Event celebrates Fife's rich medieval pilgrim heritage

Mon 11 Sep 17

The Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum is set to hold its annual Scottish Pilgrimage Gathering entitled ‘Reviving Scotland's Pilgrim Kingdom', at Markinch Parish Church, Fife, on Friday 15 September 2017, 10.00am - 4.15pm

Attendees will walk a stretch of the Fife Pilgrim Way and see, for the first time, detailed plans of both the new Fife Pilgrim Way project and Fife Council's plans for a modern-day pilgrim hostel in the medieval Franciscan hospitium building at Inverkeithing.

Douglas Speirs, Fife Council's Archaeologist, said: “This year's special focus on Fife will be of great interest to everyone keen to learn more about the projects being developed to celebrate and promote Fife's rich medieval pilgrim heritage.

“The day will feature presentations on the recently launched Fife Pilgrim Way, on the Council's plans for a cost-conscious pilgrim hostel at Inverkeithing's medieval Franciscan friary, and details of an exciting virtual re-imaging project, bringing to life the lost medieval heritage of St Andrews. There's even an opportunity for the more energetic to walk a short stretch of the Fife Pilgrim Way in the company of experts.”

The Fife Coast & Countryside Trust, supported by Fife Council, recently secured funding to deliver the Fife Pilgrim Way, a 70 mile long heritage route through Fife. To complement this exciting new route, the signature project of the Council's planned Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme for Inverkeithing, will see Inverkeithing's medieval Franciscan hospitium building on the High Street converted to form a modern-day pilgrim hostel. This will provide accommodation for Fife Pilgrim Way visitors when it is completed in 2019.

The event is open to all. Participants will have the chance to find out about Fife-based, and Fife Council supported, pilgrim heritage projects.

Cost:  £20.00 for Scottish Pilgrim Route Forum (SPRF) members, £30.00 for non-members, including transport, lunch and refreshments.  

Full details can be found on the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum website   www.sprf.org.uk

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