The Fife Pilgrim Way: A New Long Distance Walk for Fife

Fife Pilgrim Way

An exciting new long distance walking route the Fife Pilgrim Way is set to become a reality thanks to funding of £399,000 from The National Lottery.

Beginning at either Culross Abbey or North Queensferry and passing through Dunfermline it will wind its way through inland Fife until it reaches St Andrews Cathedral. With a total distance of 70 miles, the route will link together many examples of the region’s medieval and pilgrim heritage. It will use Fife’s existing network of rights of way, paths and tracks to offer varied opportunities for long distance, multi-day walking supplemented by shorter walks and circular routes.

The route is based on, and echoes the spirit of Fife’s ancient pilgrim journeys, passing landmarks such as the Inverkeithing Hospitium, Dunfermline Abbey, Markinch Church, and includes historic pilgrimage paths such as the Waterless Way at Ceres. 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.

The total cost of the project is £758,551, approximately 84% funding is already secured. The project will commence once all of the remaining funding is in place, and is expected to be completed in around two years.

Led by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, in partnership with Fife Council, the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum, the Fife Tourism Partnership, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forth Pilgrim, our long term aim is 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. We 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 Fife Pilgrim Way a sustainable long term success.

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 or call 01592 656080.

To read more on the progress of the project, look out for updates on our news page here.

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