The Fife Pilgrim Way is an ambitious project to create a long distance route stretching 70 miles across inland Fife, based on and echoing the spirit of medieval pilgrim journeys. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded funding to the Fife Coast and Countryside trust in September 2015 in order to develop the project. The second stage grant application was recently submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in and the outcome will be known in March 2017.
As part of this process a business survey was recently undertaken to gain an insight into how local businesses might like to be involved in the development of the Pilgrim Way and if they would consider supporting the Pilgrim Way in the future. The completed surveys were entered into a prize draw and Mary Scott, owner of Grange Farmhouse B & B, Dunfermline, was recently presented with a M and S voucher, by Roger Pickering, a member of the Fife Pilgrim Way Steering Group.
Mary commented, ”I will be delighted to welcome pilgrims and visitors to our guest house, we are just 700 yards from the proposed route. We have been running our B & B for the past 9 years and have welcomed visitors from all over the world.”
Across Fife there are numerous sites with links to pilgrimage and it is anticipated that this project will continue to uncover Fife’s rich heritage and evidence supporting its reputation as Scotland’s ‘Pilgrim Kingdom’.
Beginning at North Queensferry or Culross Abbey the route passes many medieval sites including Inverkeithing Hospitium and Dunfermline Abbey and ends at the ruins of the Cathedral in St. Andrews. Building on and linking the existing network of core paths together, the project will seek to uncover and tell the story of pilgrimage through imaginative interpretation and activities.
The Trust already manages the Fife Coastal Path, and a usage and impact survey undertaken in 2016 estimated that 3.35 million users are attracted to the Fife Coast every year, bringing significant economic benefit to Fife. It is anticipated that a second long distance path would bring further economic benefit to the region.
If you are interested in learning more about the Fife Pilgrim Way, please contact FCCT on: 01592 656080 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on twitter @fifepilgrimway.