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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.
Upcoming EventsOur new Visitor Centre in the village of East Wemyss will be open every Sunday between 1:30pm and 4pm from April to September. The guided tour usually departs at 2:30pm but we may run more tours when busy. Advance booking for the tour is strongly recommended as there is a practical limit of 25 visitors in a group and we can't take any more once full.
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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!
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