falkland To St Andrews

Forth To Tay

Route length: 23 miles

A church or sacred site

Destination hub

Holy Trinity Parish Church, St Andrews

This was the mediaeval burgh church. The oldest part is the tower, built in 1412. The rest  of the building dates from1909, when Peter MacGregor Chalmers incorporated fragments of the mediaeval fabric into his interpretation of the original church.

This site is featured in Scotland’s Churches Trust guide book Fife & The Forth Valley, reference number 20.

You can see more details on the SCT website.

All Saints Scottish Episcopal Church, St Andrews

St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews University

Hope Park Church of Scotland, St Andrews

Falkland Parish Church

Chapel Royal, Falkland Palace

Parish Church of St Athernase, Leuchars

Dairsie Parish Church

Dairsie Old Parish Church

Kemback Parish Church

Kemback Old Parish Church

Ceres Parish Church

St Columba’s Roman Catholic Church, Cupar

The Scottish Episcopal Church of St James the Great, Cupar

St John’s Parish Church, Cupar

Cupar Old and St Michael of Tarvit Parish Church

Cults Parish Church

Howe of Fife Parish, Kettle Church, Kingskettle

Freuchie Parish Church

By Road

Take the B936 through Freuchie. Cross over the A92, and turn left when you reach the A914. This brings you to Cupar. From Cupar retrace your route until bearing left on to the A916. At Craigrothie turn left on to the B939 and follow this to Ceres. From Ceres continue on the B939 to reach St Andrews. A short detour from this route takes you to Magus Muir.

By Cycle

Follow NCN1 through Coaltown of Burnturk and past Cults Hill before turning left to pass Cults farm. Cross over the A914 to pass Crawford Priory (not, as its name suggests, a religious building) and reach Springfield. Turn left and then right (before crossing the railway). Follow this road in to Cupar.

From Cupar recross the railway on the A916 before bearing left towards Ceres Moor and then Ceres.

In Ceres rejoin NCN1 as far as Pitscottie. From Pitscottie rather than follow NCN1 to the left, you may wish to carry straight on, and after 1/4 mile bear right to go past Newbigging of Blebo. This is a shorter route to St Andrews, and with a 3/4 mile detour you can visit Magus Muir. The monument there to Archbishop Sharp who was murdered in 1679, and the grave of Covenanters executed in Edinburgh reminds us that our religious history is not all saintly.

Alternately, from Pitscottie, continue to follow NCN1 which follows the picturesque gorge of Dura Den before turning east and leading into St Andrews.

By Foot

Walkers can continue to follow Cameron Black's route.

By Public Transport

Bus routes serve Falkland, Strathmiglo, Cupar, Ceres, Pitscottie, Strathkinnes and St Andrews.

The nearest railway station to St Andrews is Leuchars.

Public transport information can be found on the Traveline website.

Under the influence of Margaret and her sons, three of whom became King of Scots in turn, the medieval Church became the centre of Scottish cultural and social, as much as religious life. This can be seen in the shape of the towns and villages, going by Cupar or by Ceres. The last inland leg is a journey through the farmlands, villages, towns and churches that have characterised north east Fife since medieval times.

On one such journey Margaret’s illuminated Gospel manuscript fell into a river- perhaps the Eden. Later it was recovered from the river bed substantially undamaged. A Gospel manuscript which is known to have belonged to Margaret is kept in Oxford’s Bodleian Library and it has water markings on it. Many of Margaret’s journeys had a charitable purpose such as improving the care of children and of the poor, or seeking the release of prisoners of war. Some were pilgrimages and others were connected with the movement of the royal court about the country.

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