Falkland To St Andrews
ROUTE LENGTH: 23 MILES
Take the B936 through Freuchie. Cross over the A92, and turn left when you reach the A914. This brings you to Cupar. From Cupar retrace your route until bearing left on to the A916. At Craigrothie turn left on to the B939 and follow this to Ceres. From Ceres continue on the B939 to reach St Andrews. A short detour from this route takes you to Magus Muir.
Follow NCN1 through Coaltown of Burnturk and past Cults Hill before turning left to pass Cults farm. Cross over the A914 to pass Crawford Priory (not, as its name suggests, a religious building) and reach Springfield. Turn left and then right (before crossing the railway). Follow this road in to Cupar.
From Cupar recross the railway on the A916 before bearing left towards Ceres Moor and then Ceres.
In Ceres rejoin NCN1 as far as Pitscottie. From Pitscottie rather than follow NCN1 to the left, you may wish to carry straight on, and after 1/4 mile bear right to go past Newbigging of Blebo. This is a shorter route to St Andrews, and with a 3/4 mile detour you can visit Magus Muir. The monument there to Archbishop Sharp who was murdered in 1679, and the grave of Covenanters executed in Edinburgh reminds us that our religious history is not all saintly.
Alternately, from Pitscottie, continue to follow NCN1 which follows the picturesque gorge of Dura Den before turning east and leading into St Andrews.
Walkers can continue to follow Cameron Black’s route.
By Public Transport
Bus routes serve Falkland, Strathmiglo, Cupar, Ceres, Pitscottie, Strathkinnes and St Andrews.
The nearest railway station to St Andrews is Leuchars.
To check times go to Traveline Scotland and click on Plan your Journey on left side of page.
Under the influence of Margaret and her sons, three of whom became King of Scots in turn, the medieval Church became the centre of Scottish cultural and social, as much as religious life. This can be seen in the shape of the towns and villages, going by Cupar or by Ceres. The last inland leg is a journey through the farmlands, villages, towns and churches that have characterised north east Fife since medieval times.
On one such journey Margaret’s illuminated Gospel manuscript fell into a river- perhaps the Eden. Later it was recovered from the river bed substantially undamaged. A Gospel manuscript which is known to have belonged to Margaret is kept in Oxford’s Bodleian Library and it has water markings on it. Many of Margaret’s journeys had a charitable purpose such as improving the care of children and of the poor, or seeking the release of prisoners of war. Some were pilgrimages and others were connected with the movement of the royal court about the country.