Eden Estuary News - March 19 Monday, March 4, 2019
Birnie & Gaddon News - March 19 Monday, March 4, 2019
FCP Closure - Dysart Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Limekilns and Charlestown Oil Spill Update Wednesday, February 20, 2019
WARNING - Beach Contamination Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Fife Coastal Path Closure - Limekilns Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Birnie & Gaddon News - Feb 19 Monday, February 4, 2019
Eden Estuary News - Feb 19 Monday, February 4, 2019
Birnie & Gaddon News - Jan 19 Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Eden Estuary News - Jan 19 Tuesday, January 8, 2019
West Sands Ranger Update Thursday, November 15, 2018
Fife Pilgrim Way Update Thursday, November 15, 2018
Access All Areas 2018 Friday, November 9, 2018
New Ranger Service Launched Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Award Winning Beaches Monday, June 11, 2018
Information on Fire Risk Friday, May 18, 2018
Old Trees for New Dunes Monday, January 22, 2018

Fife Pilgrim Way Becomes a Reality.

Friday, March 24, 2017
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.

Fife was known as Scotland’s Pilgrim Kingdom in medieval times, the Pilgrim Way which begins at either Culross Abbey or North Queensferry and is based on, and echoes the spirit of Fife’s ancient pilgrim journeys. The route passes 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.

With a total distance of 70 miles, the route will link together many examples of the region’s medieval and pilgrim heritage, using 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 project will seek to uncover and tell the story of pilgrimage through imaginative interpretation and activities.

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.

Chris Broome, CEO Fife Coast and Countryside Trust commented, ‘Faith tourism is experiencing substantial growth, with all the economic benefits that will bring to business and communities in the vicinity of the Pilgrim Way.The Trust already manages the Fife Coastal Path, and a usage and impact survey undertaken in 2016 estimated that 3.35 million visits are made to the Fife Coast every year, bringing significant economic benefit to Fife. It is anticipated that Pilgrim Way will bring further economic benefit to the region.’

Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, Lucy Casot, said: “Thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are delighted to support a project which will encourage people of all ages and abilities to explore the history and nature of Fife by following in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims. We have seen great passion and enthusiasm from local communities in getting the project to this point and look forward to seeing them thrive thanks to the visitors the Fife Pilgrim Way will attract.

Led by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, supported by 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.

L-R L-R Ann Camus (Fife Tourism Partnership) Alison Irvine (Fife Council) Chris Broome (FCCT) Sarah Kettles (FCCT) Douglas Spiers (Fife Council) Roger Pickering (Forth Pilgrim) John Murray (Fife Tourism Partnership) Nick Cooke (Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum) and Gavin Grant (FCT). Thanks to HES for providing stunning backdrop for photocall.
Our Next Event
Our events page is regularly updated with new events.
RT @Brian_R_Thomson: Thanks to @FCCTrust and @BidStAndrews Clean & Green Team for cleaning up the mess at the #CastleSands, which was left…