West Wemyss, Fife Coast

West Wemyss, Fife Coast, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on the quaint, conservation village of West Wemyss which is located on the Fife Coast, just north of Kirkaldy.

The village probably owes its existence to nearby Wemyss Castle which dates from the 12th century. Later, prosperity was stimulated by industrial development including a harbour, coal mining and a glassworks.

By the mid 20th century the town was in decline but subsequent major property restoration initiatives combined with a good community spirit has seen the position stabilised. However, there remains much to do. It is unfortunate that the major hotel has been closed for a number of years as the site offers superb views over the Firth of Forth and would attract additional visitors to the area. The Fife Coastal Path  (150km long) runs past to the village and consequently passing hikers call in.

The name ‘Wemyss’ is of Gaelic origin and mean ”at the cave’. This is apposite because the coastline in the area is well endowed with caves which were carved out by the sea before the land level rose leaving a series of raised beaches.

Nearby is another conservation village, Coaltown of Wemyss and also East Wemyss and MacDuff’s Castle. In this relatively small area can be found a high concentration of historic sites and scenery.

Image above shows the the 16th century Tolbooth.

Here is Main Street with its pastel shaded houses.

West Wemyss, Fife Coast

West Wemyss, Fife Coast, Scotland

 This was a pub known as the Wemyss Arms but now converted to a community run establishment known as the West Wemyss Walk Inn which is a combined cafe/bistro/ function room and shop.

West Wemyss Old Inn, Fife Coast

West Wemyss Old Inn, Fife Coast, Scotland

 Here is Wemyss Castle. The old structure can be seen in the far left of the image (tower) and centre.

Wemyss Castle, Fife Coast

Wemyss Castle, Fife Coast, Scotland

 

This spot is deserving of a visit.

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