The Caves and SWACS
The Wemyss Caves are a nationally important heritage site under threat from coastal erosion, structural instability and vandalism. The caves along with the remains of Macduff’s Castle are designated as a scheduled monument.
The site contains the largest collection of Pictish inscribed symbols in one place, together with the ruins of the medieval Macduff Castle and remains of later industrial activity. There is archaeological evidence for activity on and around the site for at least 4,000 years.
The Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society aims to secure the caves, carvings and other archaeological remains; manage and ensure safe access to them for the public; learn and understand more about the people who have lived and worked here through the ages; and share and celebrate the heritage of the Wemyss Caves.
Look at the full timetable for our upcoming guided tours and other events.
Learn all about the rich history of the area and explore the caves in details on our 4D Wemyss Caves website.4dwemysscaves.org
SWACS are always on the lookout for new members and volunteers. We want you to be part of our work to protect and preserve the important heritage of the caves, whatever your skills and how much time you can spare. Whether it's helping with landscape maintenance, giving guided tours, cataloguing our archives, lending a hand on open days or just doing something in your own time, we'd love to hear from you. Please consider becoming a member and getting involved today!
In the news
- 04 Jul
Sharing Heritage: SWACS receive £3000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the Wemyss Caves Community FestivalRead more
SWACS has received a £3000 Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant to fund an exciting new community festival.
- 12 JunRead more
On 6 June SWACS handed over a collection of wild birds’ eggs, plus the preserved skins and pelts of other wildlife specimens, to the National
- 09 JunRead more
Michael Alexander digs deep to explore the folklore behind some of Fife and Tayside’s most famous caves.
Read all the past news from SWACS.
What people say about their visit to the caves
I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic tour you gave our family. Learned so much about our local history from your knowledgeable guide.Janet Bruce, Fife
What a fantastic hidden gem. A must-see for anyone visiting Fife.Iain Gardner and family, USA