levenmouth whale


Our History

& our ambitions!

The time is absolutely right for a big, inspirational project that everyone can get behind and which will really put Levenmouth on the map

- CLLR Graham Ritchie

The Levenmouth Whale Project was the brainchild of Graham Ritchie and Helen Ritchie. Levenmouth is an area which has suffered from deprivation for decades. Despite some success, numerous small regeneration projects have failed to reverse its decline. With the coming of the railway and the River Leven Project, the stage is set to create an unmissable visitor destination in the heart of the town.

Graham launched his idea at a well-attended public meeting in April 2019 with extensive publicity in the print and broadcast media. The project was greeted with massive support from residents, businesses, community councils, politicians and the third sector.

Consequently, a company with a board of directors and an action committee were formed to take the project forward.

1000-foot long pier in an award-winning contemporary design

Visitor Centre with exhibition space, cafe & educational facility

100-foot sculpture of humpback whales (with light and music)

Tidal turbine for energy self-sufficiency

Big Art &




In 2018, the Kelpies had over 1.3 million visitors in 2018


The V&A in Dundee has welcomed over 300,000 visitors since opening the doors in September 2018

UK Economy

The Arts & Culture industry contributes £8.5 billion per year to the UK economy

Scottish Economy

In Scotland the creative industries contribute £4.6 billion to the Scottish economy


Culture pays £2.6 billion in taxes, £5 for every £1 of public funding


In 2015 the creative industries employed 73,600 in Scotland

Our committee

& our volunteers

- Public Meeting (April 2019)

The Levenmouth Whale Project has adopted the Social Enterprise model to take the project forward. The group was officially incorporated on the 24th December 2019, registering with Companies House. Our company number is sc650244. Details of our company is available publicly on Companies House.

Ken Haig

Rhona Cunningham

Cllr Linda Holt

Harry Gibson

Mary Reilly

James Glen

Cllr Graham Ritchie

Gloria Gibson

Helen Ritchie

Elizabeth McGuire

Nyree Brunton

Michelle Ratcliffe

We are always looking for support to take the project forward, and we welcome any contribution, big or small, that helps us develop this ambitious project for the Levenmouth area. If you would like to volunteer with us please contact us, or you can sign our petition of support, or have a direct say in the project by becoming a member.



In 2018 there has been a surge of whale sightings in the Firth of Forth including humpbacks, minke, orcas and sperm whales.

Shorewatch have established a whale-watching base at Kinghorn, and will expand to Pittenweem. There are already 18 whale-watching bases established across Scotland



The Sea Bird Centre in North Berwick had an annual turnover of just over £1.2m in 2017 and 2018


Between April – August 2018 the Isle of May had over 13,500 visitors


The RSPB Loch Leven facility attracts over 200,000 visitors per year

business support

Levenmouth Rail Campaign
BRAG Enterprises
Design Fife
Buckhaven and Denbeath Community Council
Leven Community Council
Fife College
Methil Community Council
Fife Council
Social Enterprise Scotland
National Piers Society

show us your support

Get in touch!

Address: c/o Levenmouth Whale Project, Thomson House, Levenmouth Community Enterprise Centre, Harbour View, Methil, Leven, KY8 3RW
Email: info@levenmouth-whale.co.uk
Phone: 01334 828 969

Copyright © 2020: Levenmouth Whale Project (Company No: SC650 244) – All Rights Reserved.

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