Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (S.W.A.C.S.)

Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (S.W.A.C.S.) Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society was formed on October 8th 1986 to protect and conserve the Wemyss This resulted in the destruction of the swan drawing.

About The Society

In September 1986 vandals drove a car from Buckhaven along the main road, down Jonathan’s Wynd and into the Cave where they set it on fire. The swan is a part of the Wemyss Coat of Arms and represents a learned person. It has now been lost forever. This needless act of vandalism resulted in the formation of "Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society" or SWACS on October 8th 1986.

The Society works for the preservation. of the Caves and their unique markings recording all aspects of the Caves and education about them. One of the Society's first successes resulted in the installing of a metal grille in 1988 to prevent access to Jonathan’s Cave. Kirkcaldy District Council, with a Manpower Services Team in conjunction with Historic Scotland, did this work. Tragically a few months after the grille was installed the high tides washed away 5 metres, 16 feet, of road and prevented access to the Cave. However Fife Regional Council stepped in and built a rough stone barrier, which has withheld the storms. This path allows visiting parties into the Cave to see the unique drawings, mainly Pictish but also what is either a Pictish or a Viking ship, said to be the oldest drawing of a ship in the country.

We have a range of original gifts - all a fiver or under! - perfect as stocking filler ideas for Christmas. Plus a speci...
22/11/2023

We have a range of original gifts - all a fiver or under! - perfect as stocking filler ideas for Christmas. Plus a special offer of two of our beautiful Winter themed greetings cards, ideal if you are looking for unique Christmas cards this year

We had a bookstall at the annual conference organised by the Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee (TAFAC). The conf...
05/11/2023

We had a bookstall at the annual conference organised by the Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee (TAFAC). The conference was well attended and featured presentations from all over the Tayside and Fife area.

Thank you for having us along!

In the 6th century, Saint Columba's ability to direct the winds was said to be a gift from God. But in 17th Century Scot...
29/10/2023

In the 6th century, Saint Columba's ability to direct the winds was said to be a gift from God. But in 17th Century Scotland, women were condemned as witches and put to death for raising storms and sinking ships.

On 26th November, SWACS have organised an event in Court Cave where storyteller Rowan Morrison will weave the true tales of these women along with storm-raising folklore from Scotland.

Afterwards, Rowan will give a short talk about the real-life story of a mother and daughter from Fife that were executed for witchcraft. There will be an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of her book, The Witches of Culross, and warm your bones with a hot drink that is included in the ticket price.
Please note this is an adults-only event.

Storyteller Rowan Morrison draws on folklore and true stories to explore the supernatural storm-raisers of Scotland.

Like the rest of the Fife Coast, last week’s storm has left a lot of work at East Wemyss to clean up the coastline. Whil...
27/10/2023

Like the rest of the Fife Coast, last week’s storm has left a lot of work at East Wemyss to clean up the coastline. While the water did pe*****te some caves we think there has been no damage to the carvings.

Outside is another story, and the scale of the problem and size of some of the debris is too big for us to tackle beyond tidying up the immediate vicinity of Court Cave and the information boards.

We are in discussions with organisations who do have the resources and equipment needed and hopefully action will happen soon, though the more severe damage elsewhere to the coastal path is obviously their priority.

One interesting result of the storm is that it has exposed a stretch of the foundations of the 19th century sea wall between East Wemyss and Buckhaven, which wasn’t thought to have survived.

That's a wrap!Due to the weather, the official last round of tours was cancelled, but there is no need to feel like you'...
22/10/2023

That's a wrap!

Due to the weather, the official last round of tours was cancelled, but there is no need to feel like you've missed out. We'll be running our Sunday tours again next April.

Thank you to all the visitors we've had this year, and we look forward to more of you next.

Don't worry about not hearing from us, there's some fun posts to be made, so keep an eye out.

15/10/2023

Just how dark is Well Cave?

It's an amazing experience to go inside and see the cave being lit up and walking around all the graffiti inside.

We're having our open day today (booked tickets through Eventbrite only) and cannot wait to begin the tours!

Tickets are now available for a special opening of the Well Cave next Sunday.
07/10/2023

Tickets are now available for a special opening of the Well Cave next Sunday.

Special opening of the cave where, until the end of the 19th century, local people celebrated the now-forgotten tradition of Handsel Monday

How did we miss this? A glowing review of our tours of the Caves. Absolutely love hearing people sharing how much they e...
26/09/2023

How did we miss this? A glowing review of our tours of the Caves. Absolutely love hearing people sharing how much they enjoy coming along and seeing the carvings and learning the history of the local area.

We have nearly reached the end of the season this year but have some exciting things planned for October and the new year! Before regular tours open up again next spring.

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A little last minute on our behalf however, an opportunity for a drop in evening at the Methil Heritage Centre. Looks li...
25/09/2023

A little last minute on our behalf however, an opportunity for a drop in evening at the Methil Heritage Centre. Looks like exciting things to come!

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Terras Hall, The Haugh
Kirkcaldy
KY14SB

Opening Hours

1:30pm - 4pm

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