A NEW Fife Pilgrim Way interpretation panel was recently unveiled in Cardenden which details the walk as well as the local history of the town.

The panel came about as the result of a collaborative project between Cardenden Community Development Forum (CCDF) and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT).

The panel, which is situated outside Cardenden Railway Station, was funded with the aid of a grant from Westfield Cardenden Community Fund and the remainder from money raised from the customers of Cardenden Community Shop run by CCDF.

The panel design is similar to that of the existing seven Fife Pilgrim Way Trailheads and incorporates information on historic events and famous figures from Cardenden.

Content includes the last pistol duel in Scotland which took place near Cardenbarns Farm on August 23, 1826, between David Landale and George Morgan and is marked by a cairn and plaque.

It also marks the birthplace of world-renowned author Ian Rankin, famous for his fictional novels about Inspector Rebus, an Edinburgh detective.

Although Cardenden is not officially on the route of the Fife Pilgrim Way itself, it is just a few minutes' walk from the route and walkers can use the rail link to join the walk.

Rosemary Wallace, secretary of CCDF said: “We are keen to raise the profile of Cardenden and encourage walkers to consider accessing the route via our rail link and highlight some of our unique history to a new audience.”

Alexandra Hoadley of FCCT said: “We are delighted to see the successful conclusion of this project and we hope that many walkers will consider using Cardenden’s public transport links to access the Fife Pilgrim Way, raising the village’s profile and bringing significant economic benefits to the area.’

To find out more about the Fife Pilgrim Way visit https://fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk/walks/fife-pilgrim-way/