Cash to capture caves approved by Council

Wemyss Caves visualisation project scan picture
Wemyss Caves visualisation project scan picture

A project to digitally capture the Wemyss Caves has had a welcome funding boost thanks to the local area committee.

Councillors at last Wednesday’s meeting approved funds of just under £13,000 which will go towards the project.

In total, the project will cost around £45,000, with £20,000 of funding from SCAPE, £1500 from SWACS and £11,000 from Historic Scotland.

Work to expand the 4D project - piloted in November 2013 - has already had a lot of success, with state of the art laser capture technology being used, as well as drones to capture a detailed plan of the seascape around the caves.

Site work is now complete and over the next few months, the data will be processed so that eventually visitors to the Wemyss Caves 4D website (4dwemysscaves.org) can explore each cave and the whole surrounding coastline.

It is believed that this work might also find markings which have never been seen before.

I would love to see more people down there, so anything that will bring more people along I support.

Councillor John O’Brien

Councillor John O’Brien welcomed the report, commenting: “I fully support this, it is a great historical feature for this area and a great tourist attraction. I would love to see more people down there, so anything that will bring more people along I support.”

Cllr Andrew Rodger added: “Being a councillor in that area I’ve seen many projects brought forward which have disappeared. Any other country would have marketed these to tourists so differently, and that’s one thing that has disappointed me - that the caves haven’t had the recognition they deserve. Hopefully this is another stepping stone.”

The Wemyss Caves are under constant threat from coastal erosion, and Cllr Tom Adams recognised the importance of this project: “£12,000 is probably a lot less cost than the £2-3 million for sea defences, so at least this will help to capture something if the caves are taken from us.”

Those interested in the project can attend the SWACS annual lecture on April 21 at 7.30p.m. in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy.