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Article published 26/06/2023

Final gateway panel unveiled at the ultimate pilgrim destination of St Andrews

A press release from Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) has announced that an important milestone has been reached on the Fife Pilgrim Way with the dedication of its final gateway panel at the ultimate pilgrim destination of St Andrews.

Since opening in 2019, the 64-mile route has become popular with walkers wanting to enjoy scenery and historic sites, as well as with modern-day pilgrims following in the footsteps of their medieval forebears.

Starting in Culross or North Queensferry, the fully waymarked route winds from the coast, through the heart of Fife to finish in St Andrews.

Now the final gateway panel has been unveiled and dedicated in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church. It shows the Fife Pilgrim Way map with beautiful illustrations depicting the life of medieval pilgrims and the places they travelled through on the road to St Andrews.

Holy Trinity Church, the ancient town kirk of St Andrews which has stood on its central site in South Street for over 600 years, has been welcoming pilgrims for many centuries and is well poised to welcome the many contemporary pilgrims who are journeying along the Fife Pilgrim Way.

5 people outside standing in front of a display panelPictured: Rev Marion Paton, Rev Prof Ian Bradley, Nick Cooke (Secretary, Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum), Jeremy Harris (Fife Coast and Countryside Trust CEO) and Douglas Spiers (Fife Council archaeologist).

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust manages and maintains the Fife Pilgrim Way. It was developed in partnership with many organisations including Fife Council, Fife Tourism Partnership, community groups, local communities and volunteers. Funding came from several sources including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Fife Council and LEADER.

Read the full press release on the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust website.

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