Following their highly satisfactory lunch at Dunnikier House Hotel, the delightful assistants made the most of the fine afternoon by hopping onto the Fife Coastal Path at East Wemyss (pronounced weems).
Covering a distance of 117 miles, the The Fife Coastal Path snakes through towns and villages dotted along the Fife coast, affording many splendid views of the North Sea. The presence of rigs and ships made the assistants’ chauffeur feel nostalgic for a past life in the oil industry.
As seen in the first photograph, the village of East Wemyss was well protected by a sturdy wall, but this came to an end on the outskirts of the village as the path meandered close to the rocky coastline.
On the landward side of the path there were a number of caves scooped out of the hillside. Many of these caves, rather surprisingly, hid ancient treasures.
According to a noticeboard near the path:
It is said that there are more ancient carvings in the Wemyss caves than the rest of Britain put together. The carvings are Pictish, Christian and Viking. Many are of animals, gods and fertility symbols.
The assistants didn’t examine the caves, since there were notices warning of danger from crumbling rocks, but they were most interested to learn of the cave art.
As they toddled on in the direction of Buckhaven, the path turned into a staircase.
Happy to fulfil the requirements of their exercise regime to shuffle about on a variety of different terrains, they set off gamely up the steps.
Halfway up the staircase they were delighted to find a seat upon which they could rest their weary bones while their chauffeur bounded on up to the top, where she found the ruinous remains of MacDuff Castle.
The original castle was thought to have been built in the 11th Century but the oldest parts of the ruins still standing date to the 14th Century.
Back at the steps, the delightful assistants made a careful descent, sensibly holding on to the handrail provided.
Safely down at sea level, they walked back along the path to East Wemyss. As they entered the village they passed a chalet-style house with a Scottish flag and Buddhist sculptures in the garden.
As they climbed back into the car ready for the drive home, they reflected on what a splendid day it had been: beautiful sunshine, a tasty luncheon and an enjoyable coastal walk in the invigorating sea air. All in all, a most successful day out.