West WemyssLeaving Dysart, the path now goes past the workings from Francis Colliery, a pit whose working coal seams went underneath the Forth. Pass through the wooded area at Blair point and ahead lies the picturesque village of West Wemyss.  Just before you reach it you pass on the left the burial place of the Wemyss family which has historical links with this area going back hundreds of years. Behind the walks in the gardens there is an old tower which was a doocot - and St. Mary's Chapel.  The high arched walls means that access is limited, but the turreted walls are interesting in themselves.  A chapel was first built in 1536, but this was destroyed during the reformation and the building was later used as a house by the Earls of Wemyss.

West WeymssWest Wemyss was once one of the most important ports in Fife, trading in coal and salt with the Continent. The name Wemyss comes from the Gaelic “weems” for the sandstone caves that are common on this part of the coastline.

The tollbooth at Wemyss is the most prominent feature of the village and was built in the 18th Century. On the top is a gold weathervane depicting a swan, the Wemyss family symbol.   A badly eroded panel with the family coat of arms states that the tollbooth was built by David who was Earl from 1793-1720. 

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