Fife Pilgrim Way Update
Thursday, November 15, 2018
We are delighted to announce that all essential path works are complete, except for the outstanding matter at St. Ninian’s opencast site to the west of Kelty. Until the restoration agreement is finalised and signed off, we cannot carry out the required works at that site or promote the Fife Pilgrim Way as open. The signposting and waymarking is in place, although after review of the route by Rangers and volunteers some adjustments are being made, including the installation of an additional 20 waymarker posts. Once these matters have been addressed then we can start promoting the route as open for use.
The program of 24 FPW official talks, walks and environmental activities have now been delivered, as has the archaeology dig at Inverkeithing Friary. The Fife Pilgrim Way Core team continue to deliver talks to community groups within the project area. Three business engagement breakfasts are scheduled to take place during December and January, the first taking place in Dunfermline on the 6th December.
The official launch will take place once all of the interpretive elements of the project are complete. This work is well underway and much of our focus is around finalising the plans and commissioning the works. A focus for the design team is the creation of a single website, which promotes the Fife Pilgrim Way, Fife Coastal Path and other sites managed by the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust. A suite of information points at the 8 gateways, interpretive rest points and cast metal features that reflect the authenticity of the site and symbolise the footprints of the medieval pilgrims who walked there before us.
In addition to the information on the website and walking Apps there will also be an interpretive trail leaflet for you to navigate the way and collect your passport stamps as you go. For those staying closer to home or looking for the FPW to come to them, we are working with the Fife Cultural Trust to create an interactive pilgrimage exhibition on the MacBus, which will tour Fife from April 2019 visiting schools and communities along the route.