Latest call to save the ancient Wemyss Caves

Members, friends and volunteers from the Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society in the chamber at Parliament
Members, friends and volunteers from the Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society in the chamber at Parliament
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A KIRKCALDY MSP believes ancient caves in danger of being lost to the sea could become a major tourist attraction if saved.

David Torrance has called on the Scottish Government to recognise the ongoing work to preserve the historical landmarks.

The Wemyss Caves at East Wemyss date back to Pictish times and contain important carvings from between the fifth and ninth centuries. It is thought there are more ancient drawings there than anywhere else in Scotland.

A complex of seven natural caves, it is believed they were occupied by Christian hermits during the 11th century. But in recent years they have been hit by coastal erosion and vandalism and there are concerns they could be lost unless urgent action is taken.

Mr Torrance has set up meetings with Historic Scotland and Fife Council to discuss the way forward.

He said: “We are looking to set up a social enterprise to create employment in the area and market the Wemyss Caves as a major tourist attraction. Historic Scotland is already on board and I’m trying 
to highlight to the Scottish Government the need for action.

“The loss of these caves would be a tragedy.”