Wemyss Coastal Trail

Point 6

Time

4:04

Distance (m)

273

# Steps

357

Point 6

Turn left, following the Fife Coastal Path and keeping the sea to the right of you. this will take us along the front of the car park and through a small entrance. After a short while, you’ll see the caves up on your left hand side. View the panel for more information!

You’re welcome to enter the caves, though proceed with extreme caution as the floor can be uneven and slippery!

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Johnathon's Cave
Jonathan's Cave, located in East Wemyss, Fife, is one of the Wemyss Caves known for its historical and archaeological significance. The cave features numerous Pictish carvings, dating back to the early medieval period, approximately from the 6th to the 8th century. These carvings include symbols such as double-discs, Pictish beasts, birds, animals, fish, and a boat with a high prow and stern, rudder, and five oars​ (Canmore)​​ (Canmore)​. The cave, also known as the Factor's Cave, contains not only these early carvings but also later additions, including a 19th-century cannon engraving. Jonathan's Cave has been a subject of interest since the 19th century, with significant documentation and studies conducted to preserve its carvings and historical context​ (Canmore)​​ (Welcome to Fife - Visit)​. In addition to its carvings, the cave has a rich history tied to the local community. The name "Jonathan's Cave" is believed to come from a man named Jonathan, who lived in the cave with his family in the late 18th century. This aspect of human habitation adds a layer of social history to the site​ (Canmore)​. The Wemyss Caves, including Jonathan's Cave, have been featured in various archaeological and historical studies and media, highlighting their importance in Scotland's cultural heritage. Take a tour of the caves from the museum we just past, Sunday's only. You can see a 4D tour of the cave by following this webpage - copy and paste it into a new tab on your browser! https://4dwemysscaves.org/cave/index.php?ccode=jc
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