Leven power station

The next few miles are through the built up areas of Buckhaven and Methil.  Buckhaven was once a thriving weaving village and fishing port, it was reported as having in 1831 the second-largest fishing fleet in Scotland with a total of 198 boats – now however the fishing industry has long gone and the area is quite run down. Methil  is a deprived area and most of it’s industries, including ship building are in decline –  on the way through the town the path passes the Methil Heritage Museum which chronicles the town and its history.  At the end of Methil, cross the river Leven and enter Leven itself. Leven also is a run down town and the now disused power station at the western end of the esplanade is a sign of an area that was much more vibrant industrially and commercially than it is today.  The esplanade however gives a good view of the road ahead – a good walk around the arc of Largo Bay. Leven is the last really built up area until St Andrews.

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