrim past?
  • How could we involve your community, church or business in the project?
  • Do you have suggestions for a medieval or pilgrim themed activity you would like us to consider?
The led body in this ongoing work is the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust supported by SPRF. They warmly welcome the active input of local people into shaping the project and would appreciate input if you could spare 5 minutes to complete our online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/FifePilgrimWay.

Whatever insight or ideas you may have, we would love to hear how you may be able to help us turn the route into reality. For further information and to sign up to our new Fife Pilgrim Way newsletter please email ask.us@fifecountryside.co.uk or call 01592 656080.

Over the forthcoming months, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum are organising a series of drop in events along the route where you can come and view the proposals, have your say and find out more. The dates are as follows:

North Queensferry

North Queens Ferry Station Cafe

Sat 14 March 15

3.00 - 5.00pm

Inverkeithing

Inverkeithing Civic Centre

Sat 25 April 15

10.00am - 4.00pm

Culross

National Trust Town House

Sat 18 April 15

12.00 - 4.00pm

Kelty

Kelty Library

Sat 4 April 15

10.00am - 12.15pm

Benarty

Benarty Centre

Fri 10 April 15

tbc

Glenrothes

Glenrothes Heritage Centre

Sat 11 April 15

12.00 - 3.00pm

Kennoway

Kennoway Library

Sat 18 Aprilh 15

10.00am - 12.15pm

Ceres

Fife Folk Museum

Sun 5 April 15

1.00 - 4.00pm





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