The Kinglassie to Markinch section of the route offers the chance to view and explore the historic, natural and industrial landscape. Features of interest along the Fife Pilgrim Way include St Finglassin’s holy well, Markinch’s Stob Cross and the villages’ churches. On leaving Kinglassie, the Fife Pilgrim Way ascends the hill above the village where you can enjoy panoramic views of central Fife. It then follows the River Leven and descends through an atmospheric avenue and passed impressive gallops into the outskirts of Leslie.
The fast-flowing River Leven turned Leslie into a mill town in the 1800s. Flax, cotton, linen and other textiles were manufactured and from the 1830s steam power supplemented and then replaced waterpower. As the river speeds past, imagine the din of industry on its banks and the thousands of workers who once lined up for work. In Glenrothes the path follows riverside and woodland trails before a mix of paths and minor roads lead to Markinch. Markinch has good bus links and a mainline railway station.
The next section of this long-distance walk is the Markinch to Ceres section. You can purchase the Fife Pilgrim Way map and Guide Book in our online shop. And why not delve deeper into this long-distance trail by reading The Story of Fife Pilgrim Kingdom on our website.
Markinch would once have been a popular resting point for medieval pilgrims on their way to St Andrews. These pilgrims may have lodged in the grounds of the Prior’s House, near to the church.
Many will have passed the Ancient Stob Cross on their way to St Drostan’s church. Although the current building was remodelled several times through the centuries, clues to its former appearance remain, while its 12th century tower remains intact. St Drostan was a follower of St Columba, who was active in Aberdeenshire, where the Macduffs of Markinch had land holdings. It is believed that at one time, the old church may well have housed a relic associated with the saint.
For further information about the history of the Markinch community, its church and local walks, visit Markinch Heritage Group.
The church is open daily, and toilets are available. Visit Markinch Church for further information.