Routes and photos

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Your pilgrimage starts here, where you will find details of all our current pilgrim ways to St Andrews with the following start points:

  • Edinburgh – Saint Margaret’s Way
  • Aberdeen – Saint Duthac’s way
  • Hexham- Saint Wilfrid’s Way
  • Iona – Saint Columba’s Way
  • Motherwell- The Ladywell Way
  • Carlisle – St Ninian’s Way

and other short pilgrimage routes and extensions including:

  • Rosslyn Chapel – Rosslyn Chapel Way
  • North Queensferry to Dunfermline – Saint Margaret’s Loop
  • Earlsferry via Crail to St Andrews- Saint Margaret’s Elbow

Other routes from continental Europe are also being planned. If you would like to help research these routes please contact the Secretary through the Contact Us page.

Please check the Risks, Rights and Duties page, which includes advice on preparation and kit, before making any plans or setting out on these routes. Also, there are explanatory notes on Special Recommendations.


St Margaret's Way

Length: 100 km

St Margaret’s Way starts from the centre of Edinburgh, taking you on bike paths and quiet roads to the Forth Road Bridge, then spectacular scenic coastal tracks and former pilgrim trails through local communities, to the famous ancient town of St Andrews, with a total distance of about 100 km.

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St Duthac’s Way

Length: 146 km

The route from Aberdeen to St Andrews forms the second part of an expanded route which starts at Tain (Gaelic: Baile Dubhthaich, 'Duthac's town'), the shrine of St Duthac there being another former pilgrimage destination of some importance, hence ‘St Duthac’s Way’.

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St Wilfrid’s Way

Length: 250 km

Starting from Hexham Abbey in the north of England, St Wilfrid’s Way strikes north to Hadrian’s Wall and onto the Pennine Way. It crosses the border into Scotland and proceeds by qquiet roads, paths, and signposted routes through diverse landscapes and historic towns to Rosslyn Chapel and then to Edinburgh. ...

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St Columba's Way

Length: 279 km

From the historic Isle of Iona to the famous ancient pilgrimage town of St Andrews, nearly 200 miles of diverse and breathtaking scenery, along remote coasts, across hills, through glens, or by quiet roads through friendly highland villages. Cyclists may have to dismount on certain sections. On Mull they are ...

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The Ladywell Way

Length: 58 km

This great pilgrimage way starts with quiet roads leading from Motherwell town centre and cathedral and then out into the countryside onto bleak moorland paths, river tracks, and canals footpaths. Historic gems like William Wallace's cave, Abercorn church and Hopetoun House along the way. Don't miss the famous Ladywell in ...

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St Margaret's Loop

Length: 19 km

This varied and attractive cross-country route of 12 km takes you to Dunfermline and the burial place of St Margaret (Queen Margaret) of Scotland and other Scottish kings. You can either cycle back 7 km (mainly downhill) along the busy bus route, or take the bus back to your start ...

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St Margaret's Elbow

Length: 37 km

This extension of St Margaret's Way continues along Fife Coastal path through ancient fishing villages along beaches and over rocks until the spires of St Andrews come into view over miles of rolling fairways. The path continues up through the harbour into the precincts of the ruined cathedral.

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St Andrews Circuit

Length: 4 km

For over 500 years, until the Reformation, pilgrims arrived to worship at the shrine of St Andrews in the great cathedral, consecrated in 1318 by King Robert the Bruce. Many of these pilgrims arrived at the West Port, the start of this 6km circuit of St Andrews. Go back in ...

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St Ninian's Way: Carlisle to St Andrews

Length: 700 km

St Ninian’s Way is dedicated to the memory of this early Christian saint and missionary, often known as the Apostle to the Southern Picts. Starting at the ancient cathedral in Carlisle in England St Ninian's Way goes north across the border into Scotland and west to Whithorn and St Ninian's ...

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