Carry on to East Wemyss which was founded by the Wemyss family to export salt and later coal. Follow the esplanade beyond the village to the Wemyss caves. These red sandstone caves (named Jonathan, Court, Doo, and Well caves) are the most archaeologically significant caves in Fife and they contain carvings that date from the Neolithic period about 5000 years ago up to modern times. The largest group of carvings dates from Pictish times and includes symbols found on jewellery and other artifacts from this period. Jonathan cave is the best one to see the carvings although they are all pretty obscure now.

Wemyss caveAt the end of the caves turn left and climb up to where MacDuff’s castle is situated. The first stone castle was probably built by Ian Mor Nan Uamh, otherwise known as 'Muckle John of the Caves', who was said to be the first proven ancestor of the Wemyss family. He died in 1265. The castle originally had two towers but by 1967 one of the two towers was in a dangerous state and Fife County Council called in the Army to demolish the East Tower. The remaining tower has a spiral staircase but the entrance is blocked off in the interests of public safety. This castle too has its ghost - it is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a woman, a "Grey Lady", who walks the grounds at night. She is said to be the ghost of Mary Sibbald, who was found guilty of stealing and died from her punishment.

 

 

Buy the guide to the Fife Coastal Path here