Kinglassie to Markinch

The Kinglassie to Markinch section of the route offers the chance to view and explore the area’s historic, natural and industrial landscape. Features of interest along the way include Kinglassie’s holy well, Markinch’s Stob Cross and the villages’ churches.

Kinglassie to Markinch - Balbirnie Estate

Markinch – a well-earned rest

Markinch would once have been a popular resting point for medieval pilgrims on their way to St Andrews. 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 would have 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 Groups website.

The church is open daily, and toilets are available. Visit Markinch Church website for further information about the church.