Media release: New programmes reveal Fife Coastal Path’s history and Gaelic connections


A NEW, five-part series on BBC ALBA explores the fascinating history, geology and beauty of the Fife Coastal Path and uncovers Fife’s Gaelic connections.

Iagan MacNeil presents Slighe Chladach Fìobha/Fife Coastal Path as he walks sections of the 117 mile-long route from the Kincardine Bridge to Newburgh.

Barra man, Iagan, has lived the last 20 years in Edinburgh looking over to Fife and he’s always dreamed of going across the water to investigate this beautiful part of the country.

On his journey along this scenic route Iagan encounters several Gaelic place names and finds out more about the area’s Gaelic connections.

He passes through industrial sites old and new, picturesque fishing towns in the East Neuk, St Andrews the home of golf, nature reserves and plenty of beautiful beaches.

Iagan said: “The Fife Coastal Path is a treasure trove of fascinating history, interesting culture, generous people and beautiful scenery. Every step of the path showcases the very best of the kingdom and it was great to experience it for myself and to hear the accounts of Fife’s past, present and future.

“Following the path was the ideal way to learn of Fife’s contribution to the world from lime kilns, linoleum and golf to reinvigorated industries such as whisky distilling and salt production which will help to sustain these coastal communities.

“I particularly enjoyed learning about Fife’s fishing heritage and seeing the beautiful harbours along the coastline, each with its own unique character and history.

“This walk taught me about Fife’s deep connections with Gaelic. It was fascinating to learn that the language I’ve spoken since birth has enduring connections, many miles from where I grew up.

“It was also exciting to hear of the work being done to keep the language alive across the kingdom. I hope my adventure inspires others to experience this interesting corner of Scotland for themselves.”

Slighe Chladach Fìobha/Fife Coastal Path starts on Tuesday, July 6 at 8.30pm and is on weekly until 3rd August. Each episode will also be available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.

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