Between Edinburgh, Dunfermline and St Andrews you experience the riches of Celtic and medieval heritage, by sea and land, harbour and village. Margaret’s is a pathway of meditation and devotion. At the centre of Europe’s royal establishment, she was made a refugee by William the Conqueror, but was welcomed by Malcolm Canmore to his seagirt kingdom.
Yet St Margaret’s is also a pathway in which on which power, wealth and privilege are set aside in favour of living out Christ’s commandments in letter and spirit. Educated at the Court of Edward the Confessor in London, Margaret was exceptionally well read and raised in an environment of enlightened devotion and charity. Margaret was the first of Scoland’s saints to be officially canonised by the Pope in Rome. She is also rare among saints in being a wife and mother. Nonetheless throughout her life she balanced her charitable and family work with a desire for seclusion and contemplation. Margaret strongly supported devotion to the Celtic saints while also connecting Scotland with the Europe wide development of monasticism.