Boats in West Wemyss harbour
Wemyss Castle, viewed from the Fife Coastal Path near West Wemyss
Man and dog on the Fife Coastal Path near West Wemyss
West Wemyss
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West Wemyss sits on the Fife Coastal Path, and is typical of the many quaint coastal villages in Fife's East Neuk. It's not the only Wemyss in the area. There's a Coaltown of Wemyss and an East Wemyss, but West Wemyss is by far the prettiest of them all. The name 'wemyss' is said to be derived from a word meaning caves, either 'weems' or the Gaelic 'uaimh', and all along the coast, particularly near East Wemyss, are many caves burrowing into the striking red sandstone cliffs. Although an Ordnance Survey map might only say 'caves' once, there are in fact something like eight caves, many of which contain ancient carvings made by the Picts and those who came before and after.
Sadly, the caves have become dangerous and are no longer open to the public, but there remains much to see in the charming village of West Wemyss. There, you will find everything you could ever want in an East Neuk village: colourful houses with red-pantiled roofs and an old stone harbour, still in use, if the lobster creels are anything to go by. And if you venture out of the village on the Fife Coastal Path you will be rewarded by old towers and castle ruins and views out across the vast Firth of Forth towards far-off misty hills; to places you might have been before, and to places you will wish to go. For this is the Eust Neuk of Fife, a magical place that at times feels like the very core, and perhaps the spiritual power-house, of all Scotland.
WEST WEMYSS HARBOUR
WEMYSS CASTLE
FIFE COASTAL PATH
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How to
GET THERE

You can get a bus to West Wemyss from Kirkcaldy, which has a direct train service from Edinburgh.
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