Limekilns Heritage Trust SCIO is a register charity SC047075

We need your help to save Limekilns Pier!


        Latest News

  • Jan'20: Limekilns Dip cancelled due to unsuitable tides.
  • Nov'19: New video of pier completed.
  • Sep'19: Model of pier built to demonstrate how use of gabion cages could offer protection and support future restoration.
  • Aug'19: New security fence erected on pier.
  • Jun'19: Meeting with Lord Bruce, the Architect & Surveyor for the Estate to discuss emergency repairs.
  • May'19: LHT AGM - 29th May
  • Apr'18: LHT first AGM - 4th April.
  • Feb'18: Pier is surveyed by David Narro Associates.
  • Jan'18: Application for National lottery 'Awards for All' successful!
  • Jan'18: Limekilns Dip fundraising event.
  • Nov'17: First grant application was submitted to the National Lottery 'Awards for All' for seed funding.
  • Oct'17: Virgin Money Giving account set up .
  • Sept'17: Draft lease agreement submitted by Estate.
  • Aug'17: Membership of LHT available.
  • May'17: Registration of charity with HMRC.
  • Jan '17: Charity status received for  'Limekilns Heritage Trust'. 7 Trustees appointed.
  • Jan'17: Limekilns Dip fundraising event.
  • Nov'16: The Earl of Elgin agrees to 30 year lease
  • Jul'16: Limekilns Heritage Trust constitution completed.
  • Jun'16: Fifteen strong committee formed.
  • Feb'16:  Presentation in church hall
  • Oct'15:  Campaign starts to see if villagers keen to save the pier.

The Trust

A group of concerned local residents came together early in 2016 determined to save the pier for the community.  That group has transformed into Limekilns Heritage Trust, an incorporated charitable organisation registered in Scotland.  The principal aims of the Trust are to preserve historic sites within the local communities of Limekilns, Charlestown and Pattiesmuir and to educate local children and the general public about the attaching history.  The first goal is to secure the structure of the pier, the centre of many events in village life over the years, and prevent its loss as a community asset.

Limekilns Pier is in a desperate state 

The pier is currently listed on the 'Buildings at Risk register for Scotland' as AT RISK. The condition is described as 'very poor' and risk category defined as 'high'.

Why Limekilns Pier is Historically Important

Limekilns harbour was for centuries the Port of Dunfermline in Fife and was constituted by David II in 1362, however it was likely to have been used as a harbour before this period. The Ghauts (Scot's name for a trench) are an approx. 100 ft. wide by 150 ft. long cutting in a low ridge of rocks forming an entrance. The cutting is 9ft high and the ridge slopes away on either side. There is much fallen debris and the remains of mooring posts on both sides.

The present pier was constructed in the 16th century and runs straight out for 250 yds. and is 120 yds. short of the ghauts. The pier is in the Fife Council and the Dunfermline Parish. It is a category C building and was listed on 19/12/1979.