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Leven is a Town in the Fife area of Scotland, 37 miles north of Edinburgh, via the Firth of Forth Road Bridge. Leven is connected to the smaller towns of Methil and Buckhaven to the south.

The Town is popular for its Beach, Golf, Fife Heritage Railway, and Methil Heritage Centre for the history of the area. Wemyss Caves are 4 miles south with a Museum and Guided Tours.

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See also a large Click On Map for the area Top Attractions.

Camping & Touring Parks in the area.

The image top is looking north along Leven Promenade and Beach. There is a large Car Park at the south side of the Beach, normally with a Snack Bar.

The second image is of Festival Gardens mid way along the Promenade. There are Monuments in the Garden to commemorate the first Polish independent Parachute Brigade that was formed and trained in the Leven area. The main Monument was unveiled in 1964, on the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem, that took place in September 1944.

The Skate Park is situated at the north end of the Promenade, where there are Life Guards in summer months at the north end of the Beach.

Leven Beach Holiday Park overlooks the north end of the Beach. The Holiday Park also has areas for Touring and Camping.

Leven Links Golf Club is also situated at the north end of the Promenade, founded in 1846.

Scoonie Golf Club is situated next to Leven Links, founded in 1891. This course is now run by Fife Council, so less expensive than Leven Links.

Levenmouth Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre is at the south end of the Promenade, by the Bus Station and south end of the High Street.

The High Street runs from Shorehead Square at the Bus Station north, with the largest stores being New Look and JD Sports.

Fife Heritage Railway is situated on the west side of Leven. There are a number of Open Days throughout the year listed on the website.

Methil Heritage Centre is situated to the south of Leven in the Methil area. This is a Free Museum with a Cafe, giving information on Local History.

Leven History

1824 - the Haig Distillery was opened on the west side of Leven at Cameron Bridge. This Distillery grew to be the largest Grain Distillery in Scotland, now owned by Diageo, producing about 30 million gallons of spirit per year. Popular brands over the years include Haig, Cameron Brig, and Dimple. This Distillery is now named Cameron Bridge, no visitors allowed.

1800s mid - Deep Coal Mining began in Fife extracting vast quantities of Coal at depths around 1,500ft. The Wellesley Colliery was situated on the south side of Leven at Buckhaven, employing around 2,000 men.

1846 - Leven Links Golf Club was founded.

1854 - the Leven Railway opened, connecting the Town to the Edinburgh to Aberdeen main line, the beginning of Tourism to the area for the Beach and Golf.

1965 - Methil Power Station opened, powered by low grade waste coal from local Coal Mines.

1969 - the Railway Station closed.

1972 - the Wellesley Colliery closed, with the site now used for Wind Turbines.

2000 - the Methil Power Station was closed after all the Coal Mines had closed and it had used up all the low grade Coal from the Mine Tips.

2011 - the Methil Power Station was demolished so the site could be used for a Retail Park.

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