The Fife Pilgrim Way: Community Input Sought

The Fife Pilgrim Way is an exciting new heritage project that seeks to engage the support of local people and visitors in developing a new long distance walking route through the heart of Fife.

Beginning at either Culross Abbey or North Queensferry it will follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims across Fife to St Andrews Cathedral. With a total distance of 70miles, the route will link together many examples of the regions 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 walks and circular routes.

Historically authentic, the route passes landmarks such as the Inverkeithing Hospitium, Markinch Church, Ceres and the Waterless Way. 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.

Led by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, in partnership with Fife Council, the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum, the Fife Tourism Partnership and Forth Pilgrim,our 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 local community support. We want to foster the active involvement of communities, heritage groups, churches, businesses and estates in shaping the project and understanding how they can contribute to making the Pilgrim Way a sustainable long term success.

 We warmly welcome the active input of local people into shaping the project and would appreciate it if you could spare 5 minutes to complete our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FifePilgrimWay

Whatever insight or ideas you may have, we would love to hear how you may be able to help us turn the route into reality. For further information and to sign up to our new Fife Pilgrim Way newsletter please emai: lask.us@fifecountryside.co.uk

or call 01592 656080.

Over the forthcoming months, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust along with the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum are organising a series of drop in events along the route where you can come and view the proposals, have your say and find out more. The first selection of local dates are detailed below. Future dates are currently being agreed and will include Dunfermline, Markinch, Leslie  and St Andrews.

Ceres Fife Folk Museum Sun 05 April 15 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Glenrothes Glenrothes Heritage Centre Sat 11 April 15 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Flood Risk Manangement Consultation

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency and all Scottish local authorities are carrying out a national consultation. We’re looking for your views if you‘re interested in how we tackle flooding in Scotland and how it impacts our communities.

The consultation is open from 2 March to 2 June 2015 and is available through Citizen Space at https://frm-scotland.org.uk/ 

If you have any questions about the consultation content or use of Citizen Space please send them tofloodactconsultation@sepa.org.uk .