Fife Pilgrims Way

Central Scotland, 1 week

The Fife Pilgrims Way – 70 miles – 7 days Culross or North Queensferry to Saint Andrews. From the 11th to 16th centuries, pilgrims in their thousands walked between the northern and southern edges of the kingdom of Fife, en route to the great cathedral of Saint Andrews, now an impressive ruin still with the pull of yesteryear. But now the way is less travelled and more peaceful. Breathe the fresh air of the Highlands and the Lomond Hills, marvel at the lochs, the green country of Fife and the open beaches of the Firth of Forth. Many birds and animals will accompany you, including birds of prey. The route touches extraordinary medieval structures like Inverkeithing Hospitium and Dunfermline Abbey, and hidden gems like St. Drostan’s Church Tower; the Waterless Way; Bishop’s Bridge, Ceres; and St. Finglassin’s Well. This modern route also integrates the industrial heritage of Fife, passing by many mining villages.

Your route starts either at the beautiful coastal village of Culross or the equally picturesque North Queensferry, which then both join up at Dunfermline Abbey. A tough choice, but great either way! Overall, the route is good for those who prefer not to go off-road too much because much of the route is on hard surfaces, isn’t too hilly, and has good waymarking. Chunking the route by walking it in sections is also possible due to good public transport links along the way.

Get to know the ancient kingdom of Fife
Enjoy the peaceful landscape
Feel your connection to the rich wildlife around you
Relatively easy and convenient walking

Holy Places along route listed in our book Britain’s Pilgrim Places: Culross; Dunfermline; St Andrews.

Low-cost hostels along route – Edinburgh hostels one, two and three and across region and Hostel World.

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