The historic town of Dunfermline has been a chief draw for pilgrims to Fife for centuries. Immerse yourself in its history and hospitality before following the route through the beautiful backdrops of Loch Fitty and Blairadam Forest.
â€˜There was a poor little woman, English by birth and race â€¦ who was afflicted for a long time with a very serious ailment â€¦ she fell headlong to the ground before the holy altar like a lifeless stone â€¦ But soon sadness was turned to joy, the health of her limbs restored to her.â€™ (Excerpt from the Miracula S. Margarite Scotorum regine [Miracles of St Margaret] 1245-63)
For hundreds of years Dunfermline has provided countless pilgrims with an inspiring destination. Its magnificent abbey is the burial place of many of Scotlandâ€™s kings and queens, including King Robert the Bruce and Queen Margaret, who was later made a saint.
Many miracles are recorded as having taken place close to St Margaretâ€™s shrine, and a number of Scottish queens wore her shirt for protection during childbirth. Medieval pilgrims who visited the abbey on her feast day of 16 November were promised a smoother journey to heaven. This made the arduous journey of pilgrimage worthwhile.
A number of other local sites associated with pilgrimage and Saint Margaret may still be visited today. These include the Head Well, Saint Margaretâ€™s Stone and St Margaretâ€™s Cave, where the Queen is said to have rested and prayed respectively.
Please be advised – Forestry Works – St Ninians (Fife Pilgrim Way)