St Margaret’s Way

1 week, Scotland

St Margaret’s Way – 61 miles – 6 days – Edinburgh to St Andrew’s. This pilgrimage starts at St Mary’s Cathedral in the centre of Edinburgh, taking you on bike paths and quiet roads to the Forth Road Bridge, then scenic coastal tracks and former pilgrim trails through local communities, to the famous ancient town of St Andrews. NB- A separate pilgrimage route, the St Andrew’s Way, also links these cities on an inland route.

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St Margaret’s Elbow – This extension of St Margaret’s Way continues along Fife Coastal path through ancient fishing villages along beaches and over rocks until the spires of St Andrews come into view over miles of rolling fairways. The path continues up through the harbour into the precincts of the ruined cathedral.

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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