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
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
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
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
Leven Beach Holiday
Park overlooks the north end of the Beach.
The Holiday Park also has areas for Touring and
Leven Links Golf
Club is also situated at the north end of
the Promenade, founded in 1846.
Club is situated next to Leven Links,
founded in 1891. This course is now run by Fife
Council, so less expensive than Leven
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.
Railway is situated on the west side of
Leven. There are a number of Open Days
throughout the year listed on the website.
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.
1824 - the Haig Distillery
was opened on the west side of Leven at Cameron
Bridge. This Distillery grew to be the largest
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
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
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
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
2011 - the Methil Power Station was
demolished so the site could be used for a