About Buckhaven

Population: 5,569

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A town in Wemyss parish situated on the Firth of Forth, Buckhaven was once a weaving village and fishing port, it was reported as having, in 1831, the second largest fishing fleet in Scotland with a total of 198 boats. Following World War 1 the fishing industry declined and from the early 1900’s Buckhaven developed as a mining town, the local pits included the Wellesley, Earlseat, Wellsgreen and Lochhead.

Said to be descended from Norsemen who settled there in the 9th century, its fisherfolk bought an episcopal church in St Andrews in 1869 and transported it stone by stone to Buckhaven. It was restored in the 1980’s and turned into a theatre which currently houses a youth theatre group which is nationally renowned.

Buckhaven is on the Fife Coastal Path and it is a short walk to Wemyss Caves and Largo Bay. Amongst other local attractions is the beach and golf courses in Leven and Lundin Links and East Fife F.C. play at New Bayview Park, Methil. The East Neuk of Fife with its many tourist attractions, including The Old Course St. Andrews, The Secret Bunker and Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, is a short drive away along the coast.

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