Forth Pilgrim

Forth Pilgrim

The Forth Pilgrim experience lets you revisit medieval times by exploring Scotland’s rich history on location.

Step back in time and discover a world of mystery, scandal and miracles.


The Pilgrim’s Tale
Pilgrims were a funny old mix of all sorts of folk who wanted to travel to a holy site, generally the shrine of a saint or a holy well. For some this may have been a string of such sites over weeks or months, seeking divine help for themselves or loved ones, in this world&the next. For others it could be an annual local religious event.

Pilgrims often received special hospitality along the way from monasteries and ordinary people alike, but it could be hard and dangerous too. Some people mainly wanted an adventure away from the daily grind but pilgrimage was their only chance to get away. Here lie the roots of Western tourism.

In Medieval Scotland pilgrimage was as big an industry as tourism is today.

Some criminals were sent out on Pilgrimage as a punishment and for rehabilitation!

Fife figured massively in this activity, having the lion’s share of Scotland’s pilgrim sites, from the biggest: St Andrews, to Dunfermline, Culross, The Isle of May, Inchcolm Island, Aberdour, Scotland Well and many others.

Plus there was a major pilgrimage corridor in medieval Britain running up the east coast between St Andrews and Durham with nine important historic pilgrimage sites between these two cities.

Forth Pilgrim would love to see more people walking between these two amazing cities, as they did of old, enjoying the manifold benefits of outdoor activity.

In July 2010 Roger of Forth Pilgrim came across a long lost stone with a cross carved in it on the pilgrim route to Dunfermline from the west – the clues are still there!