Taking the Fife Pilgrim Route

  28 Sep '19   |  Posted by: Birlinn

‘In its heyday St Andrews only came behind Rome and Santiago in Spain as a pilgrim destination’

Ian Bradley

Fancy a walk? A new route from North Queensferry to St Andrews will be good for your well-being – on a number of fronts.

On 5 July 2019, the 64-mile long Fife Pilgrim Way opened and modern pilgrims, ramblers and walkers had the opportunity to explore Scotland’s history as they moved forward in the footsteps of ‘Monks, Miners and Martys’.

Professor Ian Bradley has written a book to accompany the route – not a walking guide but an illustrated history of the area taking in religion, coal mining, politics and natural history.

The Fife Pilgrim Way received a £399,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland (and funding from other partners). It is expected to attract in the region of 200,000 domestic and international travellers a year to the area. It will take the average walker 5 or 6 days to complete the full route but taking in shorter sections is both encouraged and manageable. It is, quite simply, the walk that ‘keeps on giving’ offering physical, spiritual and historical nourishment. It takes in the scenic coastal path and quite deliberately diverts from the historical route at times to take walkers through some of the more unprepossessing areas – former coalfields and areas in need of regeneration. It is hoped that the visitors will bring a much needed boost to the economy of these areas and in exchange, it might just help the health of the nation.

‘an ideal illustrated companion to the rich historical background of the area, ancient and modern’

Church Times

Read a full review in the Church Times

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