Fife Pilgrim Way
Funding has been secured to create a new and inspiring long-distance route through beautiful inland Fife.
Starting at Culross and North Queensferry, the 104 km/64 mile path takes in spectacular views of the Highlands, the Coast, Forth and Tay Estuaries and the Lomond Hills. It passes medieval landmarks, industrial landscapes and historic picturesque villages on its way to St. Andrews.
The route uses Fife’s existing network of rights of way, paths and tracks to offer varied opportunities for long distance, multi-day route supplemented by shorter walks and circular routes.
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and its Partners are making great progress with the new and inspiring Fife Pilgrim Way. The majority of essential path works are complete with just a few pieces to finish. The last link to put in place is where the route passes through St. Ninians opencast site to the west of Kelty, where until the restoration process is complete, the quarry regulations will apply. We are working closely with our partners in Fife Council and with Hargreaves Plc. in this regard. Once resolved and the gates are installed we will be in a position to open the entire 104km / 64 mile route from Culross and North Queensferry to Dunfermline Abbey then on to St. Andrews Cathedral.
Waymarking and sign posting is currently under way, once this process has been completed we will publish online a detailed map of the route so that you can start enjoying the path. In the interests of your safety and the working landscape, please resist trying to find the route before the map is published.
Once the route is open there is still plenty more to come; we have all of the interpretation - the website, walking leaflets, rest points, the geocache trail, the pilgrim passport and a travelling exhibition. There are also lots of events coming up and opportunities to get involved in the project. To keep up to date with progress and find out how to get involved you can contact us through our Facebook page and our website on the links below.
Click to view the FPW route map
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.
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.
An exciting programme of free community events is being developed, including guided walks, talks, and an archaeological dig. Visit our events page to find out more.
For further information contact:
Fife Pilgrim Way Community & Business Engagement Officer
Click to view The Fife Pilgrim Way Leaflet. To read more on the progress of the project, look out for updates on our news page, follow us on facebook and twitter, or sign up to the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust e-Newsletter.
With thanks to our funders
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Fife Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, LEADER, Third Sector Hebrides, Scottish Natural Heritage, SUEZ Community Trust, WREN
Fife Council, Fife Cultural Trust, Fife Tourism Partnership, Forth Pilgrim, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum.
To support the Fife Pilgrim Way text FCCT12 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 via SMS.