Work on the construction of the Fife Pilgrim Way is well underway, our contractor ScotFast Ltd., has been working on the eastern section of the route between Balcurvie and Craigtoun. Linking up historic paths and tracks and creating some new sections, work includes the removal of encroaching vegetation, footpath repair and construction, installation of drainage, gates and fences. The task of waymarking and signposting the 70 mile route will begin soon and it is expected that the path will open next year.
As part of the project we have worked with the Our Bright Future Project
and the Fife Rural Skills Partnership
and G. Brown Stonemason Ltd., to provided training in traditional stone working skills for two Modern Apprentices, who have been involved in repairing a stone wall near Ceres. Other training opportunities include working with the Kinglassie Miners Institute and students from Fife College, to repair another stone wall adjacent to the path and re-instating an ancient cobble track under the Forth Rail Bridge.
Eight Gateways at key locations along the route will offer expanded heritage information and visitor facilities and the project team is working closely with local communities, partners and stakeholders at North Queensferry, Culross, Dunfermline, Lochore Country Park, Kinglassie, Markinch, Ceres and St. Andrews to develop these proposals.
To enhance the visitor experience, we are including a range of interpretive features to welcome, orientate and engage visitors and local people as they explore the route. These will include a trail leaflet and map, website and smartphone App, a geocache trail and travelling exhibition.
A programme of free public events is being developed, which includes guided walks, talks, biodiversity projects and an archaeological dig. Visit our Events page for further details and follow the project on Facebook