Did you know Fife was known as Scotland’s Pilgrim Kingdom in medieval times?
The Pilgrim Way, which begins at either Culross Abbey or North Queensferry, is based on, and echoes the spirit of, Fife’s ancient pilgrim journeys. The route passes landmarks such as the Inverkeithing Hospitium, Dunfermline Abbey, Markinch Church, and includes historic pilgrimage paths such as the Waterless Way at Ceres. It ends in front of the grand ruins of St Andrews Cathedral; a city whose original street layout was designed to cater for the constant influx of pilgrims from all across Europe.
Now, some 600 years later, the Fife Pilgrim Way will play an important role as it takes walkers and cyclists through the heart of Fife. The project will commence in June and is expected to be completed by March 2019.
The 70 mile route will link together many examples of the region’s medieval and pilgrim heritage, using Fife’s existing network of rights of way, paths and tracks to offer varied opportunities from a long distance route, supplemented by a number of shorter or circular routes. The project will seek to uncover and tell the story of pilgrimage through imaginative interpretation and activities.
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