Fife Pilgrim Way
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust secured funding in 2017 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.
The delivery phase of the Fife Pilgrim Way Project is progressing towards completion with the official launch in early July. The path works, sign posting and waymarking are now complete, with the only outstanding issue being the restoration agreement relating to St Ninian’s opencast site. 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.
In the interests of your safety and the working landscape, please resist trying to find the route before the map is published.
Our focus is now very much on delivering the interpretive elements of the project, which will enhance the walking experience for those many thousands of walkers planning to walk the route. Eskimo Design, Differentia and the FCCT Team are working to deliver eight orientation panels, nine cast metal discs and four stone rest points sited along the route. Other interpretive elements include a free leaflet, published book, pilgrim passport, walking map, FPW merchandise and illustrated map.
Working in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust a travelling exhibition entitled ‘The Pilgrim Express’ is being developed, which will tour in Mac – Fife’s Mobile Museum for the next two years.
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.
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, National Lottery Heritage 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.