Fife Pilgrim Way

5th July 2016

We need your views on The Fife Pilgrim Way - an exciting heritage project that seeks to establish a new long distance walking route through the heart of Fife. Please complete this short survey – you could win a £40 M & S voucher!

Beginning at either Culross Abbey or North Queensferry and passing through Dunfermline it will follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims across inland Fife to St Andrews. With a total distance of 70miles, the route will link together many examples of the region’s medieval and pilgrim heritage. It will use Fife’s existing network of rights of way, paths and tracks to offer varied opportunities for long distance, multi-day walking supplemented by shorter and circular routes.

The route is based on, and echoes the spirit of Fife’s ancient pilgrim journeys, and passes landmarks such as the Inverkeithing Hospitium, Dunfermline Abbey, Markinch Church, and Ceres. It 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.

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust has been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to develop the project in 2016, and commence work on the route in 2017. In partnership with Fife Council, the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum, the Fife Tourism Partnership, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forth Pilgrim, the long term aim is to see the route included in Scotland’s network of ‘Great Trails’, linking award winning sites of natural beauty with historic centres and sites of medieval pilgrimage.

To deliver a successful project, the route requires support from local communities and businesses. We are currently investigating the potential opportunities that the Fife Pilgrim Way will offer to local businesses and we would be grateful if you could complete this SHORT questionnaire to help our planning. There is a £40 Marks and Spencer voucher for one lucky respondent, to be drawn in mid-July.

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