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Well Cave

MacDuff Castle

East Wemyss

KY1 4RT

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A one-off open day to allow the public to see inside Well Cave and learn the history of this special place.

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The Wemyss Caves are famous for the ancient Pictish carvings that have been adorning their walls for over 1,500 years, but did you know that there are traditions, stories and indeed other carvings that have accrued over the many years since the time of the Picts, connecting the caves to people who maybe still live in the vicinity? Perhaps the cave that best illustrates this wealth of local material is the Well Cave, but unfortunately – due to a rock fall within – it has been closed for the last couple of years. Now, however, SWACS have assessed the risks and put in place the necessary mitigations to enable a special one-off open day to allow the public to see inside. So, if you want to learn about Handsel Monday, or find out about the well which gives the cave its name, or perhaps discover whether there really was a secret tunnel connecting to the castle above, then sign up for this special day! SWACS guides will be on hand to escort you and introduce you to the fascinating and unique history of this space.

Please note that you must be able to crawl a short distance (not more than 2m) through a very low tunnel to get into the main chamber of the cave. Also, it is not recommended if you are claustrophobic.

The cave being an enclosed space, it will be necessary to limit numbers in order to keep everybody safe, so you must book your place in advance. Also, you will be required to wear a face-covering inside.

Visitors will need to make their way down to Castle Green where the cave is situated. The route will be signposted both from MacDuff Castle and from the parking areas along the sea front.

There is no charge for this event, 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.

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Well Cave

MacDuff Castle

East Wemyss

KY1 4RT

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Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (SWACS) are volunteers who work all year round to protect, preserve and promote the Pictish carvings and other important heritage at the Wemyss Caves in Fife.

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