Others have traced the Cave’s name from the days when James
V, disguised as the ‘Guidman of Ballangiech’, had an
incident with the gypsies who were staying in the Cave at this time.
Cave has two large entrances and two passageways, one a short one
through the end of which was an opening so that the ladies from
Wemyss who gutted the herring in Buckhaven could walk home safely
when the tide was high. This passageway was later used to carry
the pipe from the Macduff gasworks along the shore to the village.
The other was at the back of the Cave and was said to lead to Kennoway,
three miles away. However there has been a fall here and the floor
rises to the roof, about 20 metres in. For safety reasons the Kennoway
entrance has also been sealed.
Wemyss Coal Company built five brick pillars into the Cave in 1934,
to prevent the collapse of this famous cave due to mining works
from the Michael Colliery below the ground. When the front of the
Cave collapsed in 1970, one of the pillars was demolished, almost
blocking the main entrance. There was a further small fall in 1990
when a tree fell from the cliff above the entrance.