St Margaret’s Way

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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. And, if you are running out of time, you can always hop on a bus or train. There are excellent public transport services to St Andrews.

For those with more time, instead of going north from Earlsferry, continue along St Margaret’s Elbow following Fife Coastal Path an additional 40 kms to St Andrews.

A “Must” for Camino enthusiasts.

Distance: 100 kms

Inclination: Mainly flat  


For information about the history of the area, buildings, and other points of interest along the route, please visit the following websites:

There are various organisations which can help arrange accommodation and baggage transfers along some sections of the way. For  Easyways,  Celtic Trails,  Walking Support or Contours Walking Holidays go to LINKS. Local taxi firms can be very helpful as well.



Edinburgh to South Queensferry

Length: 17 km

Quiet roads and bike tracks out of Edinburgh past famous historical landmarks to the famous Forth Road Bridge. Great views of that wonder of the Victorian era, the Forth Rail Bridge, the newer road bridges, and the Fife Coast. Don't miss the famous secret garden along the Rocheid path.

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South Queensferry to Burntisland

Length: 20 km

Crossing the Forth Road bridge, hundreds of feet above the Firth on a special bike/walkway, the Way descends into North Queensferry where, directly underneath the famous railway bridge, it joins Fife Coastal Path.

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Burntisland to Leven

Length: 24 km

Leaving Burntisland along a short strip of main road ,with a pedestrian walkway alongside, the Way returns to a quiet section of the Fife Coastal Path, past Kinghorn , where a Scottish king fell to his death, and onto Kirkcaldy, once the linoleum capital of Scotland . The path can ...

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Leven to Earlsferry

Length: 14 km

After Leven, take the beach or the path to the pretty village of Largo, overlooked by the double humped Largo Law, passing the harbour and underneath the giant viaduct, past the house commemorating Robinson Crusoe and onto the famous Largo Bay and along golden sands and through dunes to Earlsferry ...

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Earlsferry to St Andrews

Length: 26 km

Striking north off the Fife Coastal Path, in the footsteps of early pilgrims heading to St Andrews, the Way continues along quiet roads and tracks until Largo Ward, where there is a strip of main road with a grass verge, past the famous Peat Inn, to Radernie, where it is ...

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Most of the restrictions for the prevention of the spread of Covid have now been lifted in Scotland and normal pilgrimage activity is now possible. However, when you are planning your pilgrimage, please consult the latest government guidelines and be aware that these can change at short notice.
Most of the restrictions for the prevention of the spread of Covid have now been lifted in Scotland and normal pilgrimage activity is now possible.