St Margaret’s Loop

1 day pilgrimages, Scotland

St Margaret’s Loop – 12 miles – 1 Day – North Queensferry to Dunfermline. This varied, easy and attractive, mainly cross-country route, starts on the north bank of the Forth with a great view south of the three great Forth bridges. Going inland along the coast you arrive at the red stone roofless ruin of Rosyth Castle, then strike north passing the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Douglasbank and along narrow country paths with occasional glimpses of Dunfermline and the dominating presence of the abbey. Then, into Pittencrieff Park, past the remnants of Malcolm Canmore’s palace to Dunfermline Abbey — the burial ground of Queen Margaret and seven Scottish kings including Robert the Bruce. Finally you reach the old royal palace, where Charles I was born. Nearby is Queen Margaret’s subterranean cave.

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