The amazing Fife Pilgrim Way officially opened to the public in July 2019.
The 64 mile (104 km) trail is a new long distance walking route that brings the Northern and Southern edges of Fife together as it winds its way through the ancient Kingdom’s incredible history.
As the name suggests, this pathway reflects upon the days when Fife was the one the many religious destinations within Scotland for pilgrims between the 11th to 16th centuries. The Kingdom attracted many thousands of pilgrims from across Europe each of who made their way through the region on a journey of faith and discovery.
This modern day established walking route follows some of the region’s ancient pathways and gives the walker a chance to walk in the footsteps of these medieval travellers.
The Fife Pilgrim Way by Ian Bradley – A guide book
To help walkers understand more about the history of the various locations and landmarks that they encounter along the trail, a companion guide has been written by Ian Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Spiritual History at the University of St Andrews.
The book begins with an introduction to the Fife Pilgrim Way which gives you flavour of what you can expect from the trail ahead. Interesting the origins of the modern pathway’s logo is also revealed which I myself was thankful for as it is something I have often been asked by fellow Walk Fifers in the past.
The following content guides the walker along the trail offering the history of the locations which have been highlighted by the creators of this modern day Fife Pilgrim Way.
Obviously given the title, there is a focus on the religious origins of the Fife Pilgrim Way and describes the travels of the pilgrims who made their way through the Kingdom of Fife to some of Scotland’s most historic and interesting sites.
The rich industrial heritage of Fife is also covered as the walker passes through some of the areas in West Fife that supported Scotland’s heavy industry for many decades.
Each chapter is accompanied by beautifully shot and carefully selected photographs and illustrations which will help walkers thinking about walking the Fife Pilgrim Way get a taste of Scotland’s latest long distance walking.
Ian Bradley has written an excellent guide to the Fife Pilgrim Way and I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job of capturing the fascinating history of this spectacular new long distance trail through the Kingdom
The book is written in a light and almost chatty tone of voice which makes it incredibly enjoyable to read and can understand. We thoroughly recommend it to anyone thinking of walking the Fife Pilgrim Way.