The Kinglassie to Markinch section of the route offers the chance to view and explore the areaâ€™s historic, natural and industrial landscape. Features of interest along the way include Kinglassieâ€™s holy well, Markinchâ€™s Stob Cross and the villagesâ€™ churches.
Markinch was once a popular resting point for Medieval pilgrims on their way to St Andrews. Pilgrims may have lodged in the grounds of the Priorâ€™s House, near to the church, or at a hostel close to modern day Thornton.
Many will have passed the Ancient Stobb Cross on their way to St Drostanâ€™s church, where mass was regularly celebrated for pilgrims. Although the current building was remodelled in the 1500s, clues to its former appearance remain. Saint Drostan was a follower of Saint Columba, who was active in Aberdeenshire. It is believed that at one time, the old church may well have housed a relic associated with the saint.
If you would like to find out more about Markinch visit Markinch Heritage Group’s website.
This site is a useful source of information on other local walks, historical information and infomation on local groups and organisations.