The Wemyss Caves
Come and see the largest collection of Pictish carvings anywhere – still in the place they were made over 1,500 years ago.
Located on a dramatic stretch of Fife coastline overlooking the Firth of Forth, the Wemyss Caves are home to over 50 inscribed symbols, animal figures and a depiction of an early medieval boat. The caves also house several crosses carved by the first Christian missionaries to visit the area and on the cliffs above sit the remains of medieval Macduff Castle, once home to the Earls of Fife.
Our Visitor Centre in the village of East Wemyss will be open every Sunday and some Saturdays between 1:30pm and 4:30pm from April to September. The guided tour departs at 2pm but on busy days you may be allocated to a second tour which will leave shortly after.
If you are booked on a tour, please arrive in advance if you want to look round the Museum as there may not be time at the end.
Advance booking for the tour is not necessary but helps to give us an idea of expected numbers.
This is a coastal landscape with some uneven ground and includes many steps. A full tour to the caves and back is one mile long and usually lasts around an hour and a half. If you might find this a problem, please let us know in advance and we can arrange a shorter tour for you. Please bring suitable footwear and clothing.
You are very welcome to spend time looking round our Museum, housed in the Visitor Centre, without taking the guided tour. We even have a Virtual Reality installation which provides a fully immersive experience of visiting the caves without leaving the building.
As well as telling the story of the caves, the Museum has displays and information on local geology and history, including later industries based in the village like mining and textiles.
Refreshments and toilet facilities are available in our seated cafe area.
Please note that there is no on-site parking in The Haugh, which is a cul-de-sac and highly unsuitable for visitor traffic. Please park instead in the public areas on Main Street or Back Dykes, from where it is a three minute walk to the Visitor Centre. We can however arrange disabled parking at the Visitor Centre on request.
All tours are given free of charge, but as a voluntary organisation we encourage donations from those who can afford it. Your donations enable us to continue protecting the site so that it can to be enjoyed into the future.