edinburgh

Forth To Tay

A church or sacred site

Destination hub

St Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, Davidson’s Mains

St Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, Davidson’s Mains, opened in 1950, and designed by Peter Whiston. This is an early example of an A-frame church, built when the supply of building materials was strictly rationed.


Davidson’s Mains Parish Church

Holy Cross Scottish Episcopal Church, Davidson’s Mains

Blackhall St Columba’s Parish Church

North Leith Parish Church

South Leith Parish Church

Leith St Andrew’s Parish Church

The former Guthrie Memorial Church and St Margaret’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Easter Road

London Road Parish Church

Holyrood Abbey, Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Canongate Kirk

Former Tron Church

High Kirk of St Giles

The Hub

St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh Castle

Walkers may wish to use Cameron Black's comprehensive guide, titled 'The Saint Andrew's Way'. This can be bought at the cost of £9.99, by contacting the author at 2 Brae Park, Edinburgh, EH4 6DJ. Tel: 0131-339 6644, or Email:   standrewsway@ymail.com. Routes for car and cycle are described following each section below. For those not following Cameron's route suggestions for shorter walks are given.

To check times and routes for public transport go to
http://www.travelinescotland.com/welcome.do   
and click on Plan your Journey on left side of page, or phone 0871 200 22 33.

When checking train times only you can use www.scotrail.co.uk
or National Rail Enquiries  08457 48 49 50

Public transport information can be found on the Traveline website.

Margaret remains in the centre of Edinburgh’s sacred places. At the highest point of the Castle stands St Margaret’s Chapel. In the midst of the panoply of war and military might this is a pearl of pure devotion. The Chapel was probably built by Margaret’s son David on the site of his mother’s place of prayer. From the Castle you can follow a Royal Pilgrim Way to Holyrood Abbey which David founded in honour of his mother’s ebony cross- the haly rude. Beyond the Abbey and the new Scottish Paliament is St Margaret’s Well in Holyrood Park. The well housing was originally part of St Triduana’s Well at Restalrig. The area is full of natural springs leading to a major brewing industry here, begun by the monks.

En route on the Royal Mile are a series of important churches including St Giles Cathedral, Old St Paul’s Episcopal Church, St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, and the Kirk of the Canongate, which was built as a successor to Holyrood Abbey Church, when James VII and II wished to convert it into his Chapel Royal. The Abbey Chuch itself is now an evocative ruin in the grounds of Holyroodhouse Palace, but beyond the east and west ends of Princes Street are St Mary’s Roman Catholic and St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedrals both of which continue St Margaret’s traditions. Margaret’s inspiration is carried forward through worship but also through education and social action.

Many in Scotland continue to ask for the grace and humility to follow in Margaret’s Way of prayer and compassionate action.

We would love to hear about your experiences on this route - please post your comments below