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Wemyss Firs - our District Campsite

We believe that amazing things can happen in the great outdoors, whether it’s a Beaver spending their first night under canvas or an Explorer earning their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, we know the positive benefits that well organised Scout events can provide for young people. That’s why we work hard to bring you an excellent venue for your next adventure, enabling you to focus on inspiring young people to reach their potential and helping them to develop skills for life!

Wemyss Firs is set in mature woodland off the A915 Standing Stane Road, Kirkcaldy, offering a secluded 4-acre camping field with indoor kitchen, dining, activity and toilet facilities.

Wemyss Firs has a long history with Scouting. It was first used as a training centre for the Wood Badge Training Scheme for leaders in 1921 and training continued at the site until 1939. SHQ was based there from 1925 until 1945. The last training course (69th) was held in August 1939, then training was abandoned with the outbreak of World War II. After the war, SHQ and Adult Training moved from Wemyss Firs to Fordell Firs.

A lease was set up between Kirkcaldy District Scout Council and Captain Michael Wemyss for the use of the current site as a Scout campsite in 1986. 

In 2014, we were offered the opportunity of a new modular building and have invested heavily in this fantastic new facility at the site. The new building has replaced the two timber huts that were previously at the site and incorporates a kitchen, dining room, activity room and toilets all in one building.

We are open...

As of 1st April 2021, we have reopened to support your return to face-to-face Scouting. We have gone to great lengths to make sure we have all the necessary safety measures in place to reopen safely. 


At present, we are open for:

  • Small groups, up to 25 participants maximum, with a maximum of 15 in a bubble. 
  • Non-residential day or evening activities only.
  • Groups must be from the Fife Council local authority catchment area.
  • We can only allow one section (up to 25 participants) per day, followed by a 72 hour site quarantine before the next booking. 

We understand that these restrictions can severely limit the number of participants you can have at the moment but we hope these will ease in the coming weeks to allow back-to-back sections with a much-reduced sanitisation period between sections/bubbles.


We have produced a risk assessment relating to the Campsite, this can be downloaded below. Groups are required to produce their own risk assessments for the activities they complete at Wemyss Firs.

Important Documents and Risk Assessments (COVID-19)

How to book

Before booking, please take time to read the Campsite Rules and Campsite Fee’s documents. Then:


  • Check the calendar for a free date.
  • Complete the Secure Booking Enquiry Form
  • Await response from the Booking Co-ordinator.
  • Send the booking fee within 14 days.

We process all booking data in line with GDPR. For more details, read our Privacy Statement.

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